CHECK IT OUT: Gerardo Tan’s Doing Time at Mo Space Gallery, Bonifacio Global City

An engaging exhibit by Gerardo Tan, running from May 17 to June 15, 2014

 

(SPOT.ph) There's a beach ball obeying the laws of physics-trapped in circular motion by a fan wedged in assorted types of chips, all crammed in a red wheelbarrow with the name Sherlock printed on one side. It serves as the foreground to a wall where numerous items with varying degrees of banality are pinned. The objects on display are catalogued-photographed in ziplock bags as evidence of a life lived, well or otherwise.

 

On the opposite side of the room, a brief anecdote is trapped behind glass. It tells of a man who is absolutely smitten by the works of a famous artist...until he sees the paintings in a museum and finds that the artwork looks better in pictures.

 

"Code" by Gerardo Tan

 

The lack of clutter between the two walls allows for Gerardo Tan's questions to resound-"What is a painting? What is an object? What is real, what is not? What is the relation of the viewer to the art object? When does it begin and end?"

 

The anecdote goes on to say that very few people make the habit of actually seeing art-not in pictures, but in museums or wherever you may find it. Caged in paragraphs, Tan's collection of found objects locked in a grid seem rather uninteresting, but in its presence, one can't help but recall memories as the eye travels from one item to another.

 

"Painting with Content" by Gerardo Tan

 

Tan's latest exhibit encourages people to have a more personal, physical connection with art. Much like stories found in pages, paintings and sculptures contain narratives that demand to be experienced firsthand.

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Doing Time: New Work and Some Reconstructions runs until June 15 at Mo Space Gallery, B2, Bonifacio High Street (3/F Mo's Design Studio, beside Krispy Kreme).

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