melissa la o’ de­buts at sin­ga­pore’s art stage 2018

The Philippine Star - - LIFESTYLE -

Af­ter suc­cess­ful shows in Tokyo, Mu­nich and Taipei in 2017, Melissa la O’ (melissalaos­tu­ will mount her first solo show, “Eden,” at the 8th an­nual Art Stage Sin­ga­pore, one of Asia’s lead­ing con­tem­po­rary art fairs, from Jan. 26 to 28, 2018 at the Ma­rina Bay Sands, Sin­ga­pore.

La O’, 43, had her first show at the Ay­ala Mu­seum at 18 and again at 21, be­fore study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture at Columbia Univer­sity in New York and the South­ern Cal­i­for­nia In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tec­ture in Los Angeles. Af­ter prac­tic­ing ar­chi­tec­ture in the US for many years, la O’ re­turned to the vis­ual arts in 2007.

She has since shown at Jar­muschek + Part­ner in Ber­lin, Pon Ding Space in Taipei, Fi­nale Art File and Sal­cedo Auc­tions in Manila, ARGE Müller Well­ner in Mu­nich, and Clear Edi­tion Gallery in Tokyo, among oth­ers. In 2013, she also or­ga­nized the pop-up ex­hibit, “A Cu­ri­ous Limbo,” with in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist Manuel Ocampo.

Thir­teen of her ab­stract works are cur­rently on dis­play at the Sil­verKris Lounge of Sin­ga­pore Air­lines in Ter­mi­nal 3 of Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port (NAIA). The ex­hibit is cu­rated by Sal­cedo Auc­tions and will run at the lounge un­til May 2018.

For her Art Stage Sin­ga­pore de­but “Eden,” where she will be rep­re­sented by top Ja­panese cu­ra­tor Yoichi Naka­muta and his gallery Clear Edi­tion, la O’ will ex­plore the idea of a trop­i­cal par­adise through large-scale oil paint­ings of land­scapes, fo­liage and flowers.

“Pieces of na­ture, such as pass­ing sun­light, mist and falling leaves are smashed, stretched out and re­dis­tributed into a fixed space,” says la O’. “Through my work, I search for the in­her­ent ar­chi­tec­ture in na­ture and its ef­fects on the built world.”

For in­quiries, visit www.melissalaos­tu­ and @melissala.o (In­sta­gram).

Melissa Echauz la O’ in front of her paint­ing, “Big Trop­ics Yel­low”

“Brave Flowers” by Melissa la O’

“Brave Blue Flowers”

“Pink Trop­ics”

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