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Flimsy Cobweb Sheets

Carzen Esprela & Lui Gonzales

September 2 - 30, 2023

Press Release

Flimsy Cobweb Sheets

An individual's character is highly dictated by their manner of storing and retrieving acquired thoughts, perhaps; a dilemma in terms of retaining or omitting an idea. Say, a place dependent on identity may evolve to a level of taste. Cleaning an old room involves careful analysis of which to keep or discard. Old receipts, old coins, old keys, photographs, letters, etc., are presented all at once. In the choosing, the room is prepped for receiving. Some are displayed, some kept in cabinets or drawers.

This is the case in Gonzales' and Esprela's works; carefully selecting which parts of their work they choose to keep.

Referring to old photographs, Esprela carefully paints scenes of travels documented through time; copying the background, keeping the memory of that particular photographed place. He then presents biomorphic silhouettes of people seemingly decaying from its solid forms; indicating the impermanence of an individual in relation to a place.

Gonzales' layered drawings perform a visual bombardment of memories presented on a plane. Thoughts on how sunlight affects a surface, giving warmth and growth, creating a symbiotic relationship; the accumulated experiences shared with random animals were given great importance by Gonzales in choosing her images. Her drawings depict the relationship of an individual to nature. Layer after layer of drawn figures as she tears the sheets exposing multiple memories as a single event.

In "Flimsy Cobweb Sheets", both artists present their compulsions to peel and peek through. Retention of details is integral to their process creating a visual representation of a tasteful accumulation and decay.

Raymond Carlos

Carzen Esprela & Lui Gonzales

Carzen A. Esprela (born 1994) studied visual arts at the Philippine High School for the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines in Diliman in 2016. His thesis work 'Bag in a Boat' has been featured in various public spaces and art exhibitions such as at Art in the Park, UP Fine Arts grounds, Tin-aw Art Gallery, and the UP Vargas Museum. Esprerela explores memories of significant people and places in his art. His debut solo exhibition, "Hinumdom," meaning 'to look back' in Visayan, took place at Pinto Art Museum.

Artist and musician Lui Gonzales, graduated as an Art Scholar majoring in Visual Arts from the Philippine High School for the Arts and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. In 2010, she was chosen as one of the representatives of the Philippines for the ASEAN Youth Camp for Visual Arts held in Hanoi, Vietnam, and in 2020, she was a finalist for the Ateneo Art Gallery's Marciano Galang Acquisition prize. She considers her contemplative drawings and layered works to be a visual representation of memory. Since 2006, she has participated in exhibitions in the Philippines and abroad. Now residing in Quezon City as a full-time artist, she continues to create pieces with images ranging from portraits, still lives, and various scenes.

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