POINT-BLANK: Carlo Acerden Gabuco
In this exhibit, Carlo Acerden Gabuco vicariously magnified in his paintings commonplace images depicting issues of power, everyday violence, misguided faith, juvenile pains and desires.
Likening his works to larger-than-life advertisements and tarpaulins, Gabuco expresses his view of everyday social ills in a grand scale as a counter propaganda while emulating their ordinariness to those gigantic images installed along highways and malls.
Point-blank is an unsettling and yet uncompromised presentation of what has become a seemingly “normal” realities accepted by many Filipinos. Instead of presenting the ideal, the good and the beautiful, Gabuco disconcertingly challenge the viewers to a “point-blank” questioning of the self and their position to issues surrounding us.
Born in Laguna, Philippines, in 1981, Carlo Gabuco studied fine arts major in painting at the Philippine Women’s University. He has joined a number of notable exhibitions since 2001 and was also a finalist in various art competitions including the Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards 2007, the Metrobank Young Painter’s Annual 2002 and Nokia Art Competition in 2000. He was an artist-in-residence and art lecturer at the CASA San Miguel Foundation, Center for the Arts, in San Antonio, Zambales in 2007. At present, Carlo is the first artist-in-residence at the Project Space Pilipinas, an independent art-based project space for young emerging contemporary artists.
POINT-BLANK : Carlo Acerden Gabuco
April 24 to May 25, 2008
Pasilyo Vicente Manansala
Cultural Center of the Philippines