Narrative Structure • Welbart, Jayson Cortez, Abi Dionisio, Edwin Martinez

Nov 13 to Dec 4, 2015 • Upstairs Gallery and Video Room

A collaboration between four visual artists all based in Bulacan, ‘Narrative Structure’ exhibits eight oil paintings experimenting with oddly shaped and asymmetrical surfaces, exploring alternative visual formats for rectangular shaped canvases.

The artworks are influenced by the narrative structure model for drama, developed by 19th century German writer and critic Gustav Freytag. This model visualises drama as a triangular diagram composed of six devices: exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution, and denouement. The art works physically and conceptually refer to Freytag’s pyramid by using triangular visual elements within the painting surface, narrating personal stories in the process.

Welbart is the recipient of several major art awards, including the 57th AAP (2004), Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (2005), and the GSIS (2013) art competitions, and held his first solo show in 2007. He is based in Paombong.

Abi Dionisio is based in Malolos. A graduate of the Advertising Arts program of Bulacan State University, she won the First Prize (Painting Category) in the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) Annual Art Competition in 2009 and held her first solo exhibition in 2012.

Also a BSU Advertising graduate, Jayson Cortez has consistently placed in national student art competitiions. A recipient of the 2015 Gintong Kabataan Award for Arts and Culture of Malolos, Cortez held his first solo exhibit in 2012.

Exhibiting since 2008, Marilao-based Edwin Martinez was a finalist to the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence awards (2008 and 2009) and the Philippine Drawing Society’s 2nd Figurative Painting Competition. He held his first solo exhibit, After Hours, in 2013.

—Lisa Ito