INTERES (International Residency) 2014

HOM Studio
9 Jan - 7 Feb 2014

Born: October 12, 1983
(Negros Occidental, Philippines)

Paul TristramEstevanezMiravalles (second of four children) hails from the Visayas Region of the Philippines. Until his formal study in painting (La Consolacion College-Bacolod;Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Painting; 2006-2008), the artist was entirely self-taught.

Locally known as “Uzi,”Tristramis a home-grown talent of Bacolod City-The City of Smiles.However, the artist took on an entirely different route. In return, he offers one of the most tragic, haunting and provocative pieces amongst a rich myriad of Visayan artists; deviating from the often-pleasant imagery associated with their locality.

Tristram dissects his lifewith the death surrounding him.He mutilates himself through introspection so that he can, bit by bit, offer his stories as raw as can be, one canvas at a time. His tortured, mutated characters are often alone in grey-toned violently-muted textures. The artist’s aesthetic alleviation is sourced from the slopes, curves and descent of his days. Assume, if I may, that it is tragedy and disdain that prods him to paint and recount thoughts into artistic articulation and that it is in the absence of peaceful meanderings whereTristram ultimatelysets his brushes afire.

In 2011, he held his first solo exhibition entitled “Mentalshock of Tristram” in Gallery Orange, Bacolod Citywhich was an aftermath of his days behind bars against false accusations. The artist battled through his ten-day calvary as the scars of society were unraveling right before him. This was followed by his recent solo exhibition in Blanc Gallery, Quezon City last July, 2013 entitled “Shallow Grave” which discoursed the constant feeling of non-living amidst all existential proof.

TristramMiravalles was artist-in-residence of Project Space Pilipinas (PSP) in Mandaluyong City, Philippines in 2011 and Southeast Asia Artist Group Exchange Residency Program III (SAGER 3) in Jogjakarta, Indonesia last June, 2013.

Hanged Man / 2011 / Oil on Canvas / 122 x 184 cm
 Santo Ninyo Dreams / 2013 / Oil on Canvas / 122 x 152.5 cm
Da Communion / 2011 / Oil on canvas / 183 x 213.5 cm

Frelan Laurel Gonzaga
Born: January 11, 1981
(Negros Occidental, Philippines)

Frelan Laurel Gonzaga is a well-rounded Visayan artist based in Negros Occidental, Philippines. His educational background in Marketing (University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, Bacolod City, 1998-2005) and his musicalinclination made him artistically prolific.

Although he started a bit late in the visual art scene Frelan is anything but non-progressive. On the contrary, he has shown an impressive development within a short period of time; considering that he has remained focused on his music while supporting his family as well.

In 2011 he became a member of the Art Association of Bacolod (AAB) which paved way for his works to be made more visible to the local art audience. After actively joining more than twenty group exhibitions in the Philippines since 2008, he impressively came up with his first solo exhibition entitled-“Tindak”last June, 2013 in Gallery Orange, Bacolod City.

In “Tindak” (to kick, or to pedal) Frelan depicted his deep fascination with the humble workers of his hometown, particularly to pedicab drivers (a pedicab is a three-wheel transportation driven by the act of pedaling) or street vendors who are required to sell whole-day by pedaling through market areas.For my first one-man exhibition, I tried to merge my impression of them and insights into their own personal tales. My works are not a judgment of them, but it is a retelling of a part of their lives, as what I learned and I observed on the streets of San Carlos City. I felt that a balance had to be created between the reality of a back-breaking existence, and the joy that can still rise up from a life spent in poverty. My use of bright vivid colors is an attempt to create that balance of happiness and sorrow,” states the artist.

If anything, this queer sense of relativity one has with Frelan’s outlook is, perhaps, because of his natural   sensitivity to people and their stories of struggle. The air of familiarity might be rooted to the innate good of human nature which now’a’days seems to grow bleaker and bleaker. The artist looks into the different personas of people especially in the low-income economic areas of his region and flatters them with images of hope; an almost heroic and noble aura about them in the paintings.

Frelan is one of the artists in residence lined up in Project Space Pilipinas, Lucban, Philippines for 2014 and will soon put up a solo exhibition in Manila.

tindak (kick or to pedal) / 2013 / Oil on canvas / 62 x 107cm
'ulan pero kaya ra (hopeful amidst the rain) / 2013 / Oil on canvas / 91.5 x 122cm
sang una kontra karon (past vs. now) / 2013 /  Oil on canvas /  62 x 122cm