By Amanda Juico Dela Cruz. Images courtesy of the galleries.
What creates great art is the artist’s successful experimentation of the form. Content is delivered across the audience when the artist uses the correct form. The “how” and the “what” they want to convey are affected by the artist’s translation from their idea into a work of art. What the artists in this list have in common is their continuous exploration of the form to present, to argue, to provoke ideas in a different light.
Lindslee, “The Mind Crossed the Idea,” Artist Space.
A resin sculpture of a gigantic cross of yellow-stained teeth plagued by cavities is seen through the gallery’s glass doors. Beside it are sculptures of an oyster and a burnt toast. On the adjacent wall are replications of dedication cakes with quirky expressions. Sculptures of bread are all over the gallery: a half-eaten slice, a half-eaten toast with jam, one with melting slab of butter, and a slice full of molds. There is also a life-size sculpture of an obese woman in athletic attire covered in sweat, immortalized in a yoga pose, while a bird rests on her raised hand.
Aubrey Fajardo and Aubrey Caabay, “Echoes and Silence,” Art Elaan.
The elements on the canvases are tied together by the word softness. One is easily seduced, captured, by the delicate petals of the flowers in full bloom, the flow of fabric and draperies, and the women calmingly emerging from, if not engaging with, these elements. Contrasting with the muted hues that dominate the works is the minimal and strategic use of bold red paint. Instead of acting as a division or diversion, the use of bold red in these lines and draperies evokes energy to continue blooming. It gives life and an inspiring sense of urgency like how blood flows.
Marilou Solano, “May All Our Dreams Come True,” Village Art Gallery.
Following the pop surrealist tradition, the audience is taken to a dreamy wonderland. However, instead of presenting the magical realm through a straightforward depiction of a surrealist landscape, the imaginative world is reflected through the eyes of the human figures. What is seen is light and a journey, and infinity and the galaxy. The figures—both the humans and the non humans—are all smiling and being friendly as if inviting the audience to escape for a while, to rest as much, to hope fervently, and to dream more vividly; as if wishing the audience, “May all your dreams come true.”
Don Bryan Bunag, “Ang Alamat ng Mariposa,” Canvas Gallery and Garden.
Accompanying the children’s story penned by Cepheus Quiñones are works of acrylic on canvas by Don Bryan Bunag. The human figures—“a [young] beautiful woman with hair as black as night that went past her shoulders” who later was named Maria for her lovely face, and her young handsome lover who used to be a traveler—have an air of mystery. Maria’s pet owl, omniscient yet as reclusive as the crescent moon. The silk blankets and shawls she created are ghostly, almost alive as if they have a life of their own. The landscape is misty, mystic, dark, and haunting.
Rhily Amistad, Marc Belicario, Maria Francisca Juarez, Lord Perez, April Puso, Rembert Quimada, Romar Quimada, Orley Ypon, and Daniel Yu, “Verus: The Reality of Apperance,” Florentino’s Art Gallery.
There are greeneries, mountains and hills, blue skies, and seas and streams. There are also sun-burnt children bathing in shallow bodies of water in the rural area and urban children playing on streets. Different lives, different stories are depicted: from a kutsero waiting for a passenger to a grandmother telling children Christmas stories to a man lighting a cigarette to a family eating dinner in darkness. What are seen on the works of art included in the art show are the artists’ observations of the surface realities as they unfolded right before the artists’ eyes, rendering their truths through art.
Pope Bacay, Johanna Helmuth, Audrey Lukban, Julius Redillas, Nicole Tee, Miguel Lorenzo Uy, and Jemima Yabes, “Of Forms and Meanings,” Underground.
World-building. Juxtapositions. Artists included in this show are prompted to play with form in their works of art to contemplate, to translate, and to expound on their respective musings and preoccupations, creating new meanings out of what’s depicted. Nicole Tee and Jemima Yabes create worlds out of textiles and of memories, respectively. Johanna Helmuth and Audrey Lukban contemplate on freedom, both the freedom to and the freedom from aspects, revealing existential truths. Miguel Lorenzo Uy, Pope Bacay, and Julius Redillas expound on their ideas of truths in narratives in terms of its temporality, one’s perceptions, and identity or lack thereof.