Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:34 AM July 28, 2014
“Anonymous” is the newest show of international Filipino artist Fernando Modesto. It will run at the West Gallery, 48 West Avenue, Quezon City, Aug. 6-Sept. 6.
Although he had a mild stroke in 2010, Modesto is well and back to his voluble self. His artworks continue to be playful and his collages feature the toys of his youth—marbles stuck in wood and canvas with bright splashes of oil paint and textured molding paste.
And yet some of the paintings hint of this “Anonymous” theme with images of headless angels.
Haunting is “Falling Man”— an oil-on-canvas work that shows a figure falling into an abyss with dizzy swirls of paint in bright red and blue.
“There’s nothing mysterious about my work… it’s all about immediacy and there’s nothing mysterious about that,” said Modesto. “Today it’s all about clicking on buttons and instant gratification.”
Modesto, who took up fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas, has exhibited at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England; Contemporary Asian Art, Fukuoka Museum, Japan; Kunsan International Modern Art Exhibition, Republic of Korea; VII Biennale International del Arte de Valparaiso in Chile; Seoul Arts Exhibition 1986 for the Seoul Asian Games, Korea; Exposicion International de Dibujos en Brusque in Brazil; Rassenga Internationale di Arte Postale in Turin, Italy; and Third Asian Art Show at Fukuoka Museum. He has also exhibited in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he lived for two decades.
West Gallery is at 48 West Ave., QC; tel. +632-4110336; telefax +632-8339815; e-mail [email protected] Visit www.westgallery.org.