Buccat/Cabriana at Galerie Anna

Herwin Buccat’s “Roots of Gaea” and Mel Cabriana’s “Ilusyon” will be presented simultaneously by Galerie Anna on November 13-27.
Named after the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth, Buccat’s “Gaea” celebrates the fertility of the land using the dense and intricate web of roots to form her mysterious visage. In a way, the confluence in the disruptive merging of tangled but sinuously woven roots using the face of a goddess as its fertile ground inevitably alludes to the works of the 17th century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who contrived to combine fruits, vegetables, grain, and fish to form the likeness of some member of the nobility. With its implicit surreality notwithstanding, the image of nature’s bounty subverts our traditional expectation of what a portrait should be. Herwin Buccat, too, uses the human visage as a receptacle for the tentacular grip of nature on our lives. Gaea, goddess of Earth, lives in the very heart of us.

On the other hand, Cabriana’s works are rooted in the primal purity of nature in danger of despoliation at the merciless hands of man. At first glance, these visions are lyrical incantations of the artist’s reverence for nature. But they are in fact the eye of the storm, as it were, where all is calm and peaceful, before man, in the vise of greed, corruption, and sheer unconscionable brutality, ultimately proves himself to be the master of nature’s destruction. Regard simply the tons of trash and rubbish we leave behind, the monstrous plastic production that remains unabated, the destruction of the ozone layers leading to climate change. This is not an illusion, but incontestable reality.
Herwin Buccat and Mel Cabriana remind us that Nature herself is a karmic force that will demand retribution from mankind.
-CID REYES
Galerie Anna is at the 4th Fl., The Artwalk, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call: 470-2511 and 470-0869. Mobile: 0995-990-8202 and 0915-197-6955.

Back-to-back show by Mel Cabriana and Herwin Buccat

Back-to-back show by Mel Cabriana and Herwin Buccat

Start Date: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
End date: 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
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Buccat/Cabriana at Galerie Anna

Herwin Buccat’s “Roots of Gaea” and Mel Cabriana’s “Ilusyon” will be presented simultaneously by Galerie Anna on November 13-27.
Named after the Greek primordial goddess of the Earth, Buccat’s “Gaea” celebrates the fertility of the land using the dense and intricate web of roots to form her mysterious visage. In a way, the confluence in the disruptive merging of tangled but sinuously woven roots using the face of a goddess as its fertile ground inevitably alludes to the works of the 17th century Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who contrived to combine fruits, vegetables, grain, and fish to form the likeness of some member of the nobility. With its implicit surreality notwithstanding, the image of nature’s bounty subverts our traditional expectation of what a portrait should be. Herwin Buccat, too, uses the human visage as a receptacle for the tentacular grip of nature on our lives. Gaea, goddess of Earth, lives in the very heart of us.

On the other hand, Cabriana’s works are rooted in the primal purity of nature in danger of despoliation at the merciless hands of man. At first glance, these visions are lyrical incantations of the artist’s reverence for nature. But they are in fact the eye of the storm, as it were, where all is calm and peaceful, before man, in the vise of greed, corruption, and sheer unconscionable brutality, ultimately proves himself to be the master of nature’s destruction. Regard simply the tons of trash and rubbish we leave behind, the monstrous plastic production that remains unabated, the destruction of the ozone layers leading to climate change. This is not an illusion, but incontestable reality.
Herwin Buccat and Mel Cabriana remind us that Nature herself is a karmic force that will demand retribution from mankind.
-CID REYES
Galerie Anna is at the 4th Fl., The Artwalk, Bldg. A, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call: 470-2511 and 470-0869. Mobile: 0995-990-8202 and 0915-197-6955.

Back-to-back show by Mel Cabriana and Herwin Buccat

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