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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

HALF EMPTY HALF FULL


Half Empty Half Full
Patrick B. Fernandez
Ysobel Art Gallery
2nd flr.,Serendra,
Bonifacio High Street,
BGC,Taguig City
24 February 2012

Ysobel Art Gallery presents” Half Empty Half Full”, the first solo exhibition of Patrick B. Fernandez, on February 24, 2012, Friday, at the Second Floor Shops at Serendra in Bonifacio High Street,BGC, Taguig City.

A collection of myriad images and installations inspired by visions of stained glass applied to stationary figures, Half Empty Half Full explores the expansive breadth between optimism and pessimism, choice and fate. Warm hues explode on canvas as drips, washes and splatters of acrylic paint serve as subtle background to universal characters intertwined with flora and fauna, whether alone, in duo or with a group of mongering spectators set on grounds reminiscent of contemporized cathedral iconography. Fernandez’ mosaic figures with their doleful eyes seemingly ask questions of the audience, testing one’s perception and unique interpretation of easily relatable scenario. Their bodies are made of interlocking albeit square-edged puzzles, the fabric of shared experiences serving as patterned lines segmenting and breaking each character down into pieces of occurrences and encounters. Gaps are ever-present, nothing fits perfectly into place and there is always room for reinforcement. The artist leads his audience to favorable possibilities, hoping to leave an image of positivity in the minds of his viewers in the midst of conflicting concerns pervading life today.

Born and raised in Binmaley, Pangasinan, Patrick B. Fernandez is a self-taught artist who was inspired by exhibitions in Dagupan City’s Pista’y Dayat Festival. He graduated from the Pangasinan State University with honors and has held various positions in corporations and local government before deciding to become a full-time artist and art instructor. Fernandez was a finalist in the 2009 GSIS National Painting Competition and a Semi-Finalist in the LRT Art Competition 2009 before being voted as the president of the Dagupan Artists’ Circle and the AAP Dagupan City, Pangasinan Chapter. He is also one of the four founding members of APATIRA.

Half Empty Half Full is on exhibit from February 24 to March 8. For inquires, please call +639285071117 or email ysobelartgallery@yahoo.com

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