RAYS ON THE SHUTTER
Maria Cruz, Elizabeth Newman and Gerardo Tan
July 2-30, 2011
Galleria Duemila is pleased to announce an exhibition of works with painters Maria Cruz, Elizabeth Newman and Gerardo Tan entitled, rays on the shutter. This exhibition presents the work of three conceptual painters: Maria Cruz (Berlin), Elizabeth Newman (Melbourne) and Gerardo Tan (Manila), whose practices resonates the underground aesthetic currents of the cities they represent and challenges the fundamental discourses on painting today.
The artists’ individual strategies in the realm of conceptual art and institutional critique, dismantles modernity, structuralist philosophy and contemporary criticism. Each work is an emphasis of the inter-determination and contingency of social and historical phenomena with the cultural values and biases of perspective.
rays on the shutter is an exhibition which provides a glimpse to their individual empowered practice, the materiality of painting, its relevance and existential possibilities.
Maria Cruz’s dialectic approach to her intuitive process in painting includes deduction, excess, erasure or a generative system of flagrant simplicity in her painting process. Her past works include the obliteration of the face value of currency and its levitating social implications. Her current body of work “The Letter X in Color Wheels” is an embodiment of the same gestural process and layering with reference to the letter “X” as an idea of mystique or an unknown factor in the everyday.
Elizabeth Newman’s work has been known in Melbourne for pushing the boundaries of the materiality and space involved in her painting process. Newman uses domestic objects as iconic representations in her work; an act which is both idiosyncratic and monumental in representing an empowered subjective condition.
Gerardo Tan conducts a simulacrum of collage-based paintings, and deconstructs images taken from idealized representations in western art news taken from textbooks, old paintings or magazine clippings. Tan uses photography, painting, digital print, collage and silkscreen to re-frame images from his immediate memory in creating layer upon layer of information and associations. Albeit abstract, the fragments are not completely independent of each other and upon further investigation you’ll notice developed procedures in each painting process thereby creating inner dynamism, entirely different from that of its supposed model, presenting itself as the final cause.
rays on the shutter runs from July 2-30 2011 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City, Philippines. For inquiries, please call Ms. Thess Ponce at Tel. No. 831-9990 or Telefax (02) 833-9815, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.galleriaduemila.com