Aligned 2: Imperfect Balance, Abstractions and Assemblages
Opening Reception – 8 November 2016, Tuesday, 6PM
Exhibition runs until November 21, 2016
In Aligned 2:Imperfect Balance, Pinggot Zulueta and Demosthenes Campos explore themes of attachments, junctures, growth and expansion, with abstractions that rework images of mundane objects,reshaping them for visual expressions brought about by personal association and significance.
Campos, meanwhile, uses acid-bathed metal cuttings, juxtaposing them with fibers secured with tin, textured panels, grassy carpets, and bunches of cut wire that evince hope blossoming and persistent growth overcoming odds amid today's harsh social and political climate.
His Sibol series have wire cables opened up to resemble blooms with fine filaments installed above fleecy white clouds, the stuff of dreams, maybe even products of snow, smoke or a floating hydroponic garden. As artificial materials bring forth and nourish practically indestructible metal and plastic, he creates glimpses of a better and stronger future.
Suburban Life, a verdigris-tinted piece, has more of Campos' wire flowers, sparse yet still showing signs of life despite the confinement simulated by vertical bars. His other mixed media works such as Antigen echo these elements as well, combining them with plastic ties and plush carpet pieces evoking synthetic forests with shifting colors, this time in bloody red. Shrubbery comes not just in the expected shades of green, but in various permutations of hues associated with the different seasons.
With subtle elegance and restraint, the artist's multilayered applications of peeling and textured paints are offset by the painstakingly hand-effloresced metal foliage. One work, Pointing to Success, stands out, however, as it is crafted with just the minimal rendering of an arrow that points onward, with faith bearing the anticipation of better things to come. Compared to the other pieces, it might appear understated and basic, yet it speaks just as loudly with the artist's voice.
For Zulueta and Campos, imperfect balance might seem enough for now as they constantly seek alignment in their art practice by using their skills to manipulate materials to bring light to concepts rarely brought to the fore by other noble professions. In seeking equilibrium between one's duties to family and country, and the sometimes thankless undertaking of the artist's life -- that of bringing beauty and dignity to society with their utmost capacity -- their relentless pursuit of the artist's odyssey to bring balance and harmony through works of art remains to be unceasing.