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April 20, 2012

Ferdie Montemayor's Solo Exhibit

Tin-Aw Art Gallery presents “1,” a solo exhibition of recent works by  visual artist  Ferdie Montemayor. The monochrome acrylic paintings depict crowds rushing to destinations known only to them. 

These medium scale works on canvas show cycling figures, running  bodies, and congregations in a range of movement. Swarms of bodies  plod pavements in measured steps, furiously pump bicycles, and  rhythmically jog to the finish. The artist’s fluid and dense  brushwork and figures that ease out and fill pictorial space conjure a  tense atmosphere of deluge and rush.

Montemayor takes cue from past works of landscapes filled to the  brim, labyrinths of structures transforming earthly space into a  perplexing, alien form. This is the globe seen from the artist’s  vantage, a sphere of motley structures, skyscrapers dwarfing (slums),  making the earth one tangled mass of gnarled networks. A heightened  sense of movement, frenzy if you will marks this new series in the  artist’s body of work. Earlier canvases especially those from 2009,  were marked by a profusion of inert bodies. The works for the exhibit  on the other hand breathe movement mostly frenetic, bodies stirring to  rhythm and steering towards redemption or catastrophe, we are yet to  know.

Montemayor speaks to the perilous state humanity is in, of  unremitting greed overwhelming earth’s finite resources. The artist  summons us to join the crowd, to imagine ourselves within the fray,  and feel the crush life has become in a world increasingly on edge.

"1" is Ferdie Montemayor’s 23rd solo exhibition. He studied Painting  at the College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines Diliman.  Montemayor has to his name a series of exhibitions and awards, notably  the 2004 Metrobank Foundation Award for Continuing Excellence and  Service and the Thirteen Artist Award from the Cultural Center of the  Philippines in 1993.

Contact Details:
For inquiries, please call (63 2) 892-7522.
Tin-aw Art Gallery
Somerset Olympia Makati

Upper Ground Level, Somerset Olympia Makati
7912 Makati Ave., Urdaneta Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

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