Hyper Blast Abominations from Pow Martinez

May 3, 2010

Pow Martinez, "Sidekick"

I find them quite amusing, these globs and squirts and drips that Pow Martinez uses for his paintings.  I first came across his work a little less than a year ago at West Gallery.  Aptly titled 1 Billion Years, that show introduced us to Pow’s unique way of rendering figures, somewhat like the crude illustrations of primitive man.  He had small pieces, nothing bigger than 2ft x 2ft, or 2ft x 3 ft if I remember correctly, of faces made from smears and clumps of paint.  The kind you could also imagine up on the walls of a kindergarten.

Pow Martinez, "Unhappy Flowers"

Pow describes his paintings as primal.  They employ no particular references to art history, just fantastic reflections of an imagined universe. One filled to the brim with bright, sometimes neon, hues and provocative images that belie his childlike technique.

In this show, Hyper Blast Abomination, on view at Mag:net in Katipunan, we see more of his work.  This time Pow includes two large-scale paintings.  We get a glimpse of how this method translates to background landscapes and even still lifes.  He also adds a suite of works on paper.   Unsurprisingly, he reveals the influence of artists Manuel Ocampo and Jayson Oliveria on his art.  Like them, he depicts over-the-top, somewhat shocking, images to deliver impact.

I like Sidekick and The Plan for their abundant backdrops and lively colors.  These backdrops remind me of works by the Impressionists, albeit rougher and more imprecise, perfect foils to the characters he chose to populate these two pieces with:  the pair of cowboys, one tall, the other short, swaggering down a path in Sidekick, and the coven of gargoyles in The Plan.   Unhappy Flowers also makes me happy.  I thought, though, that the collection that make up Shit Drawings #1 deliver nothing we have not seen before.

Pow Martinez, "The Plan"

This past year has seen Pow Martinez return to painting after a stretch creating purely conceptual pieces.  While there has been a wave of his aesthetic all over the world, I feel that it has just gotten into the Manila mainstream .  As I told Pow when we discussed this show, anything new and different will always be a welcome development.  It certainly spices up the scene.

Pow Martinez, "Jew Mafia"

Detail, "Shit Drawings #1"

Hyper Blast Abomination runs from 23 April to 21 May 2010 at Mag:net, 335 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Phone (632)929-3191 or visit http://www.magnetgalleries.com

Exhibit installation view



America Ain’t That Sweet for Hannah Pettyjohn and Small Wonders at Mag:net Ayala

May 11, 2009
Hannah Pettyjohn, "DFW RIP (Urban Sprawl) and "American Mary"

Hannah Pettyjohn, "DFW RIP (Urban Sprawl)" and "American Mary"

AMERICAN SWEET BY HANNAH PETTYJOHN

A little more than two years ago, half- American Hannah Pettyjohn spent time in Texas to reconnect with her roots. While there, she worked at a geotechnical engineering lab, lived in a white house that looked exactly like all the other houses in the neighborhood, got to know her father’s family, and read David Foster Wallace.

In this exhibit, Hannah

Hannah Pettyjohn, "JCD", "JTP", and "HCP"

Hannah Pettyjohn, "JCD", "JTP", and "HCP"

channels the isolation she felt as a temporary transplant into middle America. She portrays her subjects donning surgical masks similar to those she herself had to wear at her job, and then declines to call them by their names. She refers to them simply by their initials. The masks, because of what remains concealed, create barriers that discourage any chances of  real intimacy or empathy between us, the viewers, and these nameless subjects. They remain distant and aloof from us, just as they remained virtual strangers to Hannah, and she to them.

Around the exhibit, Hannah has scattered cast plaster replicas of the houses in her Dallas neighborhood, each one mirror images of each other.  She recreates the tedium and repetition so typical of a soulless suburban panorama. She even records landscape from behind car windows, once again imposing a gulf, an invisible gap that keeps her, and us, at a distance.

American Sweet by Hannah Pettyjohn can be viewed from 6 May to 6 June at SLab, 2f YMC Bldg., 2320 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City. Ph: (632)816-0044 or visit www.slab.silverlensphoto.com

SHOEBOX DIORAMAS

Mac Valdezco, from her Invisible Pilot series

Mac Valdezco, from her Invisible Pilot series

Ikoy Riccio, "Sheep"

Ikoy Riccio, "Sheep"

Here comes a show so aptly titled for the dimensions of both the pieces on display and the size of the gallery. Mag:net’s branch at The Columns in Ayala Avenue barely holds ten people at once in its narrow expanse, yet has somehow

Yasmin Sison Ching, "Crochet Experiment 2"

Yasmin Sison Ching, "Crochet Experiment 2"

managed to host some pretty interesting shows. This one, conceptualized by husband and wife, artists Yasmin and Mariano Ching, fits the venue perfectly. They wanted to showcase deliberately minute works evident for their handcrafted quality. All nine artists deliver delightful miniature extensions of past bodies of work. I love Mac Valdezco’s shoes from clingwrap, her current medium of choice. Yasmin Ching’s piece continues her experiments with producing soft sculpture from yarns she crochets herself, first seen in her piece for the Surrounded By Water group show at Blanc Compound. Other standouts for me include Ikoy Riccio’s sheep sculpture from paper clips and Mike Munoz’s lightbox.

Mike Munoz, "IXOYE(Fish)"

Mike Munoz, "IXOYE(Fish)"

I hate to resort to the cliche small but terrible, but really, that’s what this show is all about: small works that have been made so well that they can give some of the humongous wall-bound stuff currently on view in other galleries a run for their money (and that’s another cliche!).

Bea Camacho, "Gloves", limited edition photograph

Bea Camacho, "Gloves", limited edition photograph

Shoebox Dioramas, group show of Bea Camacho, Eugene Jarque, Hitoshi Kanamura, Ikoy Riccio, Jordin Isip, Mac Valdezco, Mariano Ching, Mike Munoz, Yasmin Sison, is up from 6 May to 1 June at Mag:net at The Columns in Ayala Avenue. Ph (632)929-3191 or visit www.magnetgalleries.com

Mariano Ching, "(Unknown Pleasure)"

Mariano Ching, "(Unknown Pleasure)"

Eugene Jarque, "Color Handbook of Garden Insects"

Eugene Jarque, "Color Handbook of Garden Insects"

Jordin Isip, part of Head 1, 2, 3, 4

Jordin Isip, part of Head 1, 2, 3, 4


Marija Draws on Bad Manners, Jayson Manipulates Life

March 11, 2009

 

Count on Mag:net to bring something novel to

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

to the current crop of shows.   Whether exhibiting works of an award-winning contemporary artist, or introducing a promising art student, you can bet that both shows bring us light, easy, uncomplicated pieces.  In a word, fun.

BAD MANNERS BY MARIJA VICENTE

Marija still has two years to go as a Painting major at the UP College of Fine Arts.  Already, she has made it to Rogue Magazine’s list of women artists to watch.  She gives us a chance to find out what the fuss is about as she presents 10 drawings,  what she calls foolish

Marije Vicente, Bad Manners Series

Marije Vicente, Bad Manners Series

portraits.  All pencil on paper pieces,  she captures uninhibited, even crass, behavior from subjects who have no qualms to embarassment.    Would be interesting to see what Marija does next.

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

 

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

 

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

Marija Vicente, Bad Manners Series

 LIFE EXPECTANCIES BY JAYSON OLIVERIA

Jayson Oliveria, "No Sign of Life" installation, Not to Inspire Awe Series of paintings on printed canvas

Jayson Oliveria, "No Sign of Life" installation, Not to Inspire Awe Series of paintings on printed canvas

Jayson puts together a show of mixed media wall-mounted and free-standing pieces, all culled  from the pages of LIFE magazine.  He paints over printed canvases, applying smudges, smears, and figures, taking over the images,  leaving his imprint, and making them his own.  Not bad.

Jayson Oliveria, "Not to Inspire Awe 8" and "Point Blank"

Jayson Oliveria, "Not to Inspire Awe 8" and "Point Blank"

Jason Oliveria, Not to Inspire Awe Series

Jason Oliveria, Not to Inspire Awe Series

 

 

 

 

Bad Manners by Marija Vicente runs from 7 to 26 March 2009, Life Expectancies by Jayson Oliveria runs from 7 March to 8  April 2009. Mag:net Katipunan is at Agcor Bldg, 335 Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City.  Ph (632) 929-3191 or visit www.magnetgalleries.com


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