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
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