Saturday, September 19, 2015

On Off Group Show

Janet Balbarona
Demi Padua 
Mark Arcamo
Janelle Tang 
Angge Lorente
Edric Go
Jessie Mondares
Mervin Pimentel 
Bjorn Calleja
Rolf Campos 
RA Tijing
Joel Quinones
Darrel Ballesteros
Dave Lock
Renz Bautista
Nile Pobadora
Galaxie Maria

This Is The Last Song, No I Changed My Mind by Arvin Flores and Mai Saporsantos

“This Is The Last Song, No I Changed My Mind” mixes abstract painting with pop music in exploring the jangled lines refraining in the pleasure of uncertain beauty expressed in the indescribable lyric which justifies the tune of the moment. This two-person exhibit by Arvin Flores and Mai Saporsantos features paintings and mixed media works incorporating texts taken from various songs combined with gestural abstraction and figuration that turn into narratives about individuality and style.

Arvin Flores has an MFA graduate degree from The School of the Arts, Columbia University, New York NY, and a BFA from the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. His work combines elements from abstraction, figuration, and writing situated within symbolic narratives that relate to popular culture, social politics and history, as well as art and its concepts. 

Mai Saporsantos is a multi-disciplinary artist whose main interest lies in the various ways of manipulating and handling material that are formed from the well of her thoughts and ideas. Her current practice mainly involves the use of texts, or the translation of letters into image as non-words, which become receptacles of thought/non-thought as an abstracted narration of life experience. She received her BA in Art Studies from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and has studied Combined Media Painting and Art in Three Dimensions at the Art Students League, NY.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Psychonaut by Miguel Paulo Borja

Humanity, in comparison to the rest of the universe, is a relatively new concept. But despite their short tenure they have become witnesses to exponential leaps in evolution and consciousness, and arguably, are the catalysts to an age of awareness and technological singularity. 

One of the best manifestations of this technological advancement is space travel. Always drawn towards the unknown, man’s insatiable curiosity has taken them beyond the bounds of earth and into the uncertainty of space. They’ve hurtled themselves countless of times into the abyss in the hopes of a deeper understanding of something greater. 

Many ancient belief systems have revolved around the worship of the cosmos, and it's not difficult to wonder why. The vast and panoramic expanse of the night sky spurns irony as much as it does curiosity. It can be both a spiritual experience as well as a reflection of man’s fear of it and the need to fathom it: a merging of science and spirituality; a movement outwards as much as it is inwards.

As man ventures out to discover if there is life beyond earth, a small part of humanity’s transdimensional loneliness is alleviated. The reason for man’s insatiable curiosity is simple then - it is the basic and universal need for a genuine human connection. 

There is a certain sense of longing that can be felt from the figures in Miguel Paulo Borja's paintings - a sort of bittersweet irony that is a reflection of the human condition; a certain beauty in their tragedy. He paints* scavengers, wanderers and transients, in search of purpose to their being, navigating through a world that looks familiar but feels entirely alien.

Psychonaut is Borja's realization that man is meant to plunge themselves into the depths of darkness, embracing moments of uncertainty and fear. As curiosity dictates, it is after all, man’s nature.