A solo exhibition by Marlon Magbanua
Music and Movement on Canvas
In Marlon Magbanua’s “Inert Lyrical Origin,” the artist delves into introspection in creating his artworks. Moving on from his synesthetic explorations, the artist now presents works that still retain a deep connection with musicality and harmony. He uses the groundwork of his past exhibitions and his stock references as musician and performance artist to create several pieces that show varying interpretations of his sources of inspiration, exploring various degrees of a starting point.
In The Womb, gold swathes of paint outline a spherical void where daubs of white and black are, along with a strong stroke of red. There are lines and shades of gray forming stone-like features and faint, semi-transparent lines. For his Origin series, he fixates on a neon pink shade that features prominently among the four pieces, along with drops and splashes scattered on fields of gray, white and black. Magbanua’s works then go straight to the firmaments in Limbo and Seventh Heaven, deftly expressing what might be a world in-between, with the aforementioned grays transformed into clouds now interspersed with blues and greens. Going further into far-reaching galaxies are his Nebula series on dark blue ground, fathomless and mysterious with a smattering of interstellar dust. He then rounds off his oeuvres with The Black Matter, juxtaposing primary colors on several diaphanous layers of white and gray, a floating distinctly against darkness.
By visually expounding on the concept of a constant and unmoving origin with his paintings, Magbanua has created works that demonstrate the breadth and depth of space, letting his audiences’ view expand towards unexplored galaxies beyond the gallery walls. Showing his art as not only melodic but ever-shifting, the artist shows greater control and intention in refining his craft, manifesting in his treatment of material, his cultivation of new techniques. Needless to say, it seems the artist is going towards broader, more promising directions. After all, his works might just be what sound looks like from outside the atmosphere.
Words by Kaye O’Yek