Artists pay homage to the moon in “Steal Light”
In contrast to sunrise or sunset, as a subject of many great works of art, is the moon, which continues to cast its spell on artists by its seeming mysteriousness, emerging as it does from the heavenly darkness. As the Earth’s only natural satellite and the closest celestial object, the moon inevitably exerts its fascination on artists in various fields, as surely as the moon’s gravity pulls at the Earth with the rising and falling of the tide.
Among the most familiar pieces of music in the piano repertoire are Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.” In poetry, Edgar Allan Poe wrote the haunting “Annabel Lee” – For the moon neverbeams without bringing me dreams – while T. S. Eliot”s
“Rhapsody on a Windy Night” dissolves the floor of memory, serving as the inspiration for the song “Memory” of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical “Cats.”
In painting, the iconic “Starry Night” by Van Gogh depicts a nightscape of rolling stars rushing towards a deserted glowing moon.
As its initial offering for 2019, Galerie Anna presents an artists’ paean to the moon in a show titled “Steal Light” (January 10-24). Participating artists are GraeJoquico, Gary Joquico, Ejem Alarcon, and Didier Alarcon.
Shrouded in darkness, GraeJoquico’s abstract landscapes are lit by the moon’s luminous light while Gary Joquico’s cast of Magrittean figures in bowler hats prowl the streets under an omnipresent moon. Ejem Alarcon’s dog is baying at the moon while Didier Alarcon’s distraught human figures crouch in despair within moonlit interiors.
Galerie Anna is at the 4/F, The Artwalk, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call: 470-2511.