I’ve got all Saturdays of April fully booked with artsy activities beginning this April 14. After having been moved twice, I’m finally unveiling my latest series of paintings at Tattoo My Colors, my two-man show with Raul “Ponj” Roco Jr. at Fashion Art Gallery (F*Art). I and Ponj will be mounting 7 works each, with his series comprising of whimsical and textured abstract paintings complementing my tattooed gypsies, empresses, and courtesans set on surreal backdrops.
The opening reception starts at 7PM and promises to not just be a feast for the eyes. There will be spoken word performances and acoustic sets to celebrate the exhibit launch, while cocktails will be served by Dokissaten Maid & Butler Cafe as you lounge around the gallery.
To say that Katrina Pallon and Raul “Ponj” Roco Jr.’s upcoming exhibit in F*Art Gallery entitled “Tattoo My Colors” is merely an exploration of colors would be an understatement.
While thematically, the works by the two artists might, as one can immediately glean from the title, be about colors, Pallon and Roco’s styles reveal their differing perspectives when it comes to chromatic expressions. One notices how the former’s tempered approach contrasts with the latter’s more liberal hue preferences.
This is not to say that the color limitations imposed by Pallon on herself diminish her ability as an artist—the maximalist in her focuses on the details instead. Her penchant for grim, dreamlike scenarios serve as the perfect backgrounds for her haughty, beguiling female characters—creating phantasmagorical pieces which are as haunting as they are enchanting.
Roco’s artworks, meanwhile, are more about vivid, surreal landscapes which are rife with abstract forms and shapes. His sceneries are explosions of colors, with arboreal outgrowths incorporated in each painting depicting the pervasive nature of life. The burst of hues combined with the organic appendages can perhaps be explained by Roco’s artistic vision: “My roots are colors and my branches are words, which made me the tree that I am today.”
The first collaboration between the two artists, “Tattoo My Colors” enjoins its viewers to explore art from both ends of the spectrum.
On April 21, I and Ponj will be facilitating art talks from 6PM to 8PM. Don’t worry, the talks will be for free. Expect it to be an intimate gathering wherein we’ll be talking about stories and inspirations behind our works. It’s going to be a chit-chat with us, exhibiting artists, sort of thing. I’ll post specific topics early next week so do watch out for that. And to wrap up the exhibit on April 28, there will be a live art drawing session featuring Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Manila you just can’t miss.
With that said, I’ll leave you with the exhibit invite and instructions on how to get to F*Art Gallery. See you at the opening on Saturday! You may RSVP at the exhibit’s Facebook event page.
HOW TO GET TO F*ART: Take EDSA southbound lane. Turn right at Kamuning; it's the corner next to GMA. Landmarks are a Mercury Drugstore and Chow King. Go straight, then turn left at J. Erestian. It's the third corner to your left, there should be an upholstery shop at the street corner. F*Art is a colorful building so you won't miss it.