IN THEATER parlance, the mise-en-scène is the visual aesthetic of a production—the look of a play.
This concept drives the joint exhibit of Carlo Ongchangco and Francis Nacion at Galerie Francesca in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The formidable pairing of Ongchangco and Nacion is fundamentally similar to mise-en-scène, although both take different aesthetic approaches. Good friends and members of the famed Saturday Group, they interact often and share a narrative approach to their practices.
But they are distinct in aesthetic temperament. Ongchangco’s practice is naif art. He uses aspects of magic realism to convey narratives in “one-shot” paintings, with some of the works being circular to reflect the audience’s status as an observer in the artist’s world.
Ongchangco trained in interior design at the University of Santo Tomas. He has dabbled in a variety of media and is currently the creative director of Red Fish, an art apparel label.
Nacion’s compositions are playful, drawing from folk lore and mythology.
“Mise-en-scène” opens Sept. 8 at Galerie Francesca (3/L, Unit 2B-3B, Treasure Trove, Festival Supermall, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City). Call 6592667 and 5709495. E-mail [email protected] or [email protected] and [email protected] Exhibit runs till Sept 20.