“ECLIPSE”

   by Cid Reyes

 

That most appropriate title “Eclipse” glistens like moonlight, shining ostensibly on the darkness of the human condition. The moon’s most perfect shape – the circle – contains the two artists’ elegant and picturesque graphic authority. The moon is the consistent leitmotif, like a stage that unravels the various fragments of the artist’s pool of riotous images, each one delivered with a sharply edged contour. The totality is a fragrant burst of pure decorative power that dazzles the eye. The works are like a luscious version of cut-out collages that generate as much heat as the sinister messages hidden behind the obvertly seductive approach of the artists.

Janelle Tang’s paintings are like a profusion of blossoming images. Indeed she presents us with a specter of floral enigmas, acting like an interlocutor between the viewer and the mysterious man, cast in sheer black, looking so courtly with his bowler hat. Despite the presence of the gentleman character, the painting is lavished with feminine touches. Most telling are the spangle of an exquisite lacey fabric like a gracious nod to the artist’s gender, as well as the fastidiously rendered flowers with the gently taunting allure of roses or carnations.

In “Teardrop” the gentleman appears again, as though in a aerial mystery novel, where he is surrounded by a Pop-surreal splendor of tears pelting down like raindrops and the undeniable beauty of resplendent bouquets.

What mesmerizing message, the viewer might well wonder, is whispered by the painting “Silent Voice,”? Like a scream stifled into a whimper, this message roars with a blast of trumpet sounds and brass horns. With the flaring petals masking the mystery man’s face, swirling round, as though to lure him into the web of a romantic entanglement, the work illuminates the theme of allure and seduction, the visitation of an unexpected dark knight in a woman’s life.

Absolutely hewing to the disciplined shape of the circle, Mark Dawn Arcamo, alongside the artist Janelle Tang, harmonizes seamlessly with his own enigmatic works.

In contrast, Arcamo is male bravado, with a keen eye for details and images that subtly suggests a sense of evil and malediction. In “Overshadowed” the artist configures, within the moon-space, a bombast of butterflies and a poisonous insect, a stain of a beetze, in dark silhouette. A woman holding aloft an umbrella, seen in back view, is adrift in her direction. Presumably the woman whose face is partly hidden, protecting her anonymity, is swept by the direction of her own life’s shadows.

Is the woman in “Silently Revealed” being pursued by a stalker intent on slaying her? The sight of the cross-hairs icon, burdened by the presence of a black bird who will soon take flight after the evil deed is done, is a tinge of “film noir.” Like a votive offering, “Somewhere in Between” offers a canopy of moon-shape for Arcamo’s butterflies, dragonflies, roses, and blackbird.

“Eclipse” the shrouding darkness of the celestial body of the moon, is a shimmer of light, cast upon the artist’s imagination.

Start Date: 
Thursday, May 8, 2014
End date: 
Friday, May 23, 2014
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“ECLIPSE”

   by Cid Reyes

 

That most appropriate title “Eclipse” glistens like moonlight, shining ostensibly on the darkness of the human condition. The moon’s most perfect shape – the circle – contains the two artists’ elegant and picturesque graphic authority. The moon is the consistent leitmotif, like a stage that unravels the various fragments of the artist’s pool of riotous images, each one delivered with a sharply edged contour. The totality is a fragrant burst of pure decorative power that dazzles the eye. The works are like a luscious version of cut-out collages that generate as much heat as the sinister messages hidden behind the obvertly seductive approach of the artists.

Janelle Tang’s paintings are like a profusion of blossoming images. Indeed she presents us with a specter of floral enigmas, acting like an interlocutor between the viewer and the mysterious man, cast in sheer black, looking so courtly with his bowler hat. Despite the presence of the gentleman character, the painting is lavished with feminine touches. Most telling are the spangle of an exquisite lacey fabric like a gracious nod to the artist’s gender, as well as the fastidiously rendered flowers with the gently taunting allure of roses or carnations.

In “Teardrop” the gentleman appears again, as though in a aerial mystery novel, where he is surrounded by a Pop-surreal splendor of tears pelting down like raindrops and the undeniable beauty of resplendent bouquets.

What mesmerizing message, the viewer might well wonder, is whispered by the painting “Silent Voice,”? Like a scream stifled into a whimper, this message roars with a blast of trumpet sounds and brass horns. With the flaring petals masking the mystery man’s face, swirling round, as though to lure him into the web of a romantic entanglement, the work illuminates the theme of allure and seduction, the visitation of an unexpected dark knight in a woman’s life.

Absolutely hewing to the disciplined shape of the circle, Mark Dawn Arcamo, alongside the artist Janelle Tang, harmonizes seamlessly with his own enigmatic works.

In contrast, Arcamo is male bravado, with a keen eye for details and images that subtly suggests a sense of evil and malediction. In “Overshadowed” the artist configures, within the moon-space, a bombast of butterflies and a poisonous insect, a stain of a beetze, in dark silhouette. A woman holding aloft an umbrella, seen in back view, is adrift in her direction. Presumably the woman whose face is partly hidden, protecting her anonymity, is swept by the direction of her own life’s shadows.

Is the woman in “Silently Revealed” being pursued by a stalker intent on slaying her? The sight of the cross-hairs icon, burdened by the presence of a black bird who will soon take flight after the evil deed is done, is a tinge of “film noir.” Like a votive offering, “Somewhere in Between” offers a canopy of moon-shape for Arcamo’s butterflies, dragonflies, roses, and blackbird.

“Eclipse” the shrouding darkness of the celestial body of the moon, is a shimmer of light, cast upon the artist’s imagination.

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