Working in Progress
In Working in Progress, three artists from different backgrounds, interests and disciplines unite.
Working without a particular exhibition theme or framework, each sets out to explore new concepts and directions under the guidance of curator Adeline Ooi. In Working In Progress, three artists from different backgrounds, interests and disciplines unite.
Sound engineer and photographer Corinne De San Jose fuses audio and visual expression through photography and video art pieces. Her creative mind is inspired by the nature of time, applying an abstract interpretation to her works.
1440 in 24, is inspired by the transition of time. For this work, she beautifully compresses the unfolding of a day in 1,440 photographs. In her other work, Infinitely late at night, a 7-minute video, she travels between the state of being “awake” and “asleep”
These works are products of De San Jose’s reflection on facets of time that most people overlook because they seem recurrent. A kind of meditation on every minute is presented to the viewers as well.
Similarly, Ryan Villamael is moved by the transition of time, but chooses to focus on what stays when it passes: “If some memories are supposed to fade, some are meant to surface, which [are] tattooed in our memory,” explains the artist.
He employs a new technique of layering, in addition to his usual intricate papercutting. The aesthetic of this series is inspired by patterns of the Kalinga tribe tattoos. Though small in size, his works are rooted from the vast expanse of time-- what stays, what changes, and the consequences of each.
A more playful take on art is present in Chati Coronel’s set of vibrant, colorful and dreamy oil paintings on leather and wood, possessing characteristics of spiritual imagery and abstraction. Her works capture the vivid imagination of a child-- something she is in touch with having a young child of her own.
A balance between technical sophistication and rawness is achieved by the artist, enabling her to maintain a childlike quality in her paintings despite the expertise needed to create it.