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With Conversation 17\, CORINNE DE SAN JOSE methodically wraps everyday objects with fabric\, neither to obscure nor hi de\, but to transform the materiality of her subjects— hammer\, vase\, wine bottle—into objets d’art.

Like her previous exhibit titles\, Conversation 17 is a song reference\, a play on the title of a song by The National. She connects the song to the idea of suffering fro m oblivion\, or losing identity\, grasping to control how your surroundings affect you. 

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The subjects are all concealed\, comple tely wrapped\, but there is no doubt as to what they are. By wrapping\, the ir essential form is revealed rather than concealed. She has picked the mos t mundane of objects\, binds it so that we will never know of its make or t ype. The selection is deliberate\; we easily associate these objects with g ender—from the sharp phallic tools to the curvy and round vessels. In the f inal process\, the only visible layer is what we would easily associate wit h the feminine—floral fabric set against another floral fabric. Layer upon layer\, the juxtaposition is at once jarring and beautiful.

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But it’s the patterns of fabric that have a mesmeric effect\, like s taring into a stereogram. We are drawn in to look a few seconds longer than we originally intended\, the clashing prints a visual\, tactile overload\, a still life that demands more of your time.

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To wrap something is also to protect it\, and the impulse to protect\, to heighten that which is basic or essential is perhaps the strongest conceptual link to CORINNE’s past works.

DTEND:20130209 DTSTAMP:20141127T072100 DTSTART:20130110 GEO:14.5368215;121.0206194 LOCATION:Silverlens Manila\,2320 Pasong Tamo Extension \nMakati City\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Conversation 17 \, Corinne De San Jose UID:253614 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR