Saturday, September 24, 2005

it's great to be back...

im back. i wish i could make my blog visually appealing too just like the blog of others. problem is i seldom have even time to update it and not even spare time to study on how to do it. so here i am settling with templates...

it's been a long time. i've been wanting to update this blog but then as mentioned above, time would not permit me. midterms is over and so im thinking of where to get money again for the finals. this early, i am thinking of hitting the baywalk and hope someone could pick me up for a fee...(anybody there...hehehe). kidding aside, the midterm payment was a traumatic one for me. why? i nearly was not able to pay because up to the very last minute i still have no money. good thing some of my exams were postponed. thanks heaven...

and so this morning when i went to school, my groupmate for the supposed hospital duty told me that we have to enroll right after taking the finals...good god but im having a problem again. that means right after the end of october, i have to find another ten thousand. and look at this, when i had my subjects assessed, it hit the a whopping 49 thousand....whoa.....and to think those are only four subjects. the capping and pinning fee is not yet included there which is about more than 6 thousand also. whew....

il cross the bridge when i get there ika nga. for now, il just think about the finals for the mean time.

Monday, September 12, 2005

just read it somewhere...

Ventura's body language

AFTER HIS TRIUMPH IN THE Second Ateneo Art Awards, Ronald Ventura has mounted a show that confirms his winning was no fluke.
Though we have misgivings about pitting artists in a cruelly competitive manner, Ventura is doubtless in a class by himself, totally devoted to his muse and attuned to the demands of an ever-changing moral universe.
Here, in a show of recent works involving mixed-media techniques, the artist renders the nude as the supreme fetish.
The University of Santo Tomas-trained artist has always struck us as a bravura artist. His experimentations, particularly with the body as main vessel of his art, in both style and substance, are the products of a postmodern sensibility that is constantly mutating and transmuting, where the signifier and the signified are fused, and visual puns take on their most absurd meanings.
In the exhibit "Morph," (West Gallery, SM Megamall, until Sept. 13), the seemingly disparate images are connected by the technology-driven technique of allowing a discourse to take its own course.
In "Basic," for instance, the image of painted jeans ripped sideways to reveal two pairs of legs in motion makes for a double teaser, a thoroughly engaging treatise on the Jungian duality of the body's erotic power.
The same title is used for a much smaller work in oil, a diptych of sorts showing the two sides of the female torso.
Memory is another subject in which Ventura proves most engaging. In "Memory Lost," the male nude is positioned downward, its head replaced by an illuminating object held by the two arms of the figure. Not one to be bothered by facial features unlike artists of realism, Ventura defines the essential as invisible to the eye.
The artist's savage-like rendering of man's anatomical parts has its apotheosis in "Metamorphosis," executed in acrylic and charcoal on paper and canvas. Thighs and legs have been configured in a most surreal mode, fused in a manner Dali would have approved, approximating the symmetry of the two sides of the body.
In a surprising departure from his obsession with the nude, Ventura shows a mock soldier in "Toy Story" in total combat finery, complete with a rifle aimed at the viewer. The artist simply may be testing his ability to clothe his figures as well as he undresses them, and what more felicitous way than to show the most heavily cloaked figure today to signify the terrors of our age.
Turning more melodious in his musings, and proving his ambidexterity with materials and techniques as well, Ventura has a suite of sculptures which he simply calls instruments. These include a horse with two heads, a dog wearing the mask of a centaur, a vase in bronze color and a string instrument salvaged from industrial junk.
This is a show that teases and excites. Ventura has boldly ventured into the aesthetic and the moral. We come out pleased and provoked, disturbed and enlightened.