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Artist/Type of Exhibit : Gerome Soriano
Date : Nov 14
Time : 6:00 PM
“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” ― Marcel Duchamp
In Circles, artist Gerome Soriano shows the latest from the series of videos and zine that has been in development since 2017. The hypnotic circle video were assembled and edited from still images that were captured in between travelling and exploring the city. The circular shape became the formal focus of the video mimicking the doldrums of everyday life and a way to create with a limited amount of time. Gerome’s penchant for meditation led him to become a keen observer of everyday life, seeing beauty on otherwise mundane objects. What started out as an outgrowth to observation became a continuing series that has resulted to 4 video art and a few that are still works in progress. The looping video is a metaphor for the never ending cycle of everyday life and the routine that we all go through to survive life. The ongoing series has proven to be ripe in potential that has extended to the print media that will also be shown side by side in the show.
Opining on the same concerns, Gerome recreates the same looping energy in print format resulting to a highly engaging zine that don’t share the normal expected format of the usual zine. The circle zine borrows the same visual language with its video brethren but with a more ironic take on the shape of circle. Although the settings on the images are predominantly urban the series has the potential to expand to different places and express different languages using the same circular format. The extension of the work in the zine format shares the ethos of artists like Takashi Murakami, Dex Fernandez, and Mark Salvatus to transgress art to merchandise in order for the art to reflect and fuse with the everyday life. Echoing the optical art of the 60’s Gerome was able to bring the same energy of the movement but with contemporary materials and concern.
The practice of creating art in a limited space and time appeals to artists and viewers alike as it creates a kinship that almost everyone shares, the lack of time. In this day and age were everyone is on the go and everyone is too busy to stop, Gerome invites us to take a closer look at what we see every day, to pause and enjoy life more. The focus on everyday life and everyday objects harkens back to Duchamp and the constant questioning of what is art. Duchamp much like Gerome fell in love with the rhythm of the rotating circular object, creating calm amidst the chaos of life.
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Neil DC
Date : Nov 14
Time : 6:00 PM
In this modern world where everything is massive, fast, and subject to change at any moment’s notice, sending out any kind of message gets drowned out in the noise. Too many people with too many messages. And each one demanding to be heard. Often all at the same time.
We’re living in a sea of information. Waves come and go. Some ride the waves, some are content getting wiped out. And nobody, maybe except the unprepared and the unlucky are drowning.
In the process of this series, we ceased being part of the social media scene. Facebook, Instagram. Twitter. We shut them down and awaited for what we assumed was silence.
Our disconnect didn’t stop the world. But it gave us a small window to rise above the garbled noise.
We scream. We shout.
We did not as a call for help or a cry for attention. But because we felt like making a sound.
To show we’re alive. That is neither positive nor negative. Just showed that we feel. Old-fashioned, analog feelings.
In a world that we often view as maybe spinning too fast, we stopped to catch our breath.
A whistle in the dark.
A hum while we work.
A speech when no one is listening.
An analog ground in the digital sea. Which in all probability means nothing in the long run. It will only matter to those who think it matters. We did nothing important.
Nothing to make the world change.
We’re here to enjoy the moment we surfaced from the digital world. And hung around long enough to know that this neither helped nor harmed us. It was just something we are all allowed to do every now and then.
And guess what? We’re diving back in the digital sea after we breathe our last gulp. Because digital is still the world where we live in.
The ANALOG SIGNAL fades when we do.
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Atsuko Yamagata
Date : Nov 14
Time : 6:00 PM
Memories are the lifeblood of the human experience. Underneath hollow skeletons of flesh and bone, memories animate the soul. It is the driving force of the living. It creates identity, transforms experience, shifts perspective, and influences choice. It is both cause and effect. But despite its power, memory is not immune to the limitations of this temporal plane.
Memory is delicate. It blurs as it accumulates. It fades as time passes. Fragile and fleeting, it carries within its wisp a quality that’s both elusive yet unyielding. It stains itself on the threads of our history, yet all stains fade over time. But despite this natural tendency, we grasp for remembrance. We document moments, create landmarks, and leave clues, all in the hopes that we never forget.
In Remembrance, Atsuko Yamagata delves into the country’s tumultuous past and gives breath to a relic and life to a memory. Unprejudiced by emotion, she dives headfirst into retrospect. With an artifact that symbolizes an era of oppression, she takes it apart and weaves it together to create a keyhole into the past. She manipulates material and transforms it into a living, breathing organism. It moves into our consciousness and makes itself known. Remembrance, at it’s very core, is an act of preservation. In Remembrance, Atsuko makes witnesses of us all.