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Ron­son Culib­rina at Se­cret Fresh

- Arts · Iceland · San Juan

Ron­son Culib­rina’s thought­ful re­flec­tion on rad­i­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal trans­for­ma­tions opens an­other it­er­a­tion in a solo show open­ing on Oct. 20 at Se­cret Fresh Gallery.

Ex­tend­ing a theme from ear­lier se­ries in­spired by his home­town in Talim Is­land and the shores of La­guna de Bay, he pro­ceeds with a new set of works that pic­ture the cur­rent ecol­ogy of a lake­side com­mu­nity. The pieces em­pha­size the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of a vi­brant aquatic life, the threat of the ex­cesses of in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, and their so­cial im­pact on the life­style of in­hab­i­tants. Bor­row­ing from the song of a pop­u­lar Pi­noy band, the ex­hi­bi­tion is ti­tled “Mase­lang Ba­haghari,” which in ref­er­ence to the works de­scribes the col­or­ful fields pro­duced by the plas­tic bags and other plas­tic ma­te­ri­als dumped and float­ing in the wa­ters. These toxic ma­te­ri­als, to­gether with boats, aquatic plants, and the fish­er­folks de­picted in the paint­ings, be­come eye-catch­ing clus­ter of forms seem­ingly in­trud­ing upon the neu­tral and al­most clear back­ground of the wa­ters.

This show is cu­rated by Ruel Caasi, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Se­cret Fresh Gallery X The Work­ing An­i­mals Art­pro­jects.

Se­cret Fresh Gallery is at Ronac Art Cen­ter, Or­ti­gas Av­enue, San Juan City.

 ?? by Ron­son Culib­rina ?? “Mase­lang Ba­haghari”
by Ron­son Culib­rina “Mase­lang Ba­haghari”

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