• DateDecember 1, 2017

December 3 – 10, 2017
Art Circle Gallery Exhibit Hall
Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong

Colored Capiz Window bu Cris Vleasco 24 x 18 in; Assemblage
Historical Detail
The aged wood, the well-worn bricks, the hewn stone – these are the silent witnesses of history, and Cris Velasco is its historian. Inspired by his hometown’s quiet monuments of rural architecture, his works reflect mastery steeped in history and ancestry. Each detail he builds them brick by brick: in those intricate adobes, in blocks of sculptured wood – in honor of the talented masons and craftsmen who have built the foundations of their storied past. There is a certain timelessness in his historical vistas of Hispanic Bulaceña. Velasco’s paintings are beautiful expressions of liminal spaces: doorways, archways, and windows that evoke transition, that exist in neither ‘then’ or ‘now’. These thresholds serve as an extension of the milieu and the sense of place in a room, almost as if there was another passageway in the wall through his paintings. Perhaps there are secrets and whispers behind those doors that are best left to the viewer to discover for himself.
Love in the Details
To look at Leo Robles’ mother and child series is to gaze at the artistic equivalent of a labor of love – painstaking, rich in detail, and whole. Each point serves to complete the composition, and the laborious and unscrupulous effort makes it even moreso. Robles’ use of pointillism is deliberate in proving a point. Despite having no formal background in art, he makes up for it through the sheer dedication to the
practice, which he does so, point by point, quite literally. More than an ambitious undertaking, Robles only hopes to match the unbreakable bond, love, and care a mother has for her child.
Mag-Ina by Leo Robles; 30 x 24 in; Acrylic on Canvas