‘Quattro’s’ formidable four
Female artists Eileen Bondoc-Escueta, Irma Lara, Minda Ventanilla, and Jo Uygongco hold group exhibit at ArtistSpace
UNDENIABLY the arts and music have found a cohesive and convivial character in the number four. Witness alone the yearly sequential and Melancholic ( loves tradition, change of seasons: winter, does not seek novelty spring, summer, autumn or or adventure). fall that inspired classical music Most individuals, however, genius Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four have mixed temperaments, so Seasons.” And who better to the untrained enthusiasts cannot render this music but a string judge solely by appearance. quartet composed of two violinists, And yet — interestingly a cellist and a viola player? — Quattro, the latest group
And then there are the exhibition at ArtistSpace, can Four Temperaments, which are dimensions of human behavior. To wit: Sanguine of the artworks by the four ( lively, optimistic, buoyant); participating artists namely, Phlegmatic ( people person, Eileen Bondoc-Escueta, Irma loyal spouse); Choleric ( goaloriented, Lara, Minda Ventanilla, and Jo analytical, logical), Uygongco.
Indeed, it is a line from their Artist Statement, which triggered this provocative analysis: “The time has come for this band of different personalities to showcase their newfound passion.”
By virtue of having launched the Artists Studio based in Fullybooked in Greenbelt Mall, Bondoc-Escueta has perforce become the group’s rallying and backgrounds of the impressive number of students, beginners as well as veterans, who have attended Eileen’s painting workshops sh attest to the redemptive p power of art.
Bankers, corporate executives, ti marketing specialists, b business entrepreneurs, lawyers, y architects, and designers h have all heeded the clarion call o of “art.” It was Bondoc-Escueta w who had conceived Quattro as a an all-women quartet of artists b brought together “by fate or accident” ci into one happy blend of h harmonious artmaking.
And now, bearing in mind, th that artists too have mixed te temperaments, perhaps part se serene and part assertive, part in intuitive and part analytic. T The audience will see how their works evoke the subtle strains of their individual sensibilities, and in what ways their works may unconsciously intersect and connect.
For Bondoc-Escueta, watercolor has ever been the medium of favor and choice. Conducive is the gentle handling of her brushstroke which coaxes to come to light her images of de the sheer delicacy of pigments thinning into shadows. A foliage of jasmine blossoms seems to twinkle from the undergrowth; a burnished cluster of coconuts is imperiously perched atop an unreachable tree.
Lara shares Bondoc-Escueta’s fascination with the sensuously gliding koi. She favors, however a more expressionist handling of the brush, where the physicality of the pigments are manifest, almost as if she were animating the forms into life. An element of fantasy graces her works, notably where a woman’s comely face is made more alive in the presence of orchid blooms.
Indeed, a sunset too is an inevitable presence in the works of Ventanilla. This time, however, - ing fervor, as if her skies were on in searing red, applied in impastos that set the work in tension - ers. Yet, Ventanilla can surprise with w a soft-focus, almost mistily ily evanescent hibiscus bloom, where wh the passionate reds recede into in the shyest shades of pinks.
distinctly di representational, Jo Uygongco U opts for a more abstract st rendition of her works. Her H lone orchid seems like a brief br foray but still it is a marvel of marbling effects. Most of her works w partake of this marbling technique, te allowing the slowly coagulating co pigments to merge into in the most lava-like blending - ing, i meandering, as if seeking stops fairly short of dominating the space.
Hence, Quattro is a performance and a projection of four women’s passion for art, which no matter how late the calling, is more than just an act of making up for lost time, engendering regret and guilt.
Did they discover art, or is it the other way around? Like the four seasons and the four temperaments, these four women artists have had the good fortune of an time and place for the maturation of their selves and spirits.
Quattro will be on view at the ArtistSpace from until October 17. ArtistSpace is located at the Ayala Museum Annex, Ground Level, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City.
Eileen Escueta's 'Joy Luck Club' ' Lotus of my Heart' ' 'T Tree of Gold'
Irma Lara's ' Dapit Hapon sa Nasugbu'
Joy Uygongco's ' Convergence'
' Romantic Mood'
' Perfect Harmony'
Minda's Ventanilla's ' Twin Peaks' 'T ' The Gift'