16 Sep - 07 Oct 2017
Antipas Delotavo Solo exhibition
16 September - 7 October 2017
Tin-aw Art Gallery
Opening Reception: 16 September, Saturday, 6pm
In crux section, Antipas Delotavo portrays the common folk, a subject that pervades his illustrious four-decade career. Delotavo’s oeuvre shows the artist having devoted himself to this specific sector—the anonymous mass crucial to the nation’s operations yet whose lives are barely valued. In ten new paintings, figures evocative of the quotidian stand in stark contrast to the majestic colonial architecture, floral ornamentation, and machine components emerging from the thick smoke and haze.
These familiar characters either wander aimlessly or stand lost in thought, floating around the canvas while remaining trapped in their own worlds. The boundaries between foreground and background are collapsed and the abstract converges with the figural. In Delotavo’s canvases, it is the dispossessed, the detached, and the debased that are given the spotlight just as the noise, heat, and restless activity of the streets are momentarily subdued to amplify the alienation, bleakness, and inertia that afflicts his subjects.
This is presented as a cross-section of our society: beyond the façades of hospitality and festive spirits is despondence and inner turbulence. The dire situation many helplessly find themselves in hardly improved if it has even changed at all. The producers are still concretely cordoned off from their products and yet the mirage of an opulent bygone era vies for our attention. This scenario’s prevalence assures the immediacy of its recognition, a fact Delotavo is well aware of as evinced in his blunt articulation of the harsh conditions of life in the city.
Crux Section opened with an artist’s reception on 16 September and will be on view until 7 October.
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