TRANSFORMATIONS was a thesis work for the class of Roberto Chabet at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts presented in 1998. It consists of 3 videos documenting the journey of three enamel paintings around the metro. The original paintings (which were destroyed during the process of the video work) became the main inspiration for my current enamel-based works.
The paintings are a celebration of Philippine pop culture and are also a reflection of my morbid fascination with kitsch imagery. The paintings break away from the gallery space as its primary venue of exhibition and then displayed and showcased in other cultural establishments and situations as an extension of the streets of Manila—gritty yet softened by humor. Using a Sony 8mm video camera, a journalistic narrative was created with the paintings being the center of focus through the entire journey. Each painting has its own “episode”, or a particular situation wherein the “transformation” occurs. From jeepney decals, to public art, to an actual painting, to a wedding gift, to some court room evidence, to a dance club prop—the context of the work changes in different situations. The final scene brings the paintings to a literal clean slate when the images came back from the recesses of the streets, leaving the primitive form and silhouette of the wooden panels. In contrast to a fade to black transition, the paintings were cloaked in white paint to play its final part of the story.
TRANSFORMATIONS 2013, the extended version will be projected on the walls of Finale Gallery’s Video Room from September 11 – October 5. Opening reception will be on Wednesday, September 11 from 6 – 10pm. See you there!
Finale Art File
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