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Artist/Type of Exhibit : Renz Bautista
Date : May 11, 2017
Time : 6PM
Every day, humans are thrust into battles with adversaries that manifest themselves in different forms. Married couples face financial difficulties. Athletes are impaired by injuries. Families mourn the loss of a loved one.
Even the greats had their fair share of the fight. Van Gogh and Kusama with their mental disorders and Pollock’s numerous rejections early in his career. Everyone has their own battle to conquer. The struggle seems endless but surely there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
The scars that are left in the wake of these battle are proofs that with human weakness comes strength. Once our limitations and fears are accepted, our strong suit will appear.
In “Kalaban,” Renz Baustista captures the various personal battles we face in our lifetime. For some, “kalaban” may literally be an enemy, colleague, fear, defeat, death or even the tussle of everyday life. In the end, it is the foe that awakens our strength.
Artist/Type of Exhibit : Ren Quinio
Date : May 11, 2017
Time : 6PM
An artist’s studio is the birth home of any artist’s vision; a room where each and every piece and part of an artist’s mind and soul is glued carefully together with great thought, passion and bliss, resulting to one’s perception of the world and a window to one’s own soul. Within its four walls encases a different world – a world that may be with or without reason but with life nonetheless. And like its four walls is the frame of mind, four lines drawn to envelop the vastness of one’s own untameable imagination, a space enclosed yet free to become and make anything become. A space where conglomerated memories, dreams and experiences come to life from different points in time be it during a good bike run, a lonely rainy day or just the typical daily grind. Yet despite the monumental mess the entire process brings, from start to finish, all effort exerted beholds the beauty of a piece without fail, for the artist has brought his frame of mind itself into the world within the frame of a canvas.
Artist/Type of Exhibit
“We transform the world, but we don’t remember it.”
- Daniel Pauly
On a weekday along the vehicle-packed streets of EDSA, traffic cones aid us through an ongoing construction. An excavation is underway to reinforce our roads or repair pipes in our drainage system. In every other block, a new high-rise building is being constructed. At this point, we have grown accustomed to men in hard hats, rebars, scaffoldings and construction machines. It is our current ‘reality.’ It is a case exhibiting the phenomenon of shifting baseline that harbors the idea that each generation defines the ‘normal’ and ‘natural’ based on current conditions and their personal experiences. In some cases, artists present the same collective reality and reflect it with its new iteration, allowing us to examine things through a different vantage point.
Van Tuico’s Under Construction, subverts our familiarity with cement, steel and other construction materials by molding them into works of art. A view of his works will not provide a pictorial reality that parallels our experience of navigating the streets; rather, it constructs a strangely familiar sense of abstraction. In it, he is able to animate the materiality of sidewalks, walls and pavements, forging new meanings to mundane objects. It opens a dialogue on how these materials we perceive as part of our normal street view take over our perception of reality; how they too, can be hanged inside our homes and installed in our private spaces. In Tuico’s hands, the objects marring the scenic views of the metro are turned into plethora of balance instead of partiality, a design of beauty rather than a corollary of necessity.
In Under Construction, Tuico’s appropriation of construction materials lends us a hand in navigating his artistic vision. In his works, the sidewalk pavement loses its permanence; rebars and steel exposes their vulnerability; and the endless possibility of texture is cemented. Each piece drills in questions to viewers, layering moments of introspection and calls out to our own sense of reality – our idea of the ‘natural.’