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July 1-23, 2023
Nic Navarro’s latest exhibition, Pusyaw, extends and amplifies the visual vocabulary we have known of the artist. Navarro's previous works have often depicted a frozen world, where time stands still, giving rise to an eerie and surreal ambiance within ordinary interior spaces. However, in this current body of work, Navarro delves into the nature of time itself, contemplating its relentless passage and embracing the concept of breakdown and entropy.
With Pusyaw, Navarro sets out to explore the passing of time, particularly in relation to the lifespan of a human being. This introspective journey was sparked by the artist's personal experience of providing care for his mother, witnessing firsthand the transformation of her once vibrant body into one marked by frailty and change. The inevitable process of aging, which begins during youth with dying cells rapidly being replenished, gradually slows down as we grow older, leading to a poignant reflection on the nature of mortality.
Within the highly symbolic realm of Navarro's creations, uncertainty looms. Eggs crack, unveiling the fragile vulnerability of life, while a seemingly innocuous toy house becomes shadowed by the presence of a headstone angel. These visual representations embody the transience and fleeting nature of existence, evoking a sense of contemplation and introspection in the viewer.
The artworks themselves mirror the theme of the exhibition, appearing faded and drained of color. This deliberate aesthetic choice serves as a metaphor for the coldness and solidity of stone, reminiscent of the passage of time and the inevitable effects it has on all aspects of life. Even the sky, portrayed as a seeming slab of marble, emphasizes the ever-present weight of time and its impact on our existence.
In essence, Pusyaw invites us to confront the relentless march of time, exploring its significance through the lens of human mortality. Through Navarro's masterful artworks, we are prompted to reflect on the fragility of life, the inevitability of change, and the impermanence of our existence. This exhibition serves as a poignant reminder to cherish the present, embrace our own journey through time, and appreciate the beauty that can be found within the transitory nature of life itself.
Carlomar Arcangel Daoana
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