Sunday, October 25, 2015

People come and go, in places and from each others’ lives. The act of coming and going is ultimately a daily occurrence and one to experience in Constant Departures.

Jay Torres’ sophomore exhibition feature works depicting rooms with distinguishing features that speak of its owners disposition while other rooms with its own tenant(s). Seeing the works all together brings its viewer to a state of genial quandary similar to that of a guest in a hotel or inn where all its guestroom doors are left open.

The warm rendering of these quarters are inviting, leaving an impression that the host has intentionally left the doors open for guests to pry into. Without the guilt of invading one’s privacy, they have this moment to experience the space through its owner’s eyes and even become the owner of these spaces. Adding vibrancy to these stills are arbitrary streaks of neon colors that Torres adds making each work a panorama of his own point of view.

Torres sees each of these pieces as temporary places where guests may go to. As the audience move to view one work to another they involuntarily engage themselves in the act of coming from one place and leaving for another, hence the constant departures. Torres likens this to the scheme of having attained a goal and moving on to the next.

Jay Torres is a product of the Fine Arts program of the Far Eastern University. As an artist, he has been awarded numerous distinctions including Juror’s Choice in the 2014 Philippine Art Awards and 2nd Honorable Mention in the 2011 Maningning Miclat Art Competition. He was also a finalist in the 2010 and 2011 Shell Art Competition, and in the 2012 Metrobank Art & Design Excellence (MADE) Art Competition. He had his first solo exhibition in 2014 in Art Underground and has participated in numerous group shows since 2010.

Art Underground is located at 814 Balagtas St., Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City.

For inquiries, you may call (02) 721 0745, (0917) 5237463 or email: artundergroundmanila@gmail.com.

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