Works by Roberto Chabet
15.03.2016 - 29.03.2016
This exhibition is comprised of a series of artworks that manage to break away from the rigid formalisms of modernism and demonstrate Chabet’s insistence on a more inclusive approach to art, a key aspect to the importance of Chabet’s practice in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. This is suggested in To Be Continued, wherein Chabet’s signature material: utilitarian and provisional plywood boards function simultaneously as object and surface. To Be Continued is completed in collaboration with Chabet’s former students, whom Chabet tasked to paint 10 panels of plywood by using and mixing red, blue and yellow paint (the emblematic colors of modernism). Their collective effort was exhibited in The Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2012 after being shown at Osage gallery in 2011.
Another seminal series in Chabet’s practice, the China Collage Series (1985-86) will be featured. The series consists of over hundreds of ‘L’ shaped panels, originally maps of China, Mongolia and Korea, covered in layers of torn printed materials. The series is part of Chabet’s exploration into collage as a technique; described by Chabet as his “picture morgue”, the China Collage Series is a reflection of his interpretation of the modernist spirit.
The exhibition also features Imagined Geographies (2011), a series of Chabet’s drawings that manifest an internal volatility, a precariousness that can be seen in the quivering pencil lines that delineate and demarcate spaces to create fluid, ambiguous field that points to an elsewhere.
The presentation will coincide with Art Basel, at which Osage is presenting Cargo and Decoy (1989/2010), a plywood installation by Robert in the Encounters sector at 1E03.
15.03.2016 – 29.03.2016
Mon – Sat: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sun: 2:30 – 6:30 pm
Open to special appointments during these times.
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