Procesos y Transformaciones : eight Spanish artists (also featuring Valeria Cavestany)
The Department of Avant-Garde Cliches (D.A.G.C.) Gallery and the Departamento Cultural Embajada de España en Manila are proud to present eight Spanish artists processing themes on the social and the political, formal issues and narrative content, the imaginary and the psychological, which transform the artistic and cultural affinity between Spain and the Philippines into a solid bond. The exhibit will run to a considerable period of two months, with each month showcasing a different set of works from the eight Spanish artists. Miki Leal and Abraham Lacalle will be in Manila for the exhibit opening.
Extraordinary feats of physical prowess typically are synonymous to the idea of the superhero, with perfect physique as significant vessel for power, Angeles Agrela explores the symbolism of strength not only through its external outfit, but also on the unseen mettle of those who put themselves into the role of the hero, pondering on the unheralded sacrifice, dedication, and discipline that may or may not be understood by an unsuspecting public, which intrigues her as similar to the calling of the artist. By highlighting the anthropology of the everyday through performances and photographic works, Pilar Albarracin investigates the phenomena of cultural stereotypes and ethnic clichés in order to analyse and expose the dominant narratives that determine identity. Using history as point of further inquiry and discovery through artistic appropriation and cultural referencing, Javier Arce creates works that explore the underlying gestures of public consciousness that create distinctions of taste and conventional values. Valeria Cavestany's brilliant paintings are a reflection of the world viewed with an independent spirit, where nature is experienced as magical menagerie standing in for pure innocence along with the potential for mischief. The works of Chema Cobo recall immediately the inspiration of Goya, with a sensitive eye towards the macabre that represents the shadowy plumbs of the imagination stirred with the criticality of doubt. The works of Abraham Lacalle recalls the hedonism of Matisse, the structural complexity of Picasso, and the irony of Duchamp, featuring figures, objects, events that transmute into fantastic narratives from everyday life done with vibrant color fields and dazzling geometric patterns, pure and joyful altogether. Miki Leal paints with lyrical flourish that pushes the visual possibilities in his work like that of jazz in music which he enjoys, creating unsuspecting narratives that leaves the viewer breathless with anticipation and wonder. Jose Piñar makes abstract works that speaks of painting as process oriented, systematic, and yet open-ended with allowances for improvisation and innovation stemming from outside of the medium itself.