(SPOT.ph) No matter how much we avoid it, conflict—which is often made even more complicated by deceit—is a huge part of being human. What’s a story, after all, if not without conflict? Contemporary visual artist Anton del Castillo tells and retells narratives of struggle and deception in his one-man show Art of War at The Provenance Gallery at Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City. It runs until January 5, 2020.
“Each of us has a story to tell, something that is not seen without digging deeper into someone’s mind or being,” he shares in an interview with SPOT.ph. Gas masks are rampant in his works—reflecting how we try so hard to shield ourselves from toxicity; but at the same time, how masks make all of us look identical. It shows our interconnectedness through our vulnerabilities. Del Castillo’s resin sculptures and oil paintings are also mounted in intricate frames with gold leaf details, showing the complexity that goes into deception.
This human flaw is seen in relationships as in the series titled “A Brother’s Fight,” which features two resin sculptures locked in a skirmish but with faces hidden behind masks. As exhibition curator Ricky Francisco mentions, "in his new works, we are exposed to all manner of stealth and trickery—some are subtle and hint only of an intent, while others are blatant and overtly violent."
Art of War sheds light on the darkness brought by pretenses—that people would go the extra mile, wearing masks aptly fit to hide their true intentions along with bedazzling clothing to participate in such warfare. The works serve as well-lit mirrors driving us to a state of contemplation: a deep understanding of ourselves and the things around us. And behind one’s susceptibility is the ability to make this a springboard for the next move, whether to counter that warfare or participate in it—or even something else entirely. One’s driving force for this stems from critical self-awareness and the total willingness to understand others, according to Del Castillo.
Art of War runs until January 5, 2020 at Provenance Art Gallery, 2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, follow Provenance Art Gallery on Facebook.