Rise Reap Reinvent

Aunzo's solo exhibit features well-executed works
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Antipolo born-and-raised artist Neptalie Aunzo successfully unfolded his first one-man show at the Art Circle Gallery in Shangri-La Mall over the weekend. The leap year event, simply dubbed "Rise Reap Reinvent," gathered a sizable crowd, including artist/thespian Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa and renowned master watercolorist Rafael 'Popoy' Cusi.

For the exhibit, Aunzo brings to the fore a collection of varied works from his Pedrong Masipag and Mariang Marikit series that, while displaying figurative forms, are culled with cubist strokes.

Cubism, as a revolutionary method of making a pictorial image, was invented by Pablo Picasso and George Braque during the first decade of the twentieth century. Although it may sometimes appear geometrical or, to some extent, abstract, cubist art do in fact depict real objects.

The figures are flattened onto the canvas so that different sides of each shape can be simultaneously shown from various angles; instead of creating the illusion of an object in space, as most artists have endeavored to do for the longest time.

Cubist art defines objects in the two-dimensional terms of the canvas. This innovation gave rise to an extraordinary reassessment of the interaction between form and space.

Aunzo's "Bayanihan," a 4' x 8' obra takes centerstage among his paintings on display. Heightened by the play of light and shadow, it shows barong-clad men transporting a dwelling on their shoulders in the gathering twilight. The interesting play of colors and controlled strokes easily makes this piece a favorite.

"Art Circle Galleries, sixteen of them all over the metro, are for promising artists, like Aunzo, to give them a name and niche in the art market. We cater to both art collectors and enthusiasts as we offer traditional paintings as well as modern pieces; the latter category we now call the 'mainstream' because these are works that clients mostly relate to. Our exhibits usually run from a week to a fortnight," enthused gallery manager Ryan Alcantara at the close of the exhibit's opening program.

Rise Reap Reinvent is up for public viewing during mall hours until March 9th at the Art Venue Gallery within the swanky confines of Art Circle in Shang Mall's Art Plaza section. Art collectors and enthusiasts may also visit other Art Circle galleries in Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, BGC Uptown, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 4, Robinsons Magnolia, Festival Mall, and Robinsons Place Manila.


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