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You Have To See These Painfully Beguiling Pieces From Mike Adrao's Exhibit

The artist explores the allegorical and literal deterioration of the body.
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This March, Tin-aw Art Gallery presents Mike Adrao’s latest solo exhibition “(In)Humanity.” In the artist’s trademark intricate style, his viscera or anatomical drawings embedded with subtle symbolism explore the parallelism between the allegorical and literal deterioration of the body. 

These are anatomical studies of corruption. Flesh is viewed not merely for its corporeal nature, but also as the vessel through which a person lives and interacts. Influences from one’s surroundings leave marks in the subconscious. Unknowingly, they root and dwell there until they become habits, beliefs, values, and decisions. How we react to life, given this back and forth of positive and negative factors, is what makes or breaks us as individuals. The pieces’ meticulously abstracted imagery reveals the artist’s search for reasons behind the internal struggles that shape man. In focusing on the act of dissection, the fragments and fractures unseen by the naked eye are made manifest, revealing in the process Adrao’s critical gaze on humanity.

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Untitled images from Mike Adrao’s “(In)Humanity”

Adrao was part of the group exhibition “Complicated” with Ea Torrado and Leslie de Chavez at the Lopez Museum and Library in 2014. He was chosen for the Southeast Asian Platform of Art Stage Singapore for his exhibition “Swarm” (2014), and Art Fair Philippines’ Karen H. Montinola Selection for “Elegant Beasts, Beautiful Decay” (2015). His works have been exhibited in various galleries and institutions across Asia. He was also the recipient of the NEAR Dangsang Artist Residency in Seoul in 2009 and Project Space Pilipinas Artist Residency in Mandaluyong in 2008. 

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March 11 to April 1; Tin-aw Art Gallery, Upper Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia Building, Makati Avenue corner Santo Tomas Street, Makati; 892.7522; [email protected].

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