Friday, March 11, 2016

Galleria Nicolas ushers in summer with Raul Isidro’s latest masterpieces.

Art is a kind of language, used to communicate complex ideas in visual manner. In this way, abstraction reveals a highly nuanced mind that has moved beyond the mere mimicking of reality. When Plato wrote about form, he used the allegory of the cave to demonstrate his point — that the reality we experience are but shadows of perfect forms that exist beyond our level of comprehension. Abstractionists seek to distill the visual reality into a similarly pure form, condensing and deconstructing figurations until what remains is their essence characterized by lines, shapes, and colors.

Perhaps there is no truer proponent of the power of abstraction than Modernist Raul Isidro. Emerging from the formative years of the Late Modernism period in the 1970’s, Isidro’s pioneering print and painting practices used abstracted form to express that boisterous period of Philippine art history. Today, this is reflected in his ability to arrange order from chaos, manifesting works that bridge the discourses of Modernism between the immediate postwar period and the contemporary.

“It is funny because in those days, they said that if you were painting abstract forms it meant you couldn’t draw,” said Isidro of his roots and the nature of abstraction. “But there was something about jumping shapes, from squares, to circles, to rectangles, that is really more honest.”

Raul Isidro (b. 1943) is a native of Calbayog in Samar. He is a product of the Fine Arts program of the University of Santo Tomas, where he finished with a degree in Advertising. At UST during the period was National Artist Victorio Edades, regarded as the leading advocate of Modernism in the country. It is not surprising that among with Isidro during his time at UST were other stalwarts of the Late Modernist period, including sculptors Ramon Orlina and Eduardo Castrillo.

Raul Isidro re-navigates the concept of abstraction for his next one-man exhibition at Galleria Nicolas, entitled “Light and Shadows.”

The exhibit opens on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 and runs until March 31.

Galleria Nicolas is located at the 3/F Art Space of Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. They may be reached through their landline at (632) 625-0273, or email at info@gallerianicolas.com.

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