Opening Reception: April 4 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM
Exhibit Duration: April 4-18, 2018
Spanish contemporary artist Cristina Gamón arrives in Manila for a residency and exhibition commissioned by the modern and contemporary art hub Galerie Stephanie at the Shangri-La East Wing in Mandaluyong this April. She creates distinctive pieces for Acquatopia, her first solo exhibition in Asia.
Each painting by Gamón involves colors spreading and splattering unto several layers of acrylic surfaces. Intuitively punctuated by cut spaces, the acrylic panels give us glimpses of the more solid (yet still veiled) foundations of the composition. The translucence and fragility of the layers coated by tempered amounts of paint can evoke many visual trajectories: the images may allude to familiar painterly vicinities of mountains, archipelagos, or fields seen from a bird’s point of view, while some figurations may instantly stimulate ruminations of wide seascapes or mirages through river troughs; or microscopic documentations of made-up biomes.
The Spanish visual artist manifests the growing scarcity of rain in her country of origin. The Philippines has an inspiring potential: the vital and fertile force, its 'berde engkanto', the gratitude of its exuberant nature, the abundant richness of its land ancestrally rooted to water consciousness as the means of giving and taking away life are some of the keys that moved the artist.
Acquatopia is an evocative journey where lyrical abstraction floods the pictorial space like a waterfall of colors that start from an icy northern palette to meet the acid green and exotic warm colors of the islands through large scale paintings made in Plexiglass, as if they were trying to capture the brightness from water.
The Opening Reception of Acquatopia will be held on April 4 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM. The exhibit will run until April 18, 2018 at Galerie Stephanie's new location on the 4th floor of Shangri-La Plaza's East Wing, Mandaluyong City. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +63 917 577 4770.