"MUTANT"

Way back in the 1950s, National Artist H. R. Ocampo launched a series of abstract works titled “Mutants.” The works were inspired by a science-fiction film called “Beginning of the End,” dealing with the nuclear test explosions in the Bikini Atoll, in consequence of which mutations in plants, animals, insects, and feathered creatures arose. In his classic cellular forms, Ocampo contemplated the annihilation of mankind.
Mutant – meaning freak of nature, deviant, oddity, monstrosity – fascinates millennial artists of the present century who explore the theme in their physical and psychic guises, in a showtitled “Mutant,” now on view at Galerie Anna. Participating artists are Galaxie Maria, Isobel Francisco, GINOE, Eloise Gonzales, Angelo Padilla, and Karina Broce.

Galaxie Maria offsets the austerity and solemnity of the familiar through injections of humour and sarcasm, thus finding beauty in strangeness. Isobel Francisco’s works are “narratives of anguish, loss, and are an examination of what constitutes humanity.”GINOE fuses the sensibilities of pop and sequential artin a bold and comedic style, its playfulness tempered by underlying tensions of the personal.

Viewing the works of Eloise Gonzales is like stepping into a surreal hothouse teeming with exotic plants and flowers. Angelo Padilla’s works are described as “Victorianesque, anatomical, almost monstrous, exposition of folded skin, musculature, veins, and heart, intertwined with flora and fauna, signifying pain, pleasure and the artist’s personal struggle. Karina Broce paints delicate works on the themes of memory, tragedy, healing, and hope.

Way back in the 1950s, National Artist H. R. Ocampo launched a series of abstract works titled “Mutants.” The works were inspired by a science-fiction film called “Beginning of the End,” dealing with the nuclear test explosions in the Bikini Atoll, in consequence of which mutations in plants, animals, insects, and feathered creatures arose. In his classic cellular forms, Ocampo contemplated the annihilation of mankind.
Mutant – meaning freak of nature, deviant, oddity, monstrosity – fascinates millennial artists of the present century who explore the theme in their physical and psychic guises, in a showtitled “Mutant,” now on view at Galerie Anna. Participating artists are Galaxie Maria, Isobel Francisco, GINOE, Eloise Gonzales, Angelo Padilla, and Karina Broce.

Galaxie Maria offsets the austerity and solemnity of the familiar through injections of humour and sarcasm, thus finding beauty in strangeness. Isobel Francisco’s works are “narratives of anguish, loss, and are an examination of what constitutes humanity.”GINOE fuses the sensibilities of pop and sequential artin a bold and comedic style, its playfulness tempered by underlying tensions of the personal.

Viewing the works of Eloise Gonzales is like stepping into a surreal hothouse teeming with exotic plants and flowers. Angelo Padilla’s works are described as “Victorianesque, anatomical, almost monstrous, exposition of folded skin, musculature, veins, and heart, intertwined with flora and fauna, signifying pain, pleasure and the artist’s personal struggle. Karina Broce paints delicate works on the themes of memory, tragedy, healing, and hope.

"EAST OF EDEN"

The title alludes to the Biblical Genesis, where Cain was exiled by God after he had murdered his brother Abel. As well, the title adverts to our country, recalling National Hero Jose Rizal’s “Last Farewell” addressing the Philippines as “Pearl of the Orient, our Eden lost.”

The art of Otto Neri bristles with astute and sardonic commentaries on the present-day social, economic, and geo-political problems of the country, ascribing our contemporary ills to the damaged culture wrought by foreign invaders and colonizers, not least being the current seriously contentious and alarming situation in the West Philippine Sea, depicted in the artist’s “Tricked or Treat” and “The Terra Cotta Soldiers.”

Among the other prickly issues that engage the artist’s attention are the plight of our overseas workers (“MgaBayani Noon at Ngayon”, the escapist Hollywood entertainment serving as the opium of the people “Lalaland”), the unresolved historical guilt of our heroes, their hands stained by the blood of treachery and deceit (“Elephants in the Room”), and the loss of our innocence(“Si Aida, si Lorna at si Fe”).

By his own admission, Otto Neri considers his art as his own personal crusade in order to re-engineer our twisted and confused sense of national identity by haranguing our past and present leaders who continue to lead the country astray, unconscionably leading the Filipinos into the sure road to perdition.

The title alludes to the Biblical Genesis, where Cain was exiled by God after he had murdered his brother Abel. As well, the title adverts to our country, recalling National Hero Jose Rizal’s “Last Farewell” addressing the Philippines as “Pearl of the Orient, our Eden lost.”

The art of Otto Neri bristles with astute and sardonic commentaries on the present-day social, economic, and geo-political problems of the country, ascribing our contemporary ills to the damaged culture wrought by foreign invaders and colonizers, not least being the current seriously contentious and alarming situation in the West Philippine Sea, depicted in the artist’s “Tricked or Treat” and “The Terra Cotta Soldiers.”

Among the other prickly issues that engage the artist’s attention are the plight of our overseas workers (“MgaBayani Noon at Ngayon”, the escapist Hollywood entertainment serving as the opium of the people “Lalaland”), the unresolved historical guilt of our heroes, their hands stained by the blood of treachery and deceit (“Elephants in the Room”), and the loss of our innocence(“Si Aida, si Lorna at si Fe”).

By his own admission, Otto Neri considers his art as his own personal crusade in order to re-engineer our twisted and confused sense of national identity by haranguing our past and present leaders who continue to lead the country astray, unconscionably leading the Filipinos into the sure road to perdition.

"SUBCONSCIOUS DANCES"

"Subconscious Dances" featuring four of Baguio's most promising artists -- DEXTER SIMSIM, JOEY SIMSIM, JULMARD VICENTE, and EDMUND ANDRADA.

"Subconscious Dances" featuring four of Baguio's most promising artists -- DEXTER SIMSIM, JOEY SIMSIM, JULMARD VICENTE, and EDMUND ANDRADA.

"SUBCONSCIOUS DANCES"

"Subconscious Dances" featuring four of Baguio's most promising artists -- DEXTER SIMSIM, JOEY SIMSIM, JULMARD VICENTE, and EDMUND ANDRADA.

"Subconscious Dances" featuring four of Baguio's most promising artists -- DEXTER SIMSIM, JOEY SIMSIM, JULMARD VICENTE, and EDMUND ANDRADA.

Back-to-back Solo show

Kawataki Go and Vincent Padilla
Back-to-back Solo Show

Kawataki Go and Vincent Padilla
Back-to-back Solo Show

Immovable thoughts

"Immovable thoughts" A four-man show by:
Joey Simsim : Dexter Simsim : Julmard Vicente : Edmund Andrada

"Immovable thoughts" A four-man show by:
Joey Simsim : Dexter Simsim : Julmard Vicente : Edmund Andrada

One Man Exhibition

One man show by: Toym Imao

One man show by: Toym Imao

Siksikan

"Siksikan" A five-man show by:
Jessie Mondares:Sam Penaso:Melvin Culaba:Geovanni Abing:Chrisanto Aquino

"Siksikan" A five-man show by:
Jessie Mondares:Sam Penaso:Melvin Culaba:Geovanni Abing:Chrisanto Aquino