Altromondo

Self Portraits

  • Start

    28 May 2015
  • End

    28 June 2015
  • Artist

    Irma Lacorte

  • Venue

    The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
    119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines 1227

SELF PORTRAITS BY IRMA LACORTE EXHIBITION RUN FROM 28 MAY – 28 JUNE, 2015

This series is informed by my MFA thesis that focused on transforming packaging materials from export processing zones into functional assemblage.

Aside from manufactured products, export processing zones also offer job opportunities attracting laborers from nearby provinces. This, in turn, results in an unplanned mass of residential areas leading to cities or municipalities that host these zones to become densely populated. This chain of economic development can be cited in many parts of the world where people are gathered by diverse opportunities for a sole purpose – to build a capital to sustain a living.

Titled SELF-PORTRAITS, this series is a rendering of compacted canned goods which, to me, best represents the laborers who form the assembly line in factories. These individuals are the producers and, at the same time, the consumers.

Using pencil on board paper, each piece is copied meticulously to size, from individual cubes of compacted cans, different and unique. But when viewed from a distance, details blend, fuse, and become faceless.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Visual artist Irma Lacorte eyes on the wastage and recycling of manufacturing materials and found objects produced by factories in export processing zones.  An effect of globalization, the production of goods not only translates to economic growth, but also to the accumulation of junk. Using painting and installation art as media, Lacorte transforms these now unused items into repurposed materials.

In her installation art entitled Ig-uli in the recent Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference, commonly known as VIVA Excon in Bacolod City, Lacorte used pieces of palochina wood assembled in the likes of a shipping crate to portray the return of the globalized to what it once was.