Ilonggo Artist Uncovers “Unhindered”, A Solo Show at Casa Real Gallery
Unhindered is Arel Zambarrano’s second solo show, and his first at Casa Real Gallery. It opens on 20 August 2016, on view until 16 Septemer 2016. It features eight artworks including a large 8×12 painting and an installation.
Arel Distor Zambarrano is a native of Banate, Iloilo. He is a full-time artist and architect who graduated from Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (now ISAT-U). He has received numerous awards including Juror’s Choice Award of Merit at the Philippine Art Awards National Finals in 2012 and Grand Prize Winner at the 9th Art Petron National Student Art Competition – Oil Painting Category.
Zambarrano believes in the dictum that “there is no beautiful style, no beautiful design, and no beautiful color; there is just one beauty in art, the truth that is being revealed.” He is known to produce artworks with wide range of expressions, but with consistent theme based on his personal struggles.
Unhindered is one of the series of exhibitions leading to Visayas Visual Artists Exhibition and Conference on 17-21 November 2016. ViVa ExCon is the largest and longest running art biennial in the country.
Casa Real Gallery is managed by Iloilo Visual Arts Collective and VIVA ExCon Organization Iloilo Inc. with the help of the Office of the Provincial Governor of Iloilo. It is open from 10 am – 6 pm, from Tuesday to Saturday.
But you have no silver linings without a cloud.
“Unhindered” ironically takes out the fear out as life’s biggest illusion; that one may be mortal yet he must take a risk unhindered of the neither consequences nor failure; if he manages to survive, then he will become somebody.
Presented in morbid and grotesque manner, this artwork appears in a form of human skull, torn and worn. Be aware of an obstructed vision which satirically upholds the title itself; comprised of numerous stark and gleaming needles, it stands out against the gloomy red background aiming to reveal the positive by veering on the dark and the negative.
As an allegory to life itself, I am the threads which ties up the entire painted canvas, tattered but persists; I am the pawns which seem to be cascading beneath the melancholic layer, ordinary but equipped with a heart of a fighter.
This artwork is rooted from my personal experience as a victor on my own struggle; it meant to portray an unlimited optimism through artistic irony. It aims to impart brightness in outlook despite heavy life battle, that pain and fear can be subdued by the power of positive thinking.
I am persistent; I am persevering; I am free; I am who I am!