Wednesday, July 30, 2014

POSTVIEW: Erwin Mallari

If social realism is going to make a big comeback in the Philippine art scene, I do hope that it is of this kind. The first thing one notices in the work of Filipino artist Erwin Mallari is his impeccable technique. While the fascination in most hyperrealistic works is on the details, Mallari was able to underscore a subject pegged on mental and circumstantial reality. Instead of a strict interpretation or literal illustration of a photographic image, Mallari juxtaposes visual elements that come together to form a rich narrative.

The title of the diptych is “Pagtakas sa Lihim na Di Matakas-takasan” (Escaping the Inescapable Secret). It is undeniably about overseas Filipino workers, a loaded subject but at the same time, one that brings in more than US$30 billion to the Philippine economy a year. While the title of the work may insinuate a tragic story, the visual posts a question of half full or half empty. The escape might have happened but it is the aftermath that is in question.

Pagtakas sa Lihim na Di Matakas-takasan
(Escaping the Inescapable Secret)
6x3ft diptytch, oil on canvas, 2013


Erwin Mallari at work



At November 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM , Blogger shoe_addict said...

I think Erwin Mallari is poised to become one of the rising stars of the Philippine art scene...impeccable technique coupled with allegorical depth.


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