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The in­flu­en­tial con­tem­po­rary artist Wire Tua­zon cu­rates two shows early this month at Char­lie Co­juangco’s Nova Gallery in Makati. With “Launch,” the former pres­i­dent of the Neo-An­gono Artists Col­lec­tive show­cases the works of his Rizal province­mates, Jie Adamat, Chito Borja, and Jerome Choco. Adamat, the most experienced of this trio, earned her fine arts de­gree at the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas and is af­fil­i­ated with the Parola Artist Col­lec­tive. Known for her paint­ings, wall mu­rals, and set de­signs, her work is based on in­spir­ing sit­u­a­tions that bring life to an otherwise un­dra­matic mid­dle-class ex­is­tence. Borja, from the Univer­sity of Rizal Sys­tem and a mem­ber of the Neo An­gono Artists Col­lec­tive, spe­cial­izes in sculp­ture, paint­ing, and mixed me­dia art. Shaped by ar­chi­tec­tural con­cepts, his as­sem­blage works are highly ex­per­i­men­tal in na­ture, re­sult­ing in pieces that Tua­zon de­scribes as “touch­ingly beau­ti­ful but at the same time painfully at­trac­tive.” Choco, the youngest of the group at 25 years old, is build­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for his photo-based hy­per­re­al­ist works and 3D-art. The ex­treme de­tails in his can­vases may spark sen­sory over­load, part of his de­sire to elicit an emo­tional re­sponse from the viewer. As the cu­ra­tor sug­gests, take the time to con­nect with the works and “ex­plore how and why these im­ages haunt us, like evoca­tive mo­ments in a good film, long after you’ve seen them.” The sec­ond of Tua­zon’s cu­rated ex­hibits, Pasig-based artist Ra­mon “Chi­toy” Za­p­ata’s solo show “Ali­en­na­tion,” re­vis­its re­cur­ring themes in his body of work, ref­er­enc­ing far-left ide­o­log­i­cal con­cepts ver­sus the cap­i­tal­ist mar­ket sys­tem. His new works have an added di­men­sion though, par­o­dy­ing mass me­dia and the Filipino’s ob­ses­sion with West­ern cul­ture. On­go­ing un­til Oc­to­ber 7, Ware­house 12-A, La Fuerza Com­pound, Chino Ro­ces Av­enue; 659.3697; no­va­gallery­

t&c rIZAL’S prIDE clock­wise from top: Front sculp­ture by chito Borja; un­ti­tled, by Jie Adamat; Gran­dioso, by Jerome choco.

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