Opening Reception: May 3, 2016, 6PM
Exhibition Duration: May 3 - 16, 2016
Disfigure. The word refers to the act of bringing damage to form, quality, or appearance. It can mean spoiling a perfect picture, impairing an excellent state, or defacing a smooth surface. It conjures up images of breaking, twisting, or distorting, all that which renders things unappealing or unattractive. Disfigure and its cognates imply a shift to a less pleasing or desirable condition, a transformation towards the worse.
Johanna Helmuth appropriates this word as the overarching theme of her new works in an exhibition that explores how the self, social life, and relationships are marred by factors that taint their ideal functioning or in some instances, cause them to be dysfunctional. The works speak of common human experiences and troubling social realities that are often relegated to the realm of the norm and simply dismissed with an attitude of nonchalance.
Executed in her characteristic muted palette and highly textured surfaces, the paintings show haunting figures of dominance and subordination, apathy, suffering, contempt and distrust, weakening of the family and other social bonds, and the self-succumbing to the pressures of living up to social standards.
The show is curated by Ruel Caasi.
Presented by Art Verité Gallery, in cooperation with The Working Animals Art Projects (TWA).
About the Artist
An advertising graduate of the Technological University of the Philippines, Johanna Helmuth’s works are replete with narratives from her personal experiences and the ones related to her by other people.
She is interested in exploring human tendencies and behavior and the toll that society takes on individual character.
This is her first solo exhibition.
ADMISSION IS FREE.
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