• Start

    13 December 2014
  • End

    09 February 2015
  • Artists

    Isobel Francisco, Tokwa Peñaflorida

  • Venue

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

The tortured artist is near-archetypal, almost cliche. The story is a familiar one, a sensitive soul transmuting pain into beauty. In Tokwa Peñaflorida and Isobel Francisco’s two-man show.

金繕い [Kintsukuroi] however, this alchemy is skipped altogether: scars (figurative? emotional? accidental?) abound in the work, and are deliberate in their display. Crumpled pieces, junk mediums, purposeful mistakes. These translate into a declarative rawness: we are broken.

Kinsukuroi is a Japanese art form wherein pottery is repaired, with the intent of leaving the cracks visible. The lines of breaking are colored in with gold powder, calling attention to the break. The visible repair makes the damage desirable, so much so that people would deliberately chink their fineries so that repairs could be made. The same could be said of Peñaflorida and Francisco’s exhibition. There is a spontaneity present in the work, a self-destructiveness that lends itself to both artists’ predispositions: to color, and to chaos.

Peñaflorida’s work in particular comes off as freer than previously seen in his oeuvre. Painting to music, Peñaflorida imbues plots amid swathes of acrylic and gold leaf, within lines drawn with colored pencil on discarded paper bags. The focus is on honesty, despite the figurative nature of the work. Francisco’s pieces are similar in contradiction, oil and graphite depictions of vividly colorful trauma. Francisco details a give-and-take relationship between the brush and palette knife on all pieces: either the brush works first and then the palette knife scratches it up, or the palette knife is used first and then the brush attempts to contain the strokes.

Tokwa Peñaflorida is a painter and illustrator from the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts with a major in Visual Communication. He is also a member of local design collective Thursday Room.

Isobel Francisco is a painter and illustrator from the Ateneo de Manila University with a major in Humanities (Literature and Fine Arts) and minor in Japanese Studies. She is also an organizer of the global alternative art movement Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Philippines.