Extra Rice • Robert Langenegger

Nov 7 to Dec 3, 2016 • Upstairs Gallery

Robert Langenegger’s new series of paintings and installations take the viewer to the heart of the archipelago’s farmlands: a minefield of contradictions where the myth of plentiful, hand-planted abundance coexists with the persistence of spurious and sated middlemen, feudal usury, and precariousness. Farthest from pursuing the idealized and romanticized rural aesthetic popularized by masters such as Fernando Amorsolo, Langenegger’s works can be described as an anti-pastoral gesture: offering dense slices of rural life sans the gloss, glitz and nostalgia in portraying the liminal states and players in the whole, pained panorama of agricultural labor.

—Lisa Ito