JUANITO TOR­RES’ ‘KALAYAAN’ AT PODIUM

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - LIFESTYLE -

Filipino artists had used al­le­gory to project themes of in­de­pen­dence amidst his­tor­i­cal scenes—the most known ex­am­ple be­ing Juan Luna’s “Spo­liar­ium.” But by the Mod­ern pe­riod, dif­fer­ent visual tech­niques—such as cu­bism and sur­re­al­ism—were in­ter­wo­ven into the de­pic­tion of his­tory.

This is how we look at the prac­tice of Juanito Tor­res, who has gained a name for him­self by paint­ing events of Philip­pine his­tory in a sur­re­al­ist man­ner.

Tor­res will open his lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion, “Kalayaan (Free­dom),” at the Podium Mall on June 1 in the run up to In­de­pen­dence Day.

A good ex­am­ple is “Gath­er­ing of He­roes,” a large work that fea­tures many fig­ures of the 19th cen­tury Philip­pine In­de­pen­dence Move­ment and the Philip­pine-Amer­i­can War. The paint­ing re­calls Jim Lee’s run at Mar­vel Comic’s “X-Men” ti­tle—par­tic­u­larly the cover of “X-Men” No. 1. Thus, the paint­ing posits that the ef­forts of the he­roes of in­de­pen­dence is akin to comic su­per­heroes. Ex­hibit will run un­til June 6 at the Atrium, Podium Mall, ADB Av­enue, Man­daluy­ong City. Call 6347954.

“Gath­er­ing of He­roes”

“Gen­er­als of the South”

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