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Monitored

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Tyang Karyel

Date : August 09, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

Today, human existence can be measured in pixels and in 140 characters. We live in a hyper digitized age where much of what we do, we do online. We order food, do groceries, buy clothes, have relationships, watch shows, take classes, pay the bills, and fall in love through a screen. In an age where every moment is captured and posted, and every activity, no matter how mundane, is glorified, online presence has become the only presence that matters. Countless of people are attracted by the idea of a well-curated life. Self-absorbed by the notion of being “seen”, many live with their heads down looking at their phones. With so many living their realities online, what then is left of the real world?

We live in a world where our hopes and dreams hinge on this dependency on connectivity. Through screens and glass windows, our lives are watched. Through the veil of technology, we are monitored. But what happens when one leaves this digitized mecca? Does one stop existing when one goes offline? Will one be forgotten?

Tyang Karyel’s Monitored takes a glimpse at today’s digital crazed society and the distorted realities we cage ourselves into in the hopes of a different, more aesthetically pleasing life.

 

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Hello Hello Ohlala

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Reen Barrera

Date : August 09, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

Breathing life into found objects and creating one of a kind toys, Reen Barrera is a modern day Geppetto. With a craftsmanship common to masters of a bygone are, Barrera painstakingly creates each doll from scratch with great attention to the most minute of details. Created from an eclectic mix of materials, from wood and resin, to cloth and metal, his toys look as if it has seen countless of lifetimes, being passed on from generation to generation. The glass like faces of his dolls look both delicate and worn, harboring a certain mystery and charm behind its placid expression. Though there is more than meets the eye beneath its wood grained skin and painted faces.

 

Much like people, each doll has a story to tell. Barrera’s story starts at the crux of his childhood where his talent for toy-making started. Growing up, he didn’t have many toys. To make up for the lack thereof he decided to take matters into his own hands and create his very own. What spurned in him is a unique creativity and perspective as he perused everyday articles to create something new. Where others saw as nothing, he saw life.

 

A personal journey which somehow mirrors his journey as an artist,  ‘Oh La la’ is a colorful fantastical world with an imaginary set of genderless beings who face very human experiences. Inspired by his father’s expression at points of either anger or amusement, the quirky namesake walks on the edge of two worlds; one of mysticism and one of reality. Barrera gives a layer of depth to his dolls by weaving current social issues, as well as his personal experiences into his pieces. He injects hints of socio-economic commentaries into his work, focusing on the common ground between classes. That whether you are rich or poor, everyone has no choice but to go through life and make things happen for themselves. Each doll’s head is then covered with a canvas cloth to give ‘Oh La la’ a freedom to paint their own symbols and to design their own fate.

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Farewell

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Mr.S

Date : August 09, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

Farewells are often said at the onset of change, and in life, change is the non-negotiable. It happens in every facet of living and the act of parting becomes second nature. Often times change happens beneath the surface, like a strong current pulling and pushing underneath still waters. And like currents, a change in one’s self is more often than not a change unbeknownst to the naked eye.

There lies a fluidity with change that happens within. It happens whether one likes it or not. Change does not ask for permission. It is subtle and creeping, yet encompassing and, at times, eclipsing. Inevitable and powerful, an inner alteration is a ripple effect that penetrates past the skin. It affects not only the self but how one relates to the things and the people around them. It, in effect, can spark a change in others. But fare warning, the change within does not always coincide with the change of others. A farewell within may cause a farewell to those who knew the you you said goodbye to.

Mr.S’ Farewell is an homage to change, and all that we gain and lose in the process.

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