Can time set the world in motion? Maybe. And there should be convergence of crises – social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces of technology – to feel our existence on a single point.
One may ponder that it is imperative to realize that a point is not a thing, but a place. This is exactly the revelation being shared to us from the merging of spirits by Christopher Fernandez, John Mark Galutera, and Paul Eric Roca in their group art exhibition entitled “Point of Convergence”.
Granted, these three artists make a space for us who sometimes forget to burn our desire in creating social impact. How much or little we grasp that visual art absorbs power. Arguably, so is love… in representing the secret worth of things.
Without people who can paint, we would not have many of the things we take for granted. For these things, just as for the Filipinos, we think the pursuit of the exhibition is at its core no different from any other fields like Math or Philosophy.
Time and space approach toward a definite value. The portrayals they bring for our eyes can also converge to a specific point from psyche to the surface of human souls, from ourselves up to the sights we deemed as ordinary.
In Primal Salvo, the group art exhibition slated last November 2015, Christopher Fernandez gave us the evidence of conveying with poise opinions which differ from the injustices of our environment. This taste of art serves as means of modifying internal state to permit us to tolerate social settings. Now, he proves us things to reach in silence behind in within art and language, leaving the question of whether his persona can adopt to the mode of self-expression. But spare him a chance to defend his right to explore her enigmatic presence in the limelight of Lucenahins’ myriad of symptoms.
John Mark Galutera is another man of boundaries. He always attuned in making out spaces, locating places, and suggesting time. Being said, Galutera finds affinity in mixing grays and blues. Like he always do, he “probes into the permanence of objects and how moments become mementos, events turn to anecdotes and realities into histories…” The Point of Convergence commends him to breathe new life. Aside from translating collected images using multilayers of media to fill out the canvass, he is of vanguard to verse out his style challenged by point – new dimension.
Thumbs up to Eric Paul Roca. From www.mbartists.com, Roca has always been a kid at heart and never wants to lose his ability to view the world with awe and wonder. At a very young age, he was fascinated with colorful images and often cut out illustrations from magazines for his scrap book. He would draw portraits of his family and his superheroes on walls or any flat surfaces. He was in an art club throughout his elementary school days, which ultimately paved way to a fine arts degree. With this series, he is delving into the abyss of the human psyche: a dilemma of beliefs that have shaped a person’s totality – the push and pull between chaos and conformity. These expressions of anguish and apprehension reflect the purging of one’s self. The dark and ominous tones depict the raw and blatant appearance of a person stripped of pretension. We see what we are in our own lonely selves, distorted sinuous bodies that portray our imperfect selves.
Here’s the catch: they converged with one purpose – evolution of psyche.
But then again, let us also consider our artists in searching for our national identity. Still, “what’s the point?” is the wrong question to ask. Art matters if we are to look at an angle that so long ago it is seen as an instrument in shaping “national” consciousness. Dubbed as the title of an essay written by Clarissa Chikiamco lies the question: So have our artists found the Filipino soul? The exhibition is not just an exhibition. Fernandez, Galutera, and Roca are well aware of the fact that an art must be conveyed from a space – Lucena City Quezon, part of the Philippines. Period.