Ten Thousand Things That Breathe: Two decades of drawings by Renato Orara

The ballpoint series started in 1989.


(SPOT.ph) Over the last 25 years, New York-based Filipino artist Renato Orara has been focusing on an ongoing series called Ten Thousand Things That Breathe. The first of the series was brought to the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1996. So far, the drawings have been around Asia, Europe, and the United States. Some have also been included in collections at The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Singapore Art Museum.


Orara’s growing body of work encompasses his normative life at home or beyond using layers of ballpoint pen ink on paper. The technical mastery is very evident in his works, but what stands out is his commitment and the strong manifestation of mildness, humor, and honesty in the inanimate objects he creates through a thoughtful spectrum.


Untitled, 1996 (from the ongoing series Ten Thousand Things That Breathe) 




Untitled, 08/2012 (from the ongoing series Ten Thousand Things That Breathe) 



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Untitled, 06/2014 (from the ongoing series Ten Thousand Things That Breathe)


The exhibition will also feature eight works from his series Library Bookworks, which includes books with the artist’s “intervention,” using ballpoint pen drawings of human ears.


The exhibit runs until October 24 at the Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City (info@silverlensgalleries.com or 816-0044). For more information, log on to Silverlens’ website.

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