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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

ATMOSPHERE


Eghai Roxas
“Atmosphere”
24 September – 14 October 2009

Well-known Filipino Abstract Illusionist Eghai Roxas presents his latest solo exhibition titled “Atmosphere” at the Ricco Renzo Gallery from September 24 to October 14, 2009. “Atmosphere” is the artist’s latest interpretation of his distinct style of abstraction, where abstract elements like brushstrokes and geometric shapes are rendered with a 3-dimensional effect by adding shadows beneath them, allowing them to float over the rest of the abstract composition like a surreal interpretation. In the current series of fourteen large and small-scale paintings, Eghai takes as his inspiration the artistic tradition of landscape rendered in the Asian Modernist tradition exemplified by the late National Artist for Visual Arts Jose Joya, who was Eghai’s former mentor at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts (UP CFA), and from whom the current generation of Filipino Abstractionists like Lito Carating, Nestor Vinluan, Alfredo Liongoren, Roy Veneracion, Benjie Cabangis, and Rock Drilon also descended from.

“Atmosphere” uses Eghai’s trademark Abstract Illusionist style to produce horizontal paintings in monochrome with faint touches of warm and earth colours to provide a cultural and aesthetic continuation from the great tradition of meditative Asian landscapes, especially the calligraphic Daoist landscapes of the Southern Sung Dynasty in China during the 12th Century, or the 17th Century Zen painters of Tokugawa Shogunate Japan. The rendering of a floating circular shape that implies a dark moon or sun above a suggestive landscape in the Atmosphere series comes close to the earlier Chinese tradition of mystical landscapes; while his thick dashes of paint floating above a flat ground in his Atmospheric Equilibrium series suggests a more Modernist source, at once celestial and mathematical in their logic and calm. On the other hand, Eghai’s Deceptive Landscape series produces a combative realm in which floating elements clash with ground and sky to produce a sudden realization that one’s life is not merely passive, but must strive to overcome struggle and adversity to reach enlightenment.

Eghai Roxas’ “Atmosphere” thus acknowledges his debt to Jose Joya’s innovative use of Modernist landscape themes in order to produce a more meditative Asian Modernist experience where order, logic, and reason combine with uncertainty, melancholy, and unpredictability. “Atmosphere” also showcases the Filipino’s ability to synthesize both eastern and western aesthetic elements simultaneously, and showing our own heroic interpretation of modern abstraction as a people fused with the lessons and answers from two cultures. Ricco Renzo Gallery is at the Ground Floor, LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Reyes Street (formerly Reposo Street), Bel Air II, Makati City. For contact details, please call or text at Mobile # 0916-469-1761.

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