Illumination and Transition

My third solo painting exhibit opens next Monday, 12th of August, 6PM at the LRI Art Pavilion. I must say I am excited to finally mount my latest series of paintings after getting moved for a couple of months. What to expect? Florals, birds, intricate patterns, Vietnamese ladies and a couple of Japanese and Manchu women in elaborate garments, and lanterns. You may RSVP at the Facebook event page. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served by the maids and butlers of Dokissaten. I hope to see you there. illuminata

No mysterious air surrounds her, and perhaps that is what which lends most to her mystique. She comes, she goes. She embarks on her travels, a few days here, a month or two there. This wisp of a child-woman has engaged on a discovery of her Asian roots, traipsing through the nooks and crannies of Thailand and Hong Kong, to the less travelled routes of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, before yielding to the irresistible pull of India and Nepal.

Each homecoming is followed by an outpouring of veiled thoughts and emotions on canvas using oils and acrylic. Inspired by German symbologist Gustav Klimt and the dynamic renditions of Frida Kahlo, Mexico’s painter of renown, Katrina or Kat has embarked on a very similar vein of artistry – colors, symbols, portraits of enigmatic women. A case in point is “Ceasing to Bleed,” showing a woman in Vietnamese attire surrounded by a halo of flowers and brilliant colors, her arm outstretched, sporting a long, savage gash but blood no longer streaming from it. It was done after a deep, personal loss.

Katrina is prolific, rendering both commissioned and gallery artworks with prodigious output, and which find their way to buyers and collectors soon enough. A Magna cum Laude graduate of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Katrina Pallon promises to conquer both frontiers of classroom and gallery. Collectors have began to take notice of her obras, as she has just began her own artistic journeys of discovery littered with symbols.

A very intimate picture emerges of her art as described by a friend and critic:
“After her last solo exhibit, Resurgence, artist Katrina Pallon has become the ferryman transporting her captive audience across the underworld river: in her upcoming exhibit, Illuminata, Pallon now takes us through a grim, mystical nether-region of lanterns, cranes, skulls, and roses. As a reflection of her current emotional status, her works reveal a transitory state, a tunnel that leads to the light: it is the ending night with the break of dawn visible from afar; that quickly fleeting, terribly beautiful moment when you hold your breath in anticipation.

Executed in the artist’s trademark maximalist style, ‘Illuminata’ mythologizes both Pallon’s recent travels across Southeast Asia. Whence before Pallon’s women had been in a state of mourning, the characters in her current exhibit are now in transition–wading out of their entanglement, rising from the emptiness slowly beginning to dissipate.”

“Illuminata” series of paintings will be exhibited at LRI Art Pavilion, 210 Nicanor Garcia St., Bel Air II, Makati City. There will be 12 pieces 4 ft x 4 ft, 3ft x 4ft, and 2ft x 3ft paintings, curated by Mandy Navasero. Open to the public August 12 to 20, 2013, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. For inquiries, call 8963208 or 09155430482.

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Tattoo My Colors’ Opening Reception

The opening reception of Tattoo My Colors last April 14 was a huge success! We couldn’t be happier with the event’s turn out. At 6PM, an hour early before the opening time written on the invite, guests started to trickle in. And before we knew it, the gallery was filled with people. The program flowed smoothly and everyone had their fill of food and alcohol, thanks to the wonderful maids and butlers of Dokissaten.

F*Art is at 24 J-Erestian corner K-1st, Kamuning, Quezon City.

Before proceeding to the photos from the exhibit launch, I’d like to make a quick update regarding the activities scheduled in conjunction with “Tattoo My Colors.” I and Raul “Ponj” Roco Jr. will be facilitating art talks this coming Saturday, 21 April 2012, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The talks will be free of charge and will be held at Fashion Art Gallery (F*Art).

At 6:00 PM, I will be presenting the stories behind my latest series of paintings of tattooed empresses, gypsies, sirens, and courtesans; my inspirations and influences behind my works. At 7:00 PM, Ponj Roco will be talking about interpretations of paintings and color, and the different meanings of color in various countries.

While the art talks are open to the public, we recommend that you RSVP for seat availability. You may do that by dropping us a line at the Facebook event page, or emailing either katrinapallon@yahoo.com or raulmrocojr@hotmail.com.

Now, on with selected photos from that night! Credits for these shots go to Meryl Bernardo, Mariel Icban-Cruz, Ayn Tolentino, Ponj Roco, and Viva Andrada  of F*Art. I’ll let the photos do the talking.

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Artsy April: Tattoo My Colors

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.