Ronson Culibrina Solo Exhibition
Secret Fresh Gallery
12 September 2021
Curated by Ruel Caasi
Revisiting his series from his first solo show, Before Sun Down (2014), Ronson Culibrina opens a new solo exhibition where he continues to rework the familiar pastoral and idyllic scenes of Filipino master Fernando Amorsolo into texts of cultural hybridity and the dynamics of globalization. He transforms Amorsolo’s works into pastiches that locate iconic works of renowned contemporary artists—from Ai Weiwei to Jeff Koons and Yayoi Kusama—in idealized Philippine landscapes and scenes of folk life. These compositions at the same time inject the themes of the market and modernity as logos, popular brands, and high-tech gadgets find their way into the otherwise romantic, rural utopias. The original images that used to evoke timelessness are now plotted in the current pandemic, as peasants and maidens cover their faces with masks and shields. These pieces imagine intersections of the premodern ideal and consumerism, coinciding with the precarity of a global health crisis.
An advertising graduate from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), Ronson Culibrina bagged the 2018 Fernando Zobel Prize for the Visual Arts of the Ateneo Art Awards, for which he received a residency grant to Liverpool Hope University-Creative Campus in the United Kingdom. In his past works, he has explored the themes of history, cultural influences, and diaspora through appropriation of works by old masters and injecting elements from contemporary popular culture.
This show is curated by Ruel Caasi.
The exhibition opens on 12 September at Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City, in collaboration with The Working Animals Art Projects (TWA).