Something is Out There • Art Zoo (Aleah Angeles, Abi Dionisio, Jayson Cortez, Kokoy Dela Cruz, Rudolph Doane, Edwin Martinez, Marc Salamat, Yao Sampana, Kim Santiago, Satchi Tan, Chelsea Theodossis, Papi Umali, Welbart, Guest Artist One Cubacub, Guest Artist Faye Pamintuan) in collaboration with Froilan Calayag

Feb 6 to Mar 2, 2020 • Tall Gallery

Something is Out There calibrates the artists’ worldview within a realm of awareness that there are different planes of existence. It’s an examination of personal relationships with presence and absence revealed through art objects transformed into vessels of stories within this space and time.

Presence/Existence is burdened by operating with sensitivities to how the world works. The exhibiting artists provide for us images to use as mirrors – bearers of life and strength, individuals in search of their identities or of their places in society and roles in nature, personifications of calm, pretense, or empathy. Demonstrations of idiosyncrasies, history, risk-taking, and brotherhood; objects of remembrance, distraction, the youth, contact, transformation, and bonds serve as cues for us to dive in the sea of meanings. This exhibition serves as a voice from the north as compiled by the artist collective Art Zoo. Informally established in 2008 by a circle of friends who mostly are from the College Fine Arts of Bulacan State University, the group has been showcasing their works in different spaces since 2013. Their unofficial gathering area, Welbart’s studio and garden, has been their sanctum for conversations on art and life and has been their playground for exploring ideas as content in their art-making. Within the parameters of the gallery, we are presented with a collection of concerns from their side of the world to open up the dialogues to a wider audience.

Absence/Emptiness is a promise of things to come. There are works here that explore the state of being: a process of self-exploration and acceptance through the use of things that are memorials; an articulation of the self as energy, and in its gaps, the narratives of our own making; a revelation on losing the self. There are metaphors of life’s journeys faced with tranquility and storm; struggles with love, responsibility, joy, sacrifice, and hurt come with this voyage. Multiple paintings will leave us enthralled with the display of a high level of mastery of the medium; a showcase of how artistic standards can be achieved and be inspired by peers. Some experiments are visible while some techniques will envelop us with the aura of art – the atmosphere that displays objects, not as mere items but as receptacles of untold narratives and coded messages. More than a showcase of artistry prudently cradled in the province of Bulacan, this exhibition is a collective remembering of what/who is here and what/who has transformed and traveled before us. It is a cathartic moment as we move from our emptiness to our continued existence. (Con Cabrera)

Artworks from the Show

Untitled

Untitled, Aleah Rose Angeles, 2020, Oil on canvas, 4×6 in

Untitled

Untitled, Aleah Rose Angeles, 2020, Oil on canvas, 4×6 in

Lead White

Lead White, Aleah Rose Angeles, 2020, Oil on canvas, 8×6 in

Virgin

Virgin, Aleah Rose Angeles, 2020, Oil on canvas, 10×7½ in

Distortion

Distortion, Aleah Rose Angeles, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×8 in

I'm Working at the Zoo, with the Art Animals

I'm Working at the Zoo, with the Art Animals, Froilan Calayag, 2019, Oil on Volkswagen 1967 Beetle, size variable

Face Off

Face Off, Jayson Cortez, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×60 in

Untitled

Untitled, One Cubacub, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×72 in

Untitled

Untitled, One Cubacub, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×72 in

Untitled

Untitled, One Cubacub, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×72 in

Untitled

Untitled, One Cubacub, 2020, Mixed media, size variable

Untitled

Untitled, One Cubacub, 2020, Mixed media, size variable

Couple

Couple, One Cubacub, 2020, Umbrella and denture, size variable

Chester

Chester, Kokoy Dela Cruz, 2020, Acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 48×60 in

The Mother

The Mother, Abi Dionisio, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm Syndrome, Rudolph John Doane, 2019, Oil and graphite on paper, 24×18 in

Our Fragile Intakes

Our Fragile Intakes, Rudolph John Doane, 2020, Mixed media on paper, 30×20 in

A Departure

A Departure, Rudolph John Doane, 2019, Oil on canvas, 24×18 in

Play on Colloquy

Play on Colloquy, Faye Pamintuan, 2020, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 60×84 in

Some people are other people too

Some people are other people too, Edwin Martinez, 2019, Oil on canvas, 48×60 in

Stillness

Stillness, Marc Salamat, 2020, Oil on canvas, 36×72 in

Fake Plastic Love

Fake Plastic Love, Yao Sampana, 2020, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in

If I Could Be Who You Wanted

If I Could Be Who You Wanted, Yao Sampana, 2020, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in

Crucifixion

Crucifixion, Kim Jerome Santiago, 2020, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Before the Grave

Before the Grave, Satchi Tan, 2020, Oil on canvas, 42×60 in

I'm Writing You Letters Just When You Can't Read Them Anymore

I'm Writing You Letters Just When You Can't Read Them Anymore, Chelsea Theodossis, 2020, Oil on canvas, 4 panels 36×144 in

Fields of Gold I

Fields of Gold I, Papi Umali, 2020, Oil on canvas and wire, 15×19 in

Fields of Gold II

Fields of Gold II, Papi Umali, 2020, Oil on canvas and wire, 15×19 in

Fields of Gold III

Fields of Gold III, Papi Umali, 2020, Oil on canvas and wire, 15×19 in

Fields of Gold IV

Fields of Gold IV, Papi Umali, 2020, Oil on canvas and wire, 15×19 in

The Only Way Out is In

The Only Way Out is In, Welbart, 2019, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in

There's Fiction in the Space Between

There's Fiction in the Space Between, Welbart, 2019, Oil on canvas, 60×84 in