Black Tourmaline, 2017

Black Tourmaline (front) and Black Tourmaline (back), depict a crystalline gemstone known as tourmaline. The rock belongs to Christopher Riley, a photographer friend of Tribe who has an extensive rock collection. The specific rock photographed by Tribe is one of Riley’s favorites, and these rock images present a type of ‘poetic portrait’ honoring their friendship. It is interesting to note that you are simultaneously seeing both the front and the back of the same rock. The pairing invites a set of questions. Is this the same rock? Why show both sides? Also, the experience of seeing two things simultaneously that in reality could never be viewed as such creates a brief moment of cognitive dissonance.

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