The act and materiality of wrapping has been traditionally associated with concealment. It becomes a formal gesture straddling the acts of giving and receiving objects, or a signifier of secrecy meant to shield the final image from the eye of the beholder. Visual artist Annie Cabigting engages this concept head on in Under Wraps, a solo exhibition at Silverlens Galleries.
The exhibition is comprised entirely of wrapped paintings, with square canvases being carefully covered up with paper and set apart on pedestals. Like sculptures in the round, the wrapped paintings stand apart as objects to be physically experienced and contemplated at face value. Each work is deliberately left untitled, merely numbered. This catalogued sequence gives no clues as to what lies beneath, leaving one possibly suspended in disbelief, confronted with more questions than answers.
Often merging installation, photography and painting in her work, Cabigting's art-making has continually taken on the challenge of revisiting our notions of representation. In recent years, Cabigting has focused on creating paintings within paintings: consciously self-referential images that re-examine the ways how people are literally standing in front and seeing works of art. Under Wraps pursues her engagement with conceptualism, consistently reminding the viewer to rethink the ways we have traditionally accustomed ourselves to view art.
For more details, please call Silverlens Gallery at (63 2) 816-0044, (63 917) 587-4011
2320 Pasong Tamo Ext.
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
Thursday November 29, 2012 - Saturday December 22, 2012
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