Banson’s ‘Life in Technicolor’ employs abstraction for activist work


“GREAT Fortunes” I

Abstraction is an aesthetic form that can be intensely expressionistic. Working with feelings and emotions instead of the deliberate rules of anatomy, or the philosophical constructs of mimesis, abstractionists are a purer type of artist.

But for Caress Banson, abstraction can be a tool for social activism. It helps that her exhibits have beneficiaries, such as Feeding Metro Manila (or FMM), a hunger relief charity which holds feeding preschool and elementary schoolchildren.

Galerie Joaquin and The Podium will mount Banson’s show for the benefit of FMM. The show is “Life in Technicolor,” which will open on today at 6 p.m., at the 2/F, Atrium, The Podium, ADB Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

“Soulful Sail” II

Color is the dominant abstracted component of the exhibition, with Banson using geometric patterns and fearless, bold swaths of brushwork to convey a lively and dynamic impression.

Drawing on the traditions of Bauhaus, Paul Klee, and even abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, Banson imbues her canvases with a sense of buoyancy, springing each abstracted object alive with her fantastic eye for detail.

“Jazz Fest”

Her grasp of abstract technique is one reason why we’ve seen Banson’s profile increase in the art community. But it’s her dedication to sociocivic issues that have earned her widespread admiration throughout all sectors of society.

Through the sales of pieces from this exhibition, FMM will be able to continue its important charity work and alleviate hunger in Metro Manila.

The exhibition will run until Aug. 18. Call Galerie Joaquin at tel. 632-7239418 or e-mail  Visit

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