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Since The Death Of Painting Everyone Has Been Fucking The Corpse

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Manuel Ocampo, Jayson Oliveria, Carlos Ricafort, and Gerardo Tan

Date : July 18, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

Manuel Ocampo

Jayson Oliveria

Carlos Ricafort

Gerardo Tan

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Art Appreciation

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Mike Crisostomo

Date : July 18, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

When we go to an art exhibit, what is our primary reaction to the works being displayed? Can we still quantify as authentic such a response? What does genuine response actually mean and entail? Are responses obligated by our societal relationships and transactional duties in this scene? Have we really learned how to look at artworks properly? Do we not see forms as they are, the composition of a work in relation to scale and format? How about medium in relation to the density of a stroke, the trajectories and conjectures of subject matter and theme to the artist’s intention? Or is it all merely procedural as shows go on being mounted every month, and pictures of them get avalanched by the digital dust of more recent postings?

Yet artists create more works, galleries put-up more shows, expand into bigger spaces to belie or affirm rather, the routine of it all. Why do we, really? To appreciate means to be fully aware of the worth of something, or to regard or value something highly, or to be keenly sensitive in enjoying something deeply or fully.

In viewing Mike Crisostomo’s work, do we take time to observe how vivid colors offset each other, how they flow into rivulets of milky streams or spasm into candy-colored vomit, how land forms crystallize into prism sunsets? The images may all be too familiar, culled from regurgitated studies like dried paint flakes rubbed off from a palette board, but filtered through the views of someone suffering from color blindedness, a handicap used instead as a trump card. Landscape had been a constant subject matter as it had always been the most forgiving to be distorted and abstracted in multiple ways. It seems second nature to paint it in the most explosive and flamboyant way, that painting in such a manner or style becomes its own being. To hell with depictions of grandeur, Mike paints them how they may exist as paintings, as art, as an object for appreciation, the genuine one, of course.

You like it, just buy it, ok ☺

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Artist/Type of Exhibit : Joseph Tecson

Date : July 18, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

Joseph Tecson’s new group of paintings is predominantly a continuation of his series engaging with the genre of landscapes, which has largely preoccupied the artist for the last five years since his successive art residencies in Switzerland in 2013 and 2014, wherein he shifted gradually from portrait painting. In the new paintings the forms are less defined with its elements drifting to abstraction.

Employing new techniques and mediums like acrycast and resin as a base for a more sculptural effect, the discolored yet expressive surfaces of Tecson’s mountains and seascapes appear to have been eroded by time, as if reminding the viewer of one’s temporal existence.The dried result of the combined materials, including oil and spray lacquer also imbue the paintings with an atmosphere of fleeting anxiety- we detect the artist’s renegade handling of paint, influenced by the chaos of contemporary reality and the raw power of nature. Consolidating deliberate process, chance, and memory, Tecson renders through painting the inescapable transition of appearances over time.

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