Hand Holds Gold, Hand Holds Sand
By Michael Mueller
The haves and the have nots. The owners of the means of production and the proletariat. Master and slave. Cristòfol Pons’ latest exhibition, Hand Holds Gold, Hand Holds Sand, critiques the existing world order and examines the intellectual tradition that seeks to transform it.
Drawing inspiring from a canon that runs from Plato to Nietzsche to Sartre, the Menorcan artist creates a kind of surrealist pop art for the philosophical world, executed with a precision that reflects the artist’s alter ego as illustrator. The acrylic paintings of series are divided into two sections, Power and Thought, and perhaps offer up the key for creating a just society.