Philippine Daily Inquirer / 09:48 PM November 24, 2013
“Bare” is Caña’s ninth solo exhibition, now running at VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery.
The 14 intermedia works in this exhibit are the product of that process and dialogue between the artists, the curator and the gallery. These works tackle 14 different concepts, each building up the artist’s subject position, in either pure black or pure white color.
“When curator Ricky Francisco pitched this project to me, it took me sleepless nights and restless days to finally figure out how I can approach the challenge,” Cana said. “Everyone knows I am a lover of colors and textures. It was not easy to go black and white minimalist when you are to talk about things that concern you in visual form. But I am so happy that I took on the challenge; this is by far the project that I am most proud of.”
Caña has been known for his colorful kaleidoscope style of painting, indulging in intricate patterned textures in rendering subjects like nature, female figures and urban landscapes. He is a member of the Saturday Group and Quinta.
“Prior to ‘Bare,’ I worked with Caña for the first time on a group exhibit for the Philippine Embassy’s annual art event in Singapore called ArtTrek in 2011,” said Francisco. “Caña and I shared common insights with regards to the many nuances of art practice and art appreciation. I saw how with constant dialogue, new conclusions can be made and with that comes the development of new visual metaphors and imagery.”
“Bare” runs until Dec. 14.
VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery is at 2/F, CK Bldg, 61 Visayas Avenue Quezon City. Call 502-2578, 0917-8555066; visit www.vmemecontemporary.com.