The Philippine Star
Imam Santos o’ s‘ Whispering Symphony’ at Galerie Stephanie
Imam Santoso — a 32-year-old Indonesian pop surrealist artist who got his fine art degree from the Indonesian Art Institute in Yogyakarta — mounts “Whispering Symphony” at Galerie Stephanie.
Santoso’s 12 acrylic on canvas paintings are accentuated by heavy, dark lines reminiscent of the strong Indonesian woodcut tradition. Its visual appeal has, in recent years, been adapted into painting.
All of the works feature a solitary figure, whose face we never see, situated in a vast landscape bordered by hills, mountains, and sometimes, lakes. The persistent motifs of domesticity and home hint to us that these paintings are of the inner landscape of Santoso’s being; where life is rendered in its daily complexities and struggles, symbolized by the patterns and adornments which fill the pictorial plane; but which are rendered harmonious to the overall picture of the landscape.
“Whispering Symphony” will be on view from July 6 to 20 at Galerie Stephanie, 4/F East Wing of Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. For inquiries, call 940-5726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.