Arts & Culture

Filipino Artists Converge to Present Their Vision of a Dystopian Future

"Bending the Circuit of Machine Logic" will be on view at Artery until October 14.

Symbolic of the host gallery’s name, three artists’ works and ideas converge at the show "Bending the Circuit of Machine Logic," on view at Artery, the contemporary art exhibition space in Cubao.

Men in the Matrix, by Arvin Flores

In this joint exhibit, Clarence Chun, Beejay Esber, and Arvin Flores present their vision of a dystopian future, far removed from our hopes of an idyllic tomorrow. In their fantasy worlds, the planet is inhabited by a hybrid of organic and robotic creatures, inspired by science fiction and pop culture—references to The Matrix trilogy or The Terminator series immediately come to mind. Chun, Tacloban-born and now Hawaii-based, earned his degree in Fine Arts, graduating cum laude, from the University of Houston School of Art in Texas, and earned his MFA in painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Malabon-based Esber studied at the Technological University of the Philippines, and is known for his canvases that have been described as “eclectic and phantasmagoric abstraction,” making use of myriad colors the visual spectrum, from somber shades to neon bright hues.

Voldor Diamond, by Beejay Esber

Flores, a co-founder of the gallery, graduated from the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, and took his MFA at The School of the Arts, Columbia University. When he was based in the United States, he also taught art at Columbia and University of California, Berkeley. In this show, the three artists produce separate but thematically linked works “that arrive fragmented, layered, saturated, iterated and delineated, capturing a machine-inflected narrative adroitly glitched to produce a warped language in apt description of a fantastical future within our reach.”

Speak to Me in a Language I Can Hear, by Clarence Chun

Ongoing until October 14, 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City; 725.2837; [email protected].

This story was originally published in the October 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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