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ACUITY

May 6, 2018 | Archives | 2 Comments

A solo exhibition by Gerry Castro

A Portal to Art and/in Music

In “Acuity,” Gerry Castro presents abstract pieces in ink on paper and mixed media on canvas, attaching raw sound assemblages of his own composition. By integrating his audiences to his process, he creates engaging and collaborative encounters with his artworks. The artist introduces a different way of seeing art by combining the visual object with sound snippets.

For his creative process, he uses ambient noise and recorded sound mixes for free-flowing, unstructured and impromptu sonic assemblages, sometimes including elements from his everyday life such as human breath, electronic pulses and gadget alerts, capturing texture, mood and feeling in the particular moment of creation. Recording in darkness, the artist immerses himself in the experience, and endeavors to encapsulate his impressions into visual form, translating them into strokes, dashes and scumbles. One form gives birth to another, as he draws inspiration from his recorded sound to put his paintings together, and complements the finished object, as he uses this specific sound to be enjoyed with the painting.

Castro’s childhood fascination with shapes, color and form are rendered into a series he calls Oculus Etude, which when translated directly means a portal to a short musical composition. He takes advantage of the tonal quality of monochromes by creating waves in random patterns, while his mixed media pieces show more energy and vibrancy in the combination of hues, lines and random patterns. Armed by his art education, affinity to music making, his experiences in film and photography, and pure instinct, the artist creates arresting pieces that appeal not only to one’s sight, but hearing as well. Postcard-sized sketches, photographs and other elements relevant to producing his materials are on display with samples of his art music in cd format to provide more dimension to his multisensory exhibition.

Gerry Castro graduated with a degree in Fine Arts majoring in Advertising from Philippine Women’s University. After studying photography and filmmaking, he went into freelance art direction and served as creative consultant for several local and global institutions and organizations. With his learnings from the industry and his incessant drive to create, he decided to focus on art making in 2015, developing his techniques in painting and sonic assemblage.

Words by Kaye O’Yek

RULE OF THUMB

May 6, 2018 | Archives | 1 Comment

A solo exhibition by Jacob Lindo

Meant to be Broken

Known for thought-provoking juxtapositions of disparate fragments in his works, Jacob Lindo produces a collection of much-awaited paintings that are direct translations of his paper collages in “Rule of Thumb.” In his recent works, Lindo explores the artistic journey itself, the struggle through its peaks and lows, crannies and plateaus. While executing his works, he investigates the essence of art production, weighing self-scrutiny versus public judgment.

Work tools are prevalent in Lindo’s works, as a moving testament to keep pursuing one’s goals and getting projects done. Anatomical features are cut up, but often show hands as an ode to labor and the power of well-thought out actions; feet are also held in prominence as the force that propels one forward. He stays true to his influences from cubist imagery, counter culture and oddities, with random elements in his works creating visual narratives filled with ambiguity and challenging sensibilities along the way. Storybook illustration-colors are devised to take his audiences’ perceptions into their comfort zones while he sets them up for a visual barrage of seemingly unrelated objects that eerily make up a cohesive whole that is equal parts whimsical and weighty without being overtly hard sell. For Lindo, personal and public biases may spell the differences between what is acceptable and what is not; the bottom line is, artists may be individuals most expected, even encouraged, to break the rules, and he wholeheartedly accepts the challenge.

Jacob Lindo is a professional artist who specializes in collage, painting and sculpture. He graduated from Far Eastern University, majoring in Advertising Arts, and has had nine solo exhibitions since 2010. He has been joining art competitions since his student days, placing as Finalist in the Oil Painting Category in the 38th, 39th and 41st Shell National Students’ Arts Competition, and winning third place in the same tilt’s sculpture category in 2006. He also won as Semi-finalist in the 2009 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence National Competition sculpture category. He was one of the featured artists of the recently-held Art in the Park 2018.

Words by Kaye O’Yek