Mon­ica & Michelle: No tem­po­rary artists

The Philippine Star - - ALLURE - BABE RO­MUALDEZ Pho­tos by RA­MON JOSEPH J. RUIZ

Tak­ing their lead from the ‘80s new wave/post­punk band Romeo Void’s Top 40 sin­gle A Girl in Trou­ble (Is a Tem­po­rary Thing), artists Mon­ica Del­gado and Michelle Pérez mounted an ex­hibit dubbed Paint­ing in Trou­ble (Is a Tem­po­rary Thing).

Staged at Fi­nale Art File in Makati City and run­ning un­til July 29, the first-time joint ex­hibit by these two artists show­cases their tal­ent through a se­ries of ob­jects “mainly pro­duced us­ing poured and lay­ered acrylic paint: vividly col­ored and vis­cous forms shaped through both con­trol­ling the medium and let­ting it flow.” Mon­ica — who is the daugh­ter of my good friends

Mayie Del­gado and Suzie Lau­rel — earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Fine Arts ma­jor in Paint­ing from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines in Dil­i­man

(cum laude) and com­pleted two res­i­den­cies from the School of Vis­ual Arts in New York City. She has also done solo and group shows in Manila, Sin­ga­pore, New York and Hous­ton. In this ex­hibit, Mon­ica uti­lizes acrylic paint as a medium and in a man­ner that re­flects her in­ter­est in “ex­plor­ing the phys­i­cal­ity and ma­te­ri­al­ity of paint” to cre­ate three­d­i­men­sional ob­jects.

Michelle, who is de­scribed as one of the few Filipino artists who en­gage in non-fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings, fea­tures her work “cre­ated in the course of a year through the phys­i­cal pro­cesses of flow­ing and pour­ing.” In her Post-It and Paint Drop se­ries, she used col­laged drops of dried paint merged on dif­fer­ent for­mats.

Look­ing at their work and the medium as well as the process by which the paint­ings were cre­ated, one is con­vinced that both Mon­ica and Michelle suc­cess­fully dis­play how it is pos­si­ble to “paint” with­out the tools of paint­ing, and that “within the prac­tice of con­tem­po­rary art, paint­ing may not be in trou­ble af­ter all.”

Jose Mari Cortes, Ber­nadette de Leon and Marivic Cortes.

Michelle Perez’s Ten Mil­lion, 2017

Mon­ica Del­gado and Michelle Perez.

Mon­ica Del­gado’s I used to hate draw­ing, 2017

(From left) Mon­ica Del­gado, Suzie Lau­rel-Del­gado, Mayie Del­gado and Eli Muis.

Lisa Lorenzo Uy and Bob­bit Sun­tay.

Robert Lilles and Michelle Perez.

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