ARTERIES AND EXCAVATIONS AT ART INFORMAL
Walking into Art Informal in the middle of a busy week feels like a balm to my harassed senses. On view: pieces from internationally-acclaimed husband and wife sculptors, Noell El Farol and Mervy Pueblo. She works with stone, he with glass. This marks the first time they show together.
When you look at Mervy’s pieces, you realize how far she has experimented with the potentials of her chosen medium. You forget, until you try and lift one of her works, how heavy stone actually is. Her free-flowing organic forms, whether polished and
chiseled, or made coarse and jagged, can depict movement or serenity with equal ease.
Noell channels his other life, that of a practicing archeologist, into his work as an artist. He simulates his field notes, found specimens, even the markings of a cloth wrap, all in etched metal, engraved and cast glass. Through
his sculpture, he seamlessly melds his two fields of expertise, producing meticulously-wrought, elegant, and quietly
sophisticated works of art.
Arteries and Excavation is on view from 5 to 22 Feb 2009 at Art Informal, 277 Connecticut St., Greenhills. Phone (632)725-8518 or visit www. artinformal.com
UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYES BY MARK ANDY GARCIA
In stark contrast to the tranquility and calm of Noell and Mervy’s show, Mark Andy Garcia’s current solo exhibit lets us experience the full
force of a family tragedy. In his paintings, you grapple with the rawness of his hurt and anger, with the depth of feelings for his mother and siblings. He fills his canvases with figures, working with dark and somber pigments. You leave the show touched by his rage, hoping that in his art at least, he finds his catharsis.
Under the Watchful Eyes by Mark Andy Garcia is at Blanc Compound from 7 to 28 Feb 2009, 359 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. Phone (632)752-0032 or visit www.blanc.ph