Abstraction is not just a question of form but an experimentation of medium.
In many instances, the medium defines the form, giving depth and texture to what would ordinarily be a flat surface. The resulting output is a refined juxtaposition of technique, composition and temperament.
We consider thus the practice of Michael Toms Semana, known as Mischa (b. 1975).
Mischa uses an innovative technique for his abstraction that utilizes resin backings for his acrylic paintings.
His latest exhibition at the Megamall Art Center, titled “Flight,” allows audiences to examine his abstract expression works that seem to defy the norms of abstraction.
Mischa, who hails from Batangas province, is a strong fixture on the Philippine art scene. A two-time semifinalist at the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards, he has also exhibited with fellow abstractionist Sam Penaso at Kaida Gallery in Quezon City.
This exhibition marks a new direction for the artist as he charts a distinct path on the art scene. Inspiring voyages tempered by introspection, Mischa brings new meaning to abstraction.—CONTRIBUTED
Mischa’s “Flight” opens on May 25, at the SM Megamall Art Center 4/F, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, with the Artist’s Reception slated on May 30, 6 p.m. The exhibition is organized and hosted by Galerie Joaquin and runs until June 5. Call 7239418.