A pil­grim’s path Roberto Cha­bet tack­les the labyrinth theme in his re­cent Fi­nale Art File show

Roberto Cha­bet tack­les the labyrinth theme in his re­cent Fi­nale Art File show

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One can only won­der if cel­e­brat­ing his 50th year in art three years ago had any­thing to do with the labyrinth he cre­ated for his re­cent show at the Fi­nale Art File, but this much is cer­tain about Roberto Cha­bet (above). The Fa­ther of Philip­pine Con­cep­tual Art and a men­tor to many con­tem­po­rary artists, Cha­bet has been de­scribed as “anti-mu­seum,” churn­ing out works that are nei­ther col­lectible nor per­ma­nent, as art to him, wrote artist An Xiao in her blog Hyper­al­ler­gic, is for the moment; af­ter, it be­comes me­mory.

Com­posed of a hol­low block labyrinth em­bed­ded with shards of glass, a red ny­lon cord de­scend­ing from the ceil­ing into a pool of red tan­gles, and a set of red flu­o­res­cent ar­rows point­ing to all di­rec­tions, Cha­bet’s labyrinth sug­gests a wind­ing jour­ney—his own, per­haps? The road—and his loyal fol­low­ers— await.

Labyrinth’ by Roberto Cha­bet, 2013

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