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April 24, 2017 @ 18:30 - 21:00 UTC+8
THE LIVING COLORS OF WATER
In the story of Genesis, the narrative gives a vivid description of how the waters recede to reveal land formations from which every kind of plant, animal and living thing springs forth, before the crowning creation of Man. Science postulates that during the Primordial Nucleosynthesis (Big Bang Theory), at a certain period in time the temperature was just right allowing for the possibility of liquid water from which primitive life may have first appeared in the universe.
1998 Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awardee (MOKA) for Visual Arts Herminigildo Pineda alludes to both in his oil on canvas creation called “DALOY” (FLOW). At the center is Man, highlighted in living flesh tones surrounded by trees from which flows the energy of sustenance. The dark sphere Man holds in his hands half filled (or half empty) with water is home to marine life. His torso shows the outline of a tree (of life) revealing the interdependence of man with nature. The use of spheres in dark somber tones to frame the subject matter points to the universe and the story of creation as branches and clouds form in the upper portion as part of the frame.
Jonathan Madeja who switches from ink on paper to acrylic on canvas presents “SWITCH”. Man represented by a set of hands holds the key to survival in the universe. A huge goldfish swimming in the blue ocean are framed inside a light bulb, anchored by a greenish base that sprouts a leaf. His plea is to open (switch on) one’s mind to honor nature, before all is lost, and tears are shed.
“SEASHELLS ON THE SEASHORE” by Anafe Nemenzo pays homage to the effects of time and the pounding of the waves on seashells. She says each person is like a shell pounded on by the challenges of life and the vicissitudes of time. We need to discover and develop our inner strength in order for us to fulfill our destiny and discover paradise.
Finally, Master Watercolorist of the Philippines Rafael “Popoy” Cusi presents his latest series on Philippine Mangroves. His tribute to the rich biodiversity found in our mangroves empowers us to consider turning this important part of landscapes, riverscapes and seascapes into a Living Museum of nature.
THE LIVING COLORS OF WATER exhibit opens at the German Club in Makati on April 24, 2017 and is available for viewing until May 28, 2017. Pineda, Madeja and Nemenzo are the grand prize winners in a painting competition of the same theme, presented with the five finalists. Esteemed panel of judges included Mr. Rafael Cusi and art patron Mrs. Rica Rentzing.