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Mayan apocalypse treated with humor in Ishmael Bernal Gallery art exhibit

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“BAD Girls Go to Hell,” Lala Gallardo

The Mayans prophesied that the world would end on Dec. 21, the same day that two artists will mount an exhibition seeking to balance seriousness and humor.

The exhibit is “Que Horror,” which will run at the Ishmael Bernal Gallery of the University of the Philippines-Diliman campus.

Lala Gallardo and Tina Garcia, both graduates of UP, said that they have intentionally slated the exhibit on what has been called “doomsday.”

“‘Que Horror’ is our interpretation of horror and apocalypse-themed movie scenes, done in paper cuts and paintings. My works are based on some of these scenes, but with a twist to reflect current issues,” Garcia said.

Heavily influenced by Japanese contemporary art by the likes of Yashitomo Nara and Ai Yamaguchi, Gallardo said he likes to inject his memories of watching bizarre B-movies, cartoons, comics and other pre-cable TV images into his work.

“SOCIAL Slimer,” Tina Garcia

“I enjoy making work that balances humor with dark images or themes, and I tend to make references to the popular media that I was exposed to growing up,” Gallardo said. “I like using materials that look simple and elegant like paper, and my color palette is always subdued. So my style looks a bit like ‘refined’ pop.”

The pieces in the exhibit are inspired by Gallardo’s personal memory of classic horror movies, and by the look and feel of a circa 1980s video rental store.

“Lala and I originally wanted to put up ‘Que Horror’ in time for Halloween, but plans fell through at the last minute. We’re still going with the idea of re-imagining certain scenes from popular horror and apocalypse-themed movies,” Gallardo said.

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