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MARK ANDY GARCIA

2AM Thoughts

It is said the human mind is not conditioned to be awake after midnight. In the artistic process, nocturnal wakefulness is a norm, if not preferred. When there is stillness and quiet, introspection and creativity thrive. In this space, Mark Andy Garcia’s 2AM Thoughts are revealed in the coded gesture of painting. His recent works are continuation of a string of contemplations previously shown in his exhibitions In Due Time, Chasing Sunsets, Countless Tries, and This too shall pass. Visually, they appear nebulous and romanticized but nevertheless are illustrations of a manifold of actual or imagined narratives. 

 

The artist as storyteller reprocesses the images of the flowers, silhouette of a person or a distant home amidst lush forests, an entranced man. They reappear in various states of Garcia, seemingly as a way of coming back or returning to some sort of emotion, proposition, or disposition. In his developing maturity as a person and an artist, self-reflexivity is discernible. The works When Midnight Arrives and The Morning After materializes a divergence. One shows a precision in its horizon line and the accuracy of the reflection are, in its painterly manner, constitute the clarity and balance; the other appears agile and playful, a bit skewed and in motion, the act (and joy) of painting (and living in the moment) more palpable. 

 

There is a pathway in At a Loss for Words, the field of view disappears at the center. In Garcia’s recent series, he intentionally ends the images inside the edges of the frame. Possibly cueing us that as he shares his 2AM thoughts, we can navigate through them via the visuality of his chronicles. His works are encompassing enough to make us feel the resonances. They equip us to situate ourselves in the orbit of and in art, to find calm in our own minds before or after midnight.

 

(Con Cabrera)

RAENA ABELLA

Etherized Objects

Raena Abella’s work never ceases to astound. Exposing hand-coated sheets of glass in an ancient wooden camera, moments before the volatile emulsion can dry, she is one of a handful of photographic female artists in the world to have mastered the wet-plate collodion process. It is about as far from a modern digital photo as you can get. The glass plate images are monoprints, nearly impossible to reproduce since the negative becomes the positive. They have a raw, atavistic quality that transforms the mundane into magical images that are spiritual and etheric. In fact an essential ingredient in her process is ether, a substance that was venerated by the early alchemists who believed there was an etheric plane above normal consciousness. By transforming fifty objects that we too often take for granted into a series of luminous images, Raena draws us into her realm of photographic alchemy.

 

- Neal Oshima

LILIANNA MANAHAN

The Wunderverse: Genesis

The Wunderverse is Lilianna's world that speaks of beauty hope and wonder found in the nuances of everyday life. They are illustrated through characters and experiences expressed in dynamic forms. The show is centered around the concept of the world being pictured in its primordial form, taking reference from dance movements, and inspired by her niece and nephew’s instinct to dance upon hearing a catchy beat in their younger years. 

 

The medium is the message in this show for Lilianna. The use of tyvek and sculpted metal - both malleable but permanent, show the creation of the human experience: we are built through several moments molded over time. 

 

The use of the selected materials reflect Lilianna's process of using maquettes and paper to create sketches, and how experimentation on paper can be translated into metal and other materials in large and small formats.

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