If Plet Bolipata’s works came alive and transformed into celebrities, they would be Paris Hilton or Kimora Lee Simmons— flamboyant, vivacious, and unabashedly luxe. From the jewel tones she uses as backdrop for her collages, to the florid and audacious patterns she mixes onto her mosaics, her works brim with opulence and confidence. Her pieces are meant for joyous celebrations, the kind where everyone nibbles on foie gras and toasts martinis without thought for tomorrow. Quiet introspection can come another day. Or for someone else’s art.
While I have always enjoyed Plet’s collages, undoubtedly the stars of Fearless Women and Mad Men, Plet’s solo exhibit now running at Boston Gallery, are the concrete animal sculptures she has brought to life with her mosaics. A prancing masked pony, a dog who pairs his tuxedo with sunglasses, a cow sporting a leopard-print hoodie, and a psychedelic carabao rubbing his head on the ground, they all come together as a menagerie fit for a diva. All very sumptuous. All very Plet.
Fearless Women and Mad Men runs from 23 October to 11 November 2010 at Boston Gallery, 72-A Boston St., Cubao, Quezon City. Phone (632) 722-9205