Secret Fresh Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Manok Ventura where he takes a new trajectory in his exploration of unintentional abstractions. From accidents and errors to natural processes of wear and tear in surfaces, he shifts his fascination this time to digital technology and looks into states of partial visibility of images as they get circulated across social media and the cyberworld. Consisting mostly of portraits, some of which are iconic ones and are hence marked with ubiquitous presence in the Internet traffic, the works draw inspiration from the dilution of sharpness and lowered resolution that occurs in images as lags in speed intervene during their transmission. These blurs and pixelations manifested while images are still loading in turn create an intriguing display of semi-abstracted forms that partially conceal and render visual information slightly unintelligible. While informed by processes born in the digital age, such visualization still resonates with earlier technologies, art history, and other common experiences that trick human vision—from translucent and textured glasses to camera lenses and the whims of the Impressionist movement. These visual abstractions are refocused—not in the sense of sharpening their clarity—but in terms of redirecting them to the canvas and enhancing them by a painter’s meticulous brushstrokes.
Roldan “Manok” Ventura studied Fine Arts at the University of the East, and has been consistently mounting solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. He bagged the Grand Prize at the 3rd Nokia Arts Competition in 2001, and placed second at the 20th Metrobank YPA National Painting Competition in 2003. His paintings take interest in visual formations resulting from processes of deterioration and decay among ordinary objects, sites, and surfaces in the urban setting, recording their natural cycles while breathing to them a new life. The exhibition opens on August 19 at Secret Fresh Gallery
Don Djerassi Dalmacio
A.lien, Bart Brothers, & Soika Vomiter
Christian Yu (aka Sneakerdoodles)