15 Jul - 05 Aug 2017
Kitty Kaburo | Solo exhibition
15 July – 5 August 2017
Tin-aw Art Gallery
A concrete jungle, heavy and nocturnal, morphs into viscous streams and ethereal clouds that glow brilliantly –structures like lampposts, buildings, and pavements melt into each other in dazzlingly vibrant fluorescent and pastel hues—creating a mise-en-scene at once foreboding and serene.
Inspired by the moods and emotions the Manila sky induces as well as the viewing of a low resolution copy of the 1980 Ishmael Bernal film “City After Dark / Manila By Night”, Kitty Kaburo depicts such scenes in her works for Lo Res, the artist’s upcoming solo exhibition. The numerous transformations (architectural and geological), encompassing decades or even centuries, of urban spaces merge into distinct images wherein the scenes of the past bleed into the present, its lores are perpetuated to intersect with visions of the future. Time’s demarcations dissolve within the realms of these prismatic paintings; the ephemeral becomes immortal and vice versa.
Sidewalks, facades, and other pieces of the city aren’t haunted only by their past and future physical transformations but also by the remnants of moments that transpired alongside such structures. Inscribed on their weathered surfaces are the tales that have breezed by, burdens and instances of freedom. These memories have reverberated and now cross-fade with one another. As such the city is charged with a dark history; its ghosts freely roam, looming over rooftops, engulfing all roads. There exists a sense of heaviness in observing Manila for both the inhabitant and the tourist who, alternating between feeling awestruck and disoriented, sentimental and distant, know these phantoms are very well present despite poignantly reminding us of everything’s impermanence.
Visual Artist Kitty Kaburo graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts in 2015. She won Best Thesis for her work ‘Halo-Halo States of Matter’a video installation and mixed media work. She has taken an artist residency at Langgeng Art Foundation in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her works have been shown in several group exhibitions in Manila and in Art Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Lo Res runs from 15 July to 5 August 2017 at Tin-aw Art Gallery. The opening reception is on the 15th of July at 6pm.
Contact Tin-aw Art Gallery at 892 7522 or at email@example.com for more information on this exhibition
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