Until he was 11 years old, Tatong Recheta Torres wished he could be a superhero and fly, take himself off into another realm, transform. Instead life happened, bringing with it all its attendant ordinariness
and routine. Lucky for us, despite the physical impossibility of fulfilling this childhood desire, Tatong- the-now- grown-up- artist wistfully revisits these long-ago longings in his latest exhibit, The Most Genuine Regret, on view at Art Informal in Greenhills.
Tatong’s art has always been about his incursions into a fantastic, alternate world, at once fascinating and
horrifying. He transfixes as much as he makes us recoil, until slowly, we come to accept this parrallel reality. What at first seems like pistules festering on rotting flesh acquire the patina of the commonplace. Decayed matter turn into objects of beauty, leaving us captivated. Tatong sucks us into his universe. And here, enthralled, we choose to stay.
The Most Genuine Regret by Tatong Recheta Torres is at Art Informal from 11 December 2008 to 11 January 2009. 227 Connecticut St., East Greenhills, Mandaluyong City, (632)725-8518