Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Inevitably Imperfect 2 Group Show

Based on the success of their inaugural exhibition in Bangkok in June 2013 The "Inevitably Imperfect" artist collective is coming together once again.

This July, experience a group exhibition of international scope organized by artists Dexter Sy and Dan Barry, as Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery presents Inevitably Imperfect 2. This exhibition showcases 8 artists and their personal interpretations of the purposely ambiguous theme Inevitably Imperfect - while simultaneously exploring layers of connections that exist within the New Contemporary Art Movement worldwide. Open to the public, the Inevitably Imperfect 2 opening reception starts 6pm on Wednesday, July 29th. Each artist will present multiple artworks that will be installed on two floors of Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery. The exhibition will run until August 15th, 2015.

“While brainstorming with Dexter, the artists that we would like to exhibit with in Inevitably Imperfect – We immediately made a list of artists whose work contained unique personal visions. Often, the works are emotionally charged, soulful and ambiguous in narrative, but full of enough signifiers of meaning for each of us to derive our own meanings from the work. ~ Dan Barry “

The final list of participating artists is diverse – in artistic process, in media, in content, and in personal background. Many of us have known of one another via social media, some of us have exhibited together in the United States and Europe, but this is the 2nd time that we will all show together as a collective – and our 2nd time exhibiting together in Asia. We were excited to see how this unique group of artists would interpret the theme Inevitably Imperfect.

Artists Featured: Dan Barry (USA), Jana Brike (Latvia), Edward Robin Coronel (USA), Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy (Thailand), Niwat Promma / Kai Chickenart (Thailand), Dexter Sy (Philippines), Lynyrd Paras (Philippines), Akira Miyamoto (Japan) 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Involutions by Jel Suarez

There’s something about Jel Suarez’s work that elevates it from mere appropriation into something else entirely. They are fitting depictions of Suarez’s imagination, experiences, and her thoughts. With “Involutions”, Suarez’s first solo exhibition, she has prepared her most ambitious set of works yet. After all, “involution” by definition could refer to intricacy and complexity. 

Every piece found in this collection is mesmerizing in their complexity, not only visually but also in their message. The surreal imagery is not only the product of the repurposing of the source material, but also of deconstructing and reconstructing them. It’s a classic example of making something new out of seemingly disconnected images, but in her pieces, there is an evident sense of mystery and wonder that goes with it, producing surrealist art at its most effective. The seemingly repetitive images almost form a dream-like tableau, a skewed depiction of a world both familiar but also jarringly different. 

With “Involutions”, Jel Suarez has given us a glimpse into her world: a world where classic art is turned on its head and the grotesque, the surreal, and the absurd are commonplace. There is a narrative that exists in all of her works, and “Involutions” is but the latest chapter in this narrative. It is also a waypoint in her artistic journey, showcasing her growth as an artist.

Appropriating and deconstructing image as a form of art may have been done before, but not with the same level of care and thought that Suarez puts into her work. 

While this is her first solo exhibition, there’s a confidence to Suarez’s work that should put people on notice. For Jel Suarez, art is a means for her to release all her frustrations and anxieties. And to that end, “Involutions” is akin to an exorcism in collage form. 

Double Feature Group Show

It's tacky, nauseating, yet such a shameful delight to watch. Insane,
bizarre, yet feeds our curiosity with brightness and comforting
horror. These oddball cult favorites contact the senses and
fascination of young artists Tyang, Quatro, Bins Palma, Wani and

These vivid eyed five take on their cultographies and represent
significant film features to similarly double such harmony and
perception that it has. Goonies, Mars Attacks, Perfume, The Virgin
Suicides, Ghost World. These cult classic choices depict its memorable
film occurences for its weight.

As visual composers this is similar to their crafting that every
apparent minor detail is relevantly stitched together with great care
to create the fabric of their work. The reality that it imposes is
underappreciated that sometimes defects and failures bear instead of
triumphs. We ignore the great opportunity when we lose compassion and
discipline. There is not a bunch of shifts to take. In the end we all
have to write our ending.