It’s a Sunday afternoon, lazy and peaceful after a hectic Saturday night on the town with old friends visiting from London. The sun shines brightly, but the breeze gives the day a slight chill, a reminder that the year has just begun, the heat of summer still a few months away. A great afternoon to try and catch the much-talked about Lao show at Blanc Compound in Mandaluyong.
The show opened exactly a week ago. In a way I was glad we missed opening night. Viewing the show today allows us to revel in the gallery’s quiet. Lao Lianben has said before that his art is about silence. As we contemplate his monochromatic hues and marvel at the textures of his surfaces, we appreciate the serenity of his work. Calm
washes over us. When we emerge from the hush onto busy Shaw Boulevard, we feel recharged, ready to face the hectic week ahead.