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by Henri Lamy

10 OCT : 1 NOV 2013
Opening reception with the artist: 10 October 2013, 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Altro Mondo Greenbelt 5

Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea is pleased to present WANDERLUST an exhibition of new works by French figurative painter, Henri Lamy.

That a living artist, working now without escape from the updating press about art that routinely celebrates forms and manners of youth-culture, as well as the routinely disturbing news accounts of yet another potentially depressing extensional ramification of history, would declare in an artists statement that “the exhibition is about: love, and endless faith and optimism even during the hardest times” could strike many as anomalous.

Technical bravura of achieving texture with acrylic aside (to my being, the least enduringly interesting aspect of any artwork, and the best know it; nor is his technique, in this show at least, consistent), Lamy’s art offers yet another reason to think about the tension between two distinctively different modal methods of clarity (abstraction and representation) out of which his art comes.

While others have produced art out of the now familiar tension between abstraction and representation to think about process, time and duration, uncertainty, or present delightful, delighting explorations of the art’s formal plasticity, Lamy used the tension to show what he saw: uninterpreted, unused, unexploited. That he saw, and plainly, is the marvel, and is good reason to hesitate to call him expressionist, or plainly post-Impressionist. No doubt he is the former (post-ab-ex or pre-Impressionist) as much as the latter, and to be all three is to be none of the three. The heroic gesture as I see it—or “prophetic,” as he would choose—is the relocation of the central tension from the categorical to that between certainty and uncertainty, and to focus it there with intent but not agenda.

WANDERLUST will be on view at Altro Mondo · Arte Contemporanea (3rd Level, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City, 1228 Philippines) until November 1, 2013. For inquiries, please call (+632) 501 3270 to 71 or email

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