Opening on the 15th of October, Friday, is Enemy, a group show that deals with confronting an adversarial force that almost always end up being a lifelong obsession in either trying to either evade or vanquish it.
The enemy, often maligned as the very opposite of the amicable ally, rather forges the path to ones destiny, especially if this be made his existentialist raison d’etre. However real or imagined, the enemy becomes an i...ndubitable persona that shadows one’s waking moments, looming largely so in the psyche. Yet to verily depict their particularities, we paint the very thing that disgusts and lure us to the infinite cycle of disgust and loathing, to righteous indignation and sweeping prejudice.
Organized by Jason Montinola, the show gathers the works of Alvin Zafra, CJ Tañedo, Danilo Arriola, Darwin and Dennis Gonzales, Dexter Sy, Ivan Roxas, Jason Montinola, Jigger Cruz, John Paul Antido, Jojo Austria, Kaloy Sanchez, Kiko escora, Marcial Pontillas, Mark Magistrado, Melvin Culaba, Mideo Cruz, Orley Ypon and Ronald Caringal, that paint us portraits of embattling paradoxes, conveyed in known political figures, embittered lovelorns, organic entropy, circumstantial providence, aesthetic direction and cataclysmic unions. The prevalence of portraits, only affirms the progeny of its origin, for to paint a portrait is not to merely depict the one depicted but bears its heavy trace of its makers hands, a seeming extension of a need for self-reflexivity. The enemy, therefore, is that dark incarnate wielded in one’s self.
by Lena Cobangbang
Show runs 'til Oct. 31, 2010.
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