Topophilia: the sense of inhabiting a space, the spirit of a particular place. In this group exhibition of new installation pieces by Poklong Anading, Martha Atienza, Yason Banal, Louie Cordero, Katya Guerrero, Cocoy Lumbao, Paul Mondok, Jasper Niens, Eamon Ore-Giron, Gina Osterloh, Paul Pfeiffer, MM Yu and Alvin Zafra, the term takes on a new turn as each individual creates works that alter our sense of connection with the gallery space.
The works in Topophilia are single installations by each of the participating artists which, when jumbled together, create a strange suite of objects independent of yet related to each other. There is a deliberate disjunction in the mishmash of images, conjuring an alien territory filled with each artist’s distinct visual stamp. Something is familiar yet strangely amiss, as glass folding screens fashioned from canvas frames and nondescript rope knots, hanging limp from the ceiling, seem to say.
Topophilia dares the viewer to momentarily suspend disbelief and take in the illogic of the moment: larger-than life phallic reconstructions, fur-lined canes, water containers perched on a seesaw with sharp precision, and other objects populating a temporarily surreal space. The works range from the whimsically functional to the deliberately camp: from cutlery-inspired lamps and cranial stools to reindeer mounted on rainbows and a giant trapo (round rag). The exhibit leaves the final statement for the viewer to finish as a canvas curtain, printed with a pair of hands, beckons the eye to come closer and unveil what lies beyond.
Artworks from the Show
Untitled, Poklong Anading, 2012, Textile fabric, size variable
Brainstool, Bespoke, 2012, Painted fiberglass, steel, size variable
Up here all the city lights are reflected in my armor, Yason Banal, 2012, Stitched leather, aluminum, fiberglass, metal chain, size variable
Vhalkhaw Chair, Louie Cordero, 2012, Painted fiberglass, steel, 42½×36×29 in
Tail End, Katya Guerrero, 2012, Cane and synthetic fur, size variable
Frontier, Cocoy Lumbao, 2012, Video projection, ironing board, size variable
This Way to Micky's Pawnshop, Paul Mondok, 2012, Mixed media, size variable
4=4, Martha Atienza, 2012, Water container, GI pipe, wood plank, size variable
Worst Rope Swing Accident Ever, Jasper Niens, 2012, Nautical rope, size variable
Untitled, Paul Pfeiffer, 2012, Wood, glass, size variable
Silver Swan, MM Yu, 2012, Found saddle, chairs, legs, wheels, 22×26½×22 in
Spork Desk Lamp, Alvin Zafra, 2012, GI sheet, polyester body filter, bulb, wire, switch plug, size variable
Curtains Hand, Gina Osterloh, 2012, Fabric, ink, size variable, with Eamon Ore Giron