Fernan Odang‘s surreal paintings and drawings explore the social and political issues of today. From sexual themes to absurd portraits of political leaders, there’s both a terror and humor in each of his paintings, often cast in a single hue that underscores the horror of the proceedings. The self-taught artist currently resides in Manila.
Shudi Liu’s oil and acrylic paintings are both cerebral and playful in nature. The artist disassembles both the body and familiar objects, creating scenes that appear ripped from dreams. And in a single work, this discombobulation seems to come with elation and solitude.
Painter Rodel Tapaya ties the current social climate of the Philippines to the mythology of the past. In a recent show at Tang Contemporary, Tapaya offered new paintings with “Myths and Truths.” The surrealist images touch on evironmental and political images, in a variety of scales in this recent body of work.
Bruce Mc Gowan’s striking paintings and sculptures are called “Contemporary Baroque,” reinventing a centuries-old sensibility. The artist also cites pop culture, as well as the likes of Robert Williams and Todd Schorr, as formative his development. The artist moves between colored pencil, oils, acrylics, pen, or a combination of these, in crafting these works.
With his signature “Ohlala” character, Reen Barrera creates both mixed-media paintings and windable toys. The figure moves between cutesy and menacing iterations, appearing both hardened and crudely decorated. In the moving wooden sculptures, the deceptively simple actions show ingenuity from the artist.
James Guppy’s recent acrylic paintings on fabric, juxtaposing floral arrangements and contemporary businessmen, play with “the history of paint and value.” The artist showed his recent body of work in a run at Jan Murphy Gallery, titled “The Venal Garden.” Though absurdist initially in appearance, the works have a specific historical consideration.