Monday, December 22, 2014

Pioneering abstractionist Wassily Kandinsky once said that color is a power that influences the soul. Indeed color is used by abstract expressionists to portray the gamut of human emotions. Abstractionists capture feelings through their usage of color, and are thus unimpeded by the deliberated rules of anatomy — making them, in a sense, an almost purer type of artist. Within this realm, we find artist-activist Caress Banson and her abstraction practice, which she uses to benefit a wide range of social issues — urban hunger among them.

At this intersection of social involvement, there is Feeding Metro Manila (or FMM). FMM is a hunger relief charity, and their goal is to be able to support as many meal centers around Metro Manila as they can. Their biggest priority is to feed pre-school and elementary school children who are undernourished. FMM monitors both their physical growth and their academic progress in school.

In the light of this holiday season, Galleria Nicolas partners with Caress Banson for the benefit of FMM, with the hosting of a special exhibition entitled The Color of Life. It will be held at Galleria Nicolas, and features new works by the artist, with which the proceeds of the exhibition will go to fund FMM projects in and around Metro Manila.

Color is the dominant abstracted component of the exhibition, with Caress Banson using geometric patterns and bold swaths of brushwork to convey a lively and dynamic impression. Drawing on the traditions of Bauhaus, Paul Klee, and even abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, Banson imbues her canvases with a sense of buoyancy, springing each abstracted object alive with her fantastic eye for detail.

Her grasp of abstract technique is one reason why we’ve seen Banson’s profile increase in the art community. But it’s her dedication to socio-civic issues that have earned her widespread admiration throughout all sectors of society. Through the sales of pieces from this exhibition, FMM will be able to continue its important charity work and finally put an end to hunger in Metro Manila. For both the art and the good cause, this exhibition is definitely a must-see event.

The exhibition will run from Monday, December 22, 2014 to Monday, January 5, 2015 at Galleria Nicolas, located at the 3/F Art Space in Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. They may be reached through their landline at (632) 625-0273, website at, or email at

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