Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Start

    25 September 2014
  • End

    28 November 2014
  • Artist

    Jared Yokte

  • Venue

    The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines 1227
The long tradition of deconstruction has convinced some that all literary works can be simmered down to a handful of plots. Now even if we do not accept this notion wholly, there is still that lingering ounce of truth in it: the human experience reveals itself in patterns. What do these patterns tell us about a world where history is said to repeat itself? Whether or not human actions and creativity are finite, perhaps it tells us that the values we impose on events (or the events that we value) belong to a common place in the human psyche. And it probably is the reason why a single event can be judged differently or for varying situations to summon the same emotion.Jared Yokte’s paintings are a compounding contribution to this discourse. The artist’s consistent stylized rendering of figures is an assurance that there are characters in his story, whose common plot is yet to be revealed. Taken from fragments of personal histories and social realities, the stories do not attempt to reconcile with each other. They even reinforce their power through the mystery inherent in the artist’s aesthetic. Take for instance the way his characters’ eyes are painted; it is a powerful visual cue that makes the work. Human eyes are built in such a way that they instinctively zero-in on others’ eyes, so what better way to shroud in mystery than to avert that which serve as “windows to the soul?” Going by this logic, it would also be worth noting how his figures lack mouths, because as some animators would know, any emotion can be depicted with just a mouth and a pair of eyes.At first glance, the artist’s choice of subject matter may seem arbitrary. In “If I am Not Mistaken,” he portrays his aunt performing a ritual of “pagtatawas,” personified by his vision of a false prophet. The painting “Bumble Bee” is a homage to his family, “Sarrah” a portrait of his wife. “The Grand Opening” is a retelling of the Yokte’s first exhibition. There is an interplay between personal elements and universal iconography in his works. Yet they come off more than autobiographical; there is a universality that is strangely welcoming and familiar.

Jared Yokte graduated in 2011 from the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. The 28-year old painting major has since participated in several exhibitions in Metro Manila which include the group show “Christmas Take Out” at Galleria Duemila in 2011 and the two-man show “Babae” at the GSIS museum in 2012. He is the recipient of several national awards which include the Philippine Art Awards (Luzon Juror’s Choice, 2014), TANAW Bangko Sentral Art Competition (Finalist, 2013), MADE Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (Finalist), GSIS Art Competition (Juror’s Choice, 2011), 24th PLDT Art
Competition (Honorable Mention, 2010), Shell Art Competition (1st Honorable Mention, 2010) and was the Grand Prize Winner of the 9th ArtPetron Competition in 2009. “Down the Rabbit Hole” is Yokte’s first solo exhibition.

— IC Jaucian


My works are mostly autobiographical in narrative and interrelated with each other. I paint my own social reality and I find my style very intriguing and mysterious, although I would like to think less emotional. My inspirations come from social and psychological landscapes, symbols, dreams and even the darker things in life. My work displays subject matter that can sometimes make people feel curious and uncomfortable.
Generally about family-particularly Filipino family-, my family and neighbors are my reference and you might catch yourself saying, “I’m not a stranger here”. This exhibit tells about my story as an artist as a common ancestor.
My style of painting is just a result of my experiments and I found it very intriguing and mysterious. I love to experiment different media. My painting session always starts with experiment and it serves as my appetite before my real artwork. I opened my mind about art today but I don’t like going any Art exhibition of my generation.

— Jared Yokte