There is something about the Finale Art Gallery at the La Fuerza Compound along Pasong Tamo in Makati, Philippines, that makes me feel that things are coming to an end.
In 2011, I owned up to all mistakes ever made by installing a giant “SORRY” made with electric lights and found materials on the big wall of the Tall Gallery. The show’s title was Save me from what I want to save.
The next year, 2012 (the year the world was supposed to end according to the Mayan prediction), I realized that enough was enough and mounted Juan Alcazaren’s Last Show in the Video Room. The room was painted black to signal the oblivion things were bound for.
This year, I have the only space I haven’t exhibited at yet at Finale – Upstairs. The Last Things will run from November 17 up to December 12. According to internet doomsday theories, Planet X, also called Nibiru will come out of hiding from the asteroid belt in our solar system and blind side the Earth in December 2017.
Maybe the third time’s the charm, and Finale will be ground zero. I guess we need to have a “closing” on the last day before the egress to end all egresses.
All facetiousness aside, the title is from Christian Catholic eschatological teaching and refers to the last four things: death, judgement, heaven and hell. My faith falters at the drop of a hat and my spirituality is fraught with inconsistencies but by the Grace of my aspiration for higher things, I am able to continue continuing to be.
All this can be freely associated with art and art making. Or not.
Artworks from the Show
Smell the Signs, Listen to What You See, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Wood, electric lights, mirror, size variable
7 x 70 Par for the Course, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Mirror, LED lights, 33×33 cm
The Finale Minute, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Mirrors, LED lights, diptych
The Line Forms Here (After Nona Garcia's Untitled, 2011), Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Mirror, LED lights, 64×48 cm
Abyssmal Lamp No. 2, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Glass, jar, oil, broken glass, LED lights, size variable
Hindi Nabubulok, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Wood, plastic toys, size variable
The Finale Case, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Beer bottles, oil, wood, LED lights, 193 cm long
Bulagbulagan, Juan Alcazaren, 2017, Wood, copper, plastic frame, LED light, size variable