Visual artists throughout history have tackled conflict and its resultant thematic strains. The idea of tension underscores a decidedly narrative approach to a practice, with its roots as an element in the plot of a story. Many of the great works of art are seemingly caught in media res as part of a greater tale. From the frozen grandeur of mythological tales from ancient Greece and Rome to the complex Mannerist plotlines woven during the Renaissance, conflict and war pervades the greatest artistic careers in history.
The idea of conflict is often interspersed with its emotional opposite: that of love. It is said of love that it is strongest as a survival instinct—coming through, as it were, during war. In this light, 371 Art Space, the youngest and one of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in the city, opens Love and War—a group exhibition that investigates the interactions between these two opposite and contrasting forces. Featuring some of the best contemporary artists today, including the likes of Jaspher Penuliar, Nicolas Arnault, Eufemio Rasco IV, Averil Paras, Dominador Laroza, Yani Unsana, Michael Zacarias, Mike Heesch, Gino Tioseco, Reybert Ramos, Gene Paul Martin, Potti Lesaguis, Julmard Vicente, Ronson Culibrina, Keb Cerda, Adrian Evangelista, Tricia Ann, Jay Valente, Jessie Mondares, Dominique Alfonso, Francis Bejar, Francesko Tolentino, Zaldy Garra, and members of the Studio 1616 art group, Love and War promises to be a fascinating survey of how these sought-after artists explore the complex nuances of war.
Love and War opens on October 26, 2012 at 6:00PM and runs to November 5.
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The idea of war is a prevalent theme throughout this exhibition. Levin Paras’ work, Dark Times, is indicative of this direction. The overwhelming use of monochrome to symbolize the idea of the detachment conflict which conflict brings is displayed, along with the jarring usage of text to spell out ‘good morning’—alluding to the prospect of a brighter future. Yani Usana’s The Butterflies Are All Gone”= makes use of a nude figure to allude to an unbridled passion—her profile turned a quarter to suggest a hidden passion. Nicolas Arnault’s playfully-titled Gun and Rose examines the dual nature of conflict as having the power to bring together polarities to their destruction.
Love and War is a fascinating take on an age-old trope. Beyond that, it is a great way to survey the leaps and bounds that contemporary art has taken in the past few years. Art lovers of various stripes would do well to pay this exhibition a visit.
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