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The twin sides of human nature are often used as fodder for many artists. The struggle between the metaphorical light and dark provides the emotional tension to charge any piece of artwork. Artist Randy Solon is no stranger to this melee, adapting his particular brand of hyper-realist symbolism fraught with religious imagery to a monochromatic palette that strips off the distraction of color and its allegiances to wild emotions.

It is this approach to visual arts that gives rise to his latest exhibition, “Checkered Dreams,” opening reception at 371 Art Space on April 18 and running until April 28.

Showing the breadth of the evolution of his practice, “Checkered Dreams” is a fantastic look into the nuances of his artistic career.

371 Art Space is located at 371 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan City, Metro Manila.
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Solon is an artist preoccupied with the spiritual and prefers not to be tainted by the extravagances of humanity. The soft-spoken artist, trained at the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, is fond of the contrasting mechanisms provided by diptychs, triptychs, and light techniques. He counts among his influences the Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn, particularly his affinity with shadows—which shows rather poignantly in the artist’s religious works. The seriousness of the topics at hand belies any form of playfulness that characterizes the works of his contemporary peers. In one of his works, for instance, one sees the different styles that underline Solon’s aesthetic sensibilities. The figurations themselves are depicted using a monochrome palette, but the background is of a bloody sunset. The plow motif is one of hard-working desperation—reminding us of the literary power of visual art to tell a story. Indeed, it is a power that Solon wields skillfully. Solon has seen his profile rise in and around the region. A product of the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, his works, having been auctioned in several Southeast Asian auctions, have been increasingly sought-out for their demonstration of technique and a vision that extends beyond and into the spiritual. “Checkered Dreams” can be seen as both a culmination of the artist’s practice and the harbinger of the future direction of his practice.

As such, any serious follower of the contemporary visual art scene should pay 371 Art Space a visit.

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