Ka.thar.sis Exhibition by Pinggot Zulueta
The Saturday Group Gallery, 4th level, East Wing,
9 December 2017, Opening Cocktail 6:00 pm
While the collection is distinct in its merit, the show serves as a sequel to his last show, “Incepto”. As the last collection touched upon his internal struggles, Zulueta further expanded on this concept and moved towards a more holistic and philosophical discussion on alienation and identity through the physical vehicle, the face.
Zulueta is no stranger to portraits being a seasoned photographer with a colorful career documenting the evolution of the Philippine art scene, however, in his paintings his approach towards portraits take in a more intimate dimension. Instead of zeroing in on his own representation of himself, he shares his reimagining’s of other people, to further build upon these themes.
In the pieces set to be exhibited, Zulueta shares a fascinating discourse on the capacities of the face. Through the silhouettes of the figure, the seductive chaos of colour and lines alludes to the inner turmoil within the subject. In removing traditional features of the face, he delved into the soul, sometimes in a mood of despondency but always looking at life with equal parts seriousness and absurdity. Furthermore, he elevated the face as a vehicle for communication and a reflection of physical, spiritual and artistic disposition. In ka.thar.sis., Zulueta highlights the duality of the face as he elevates its ability t both reveal and conceal.
Above this, however, it is important to note that remaining true to the original concept of Catharsis, the ultimate aim of this emotional and spiritual purge is towards renewal and restoration. In Zulueta’s decision to bare the most personal and private battles, he serves as a mouthpiece for these universal struggles, highlighting that one must embrace the dark night of the soul in order to summon rebirth.
The exhibit runs until December 30, 2017 at The Saturday Group Gallery 4th level, East Wing, Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.