PRETTY ON THE INSIDE
“Pretty on the Inside” at Silverlens, featuring works by Felix Bacolor, Mariano Ching, RM De Leon, and Trek Valdizno is an exhibit that plays with the material components of readymade objects and found signs to translate their immanent potential into new visions of beauty and significance. The work of RM De Leon presents a playful abstraction using elements culled from popculture to produce collaged compositions full of wit and visual pleasure. De Leon's mastery is allowing things to mutate without forcing the picture to dictate predictability, in order to produce hybrids that blur fantasy and reality. Mariano Ching offers his viewers a taste of the grotesque in his work, which is made more peculiar by a deft hand towards impeccable detail, and a storytelling whose quirky imagination allows the viewer the suspension of disbelief as he finds unfathomable discoveries from things normal to the eye. His works begins with the world of the familiar, initially undetectable of future things to come, then subsequently connecting these fibers of worldly minutiae into fantastic images of tomorrow. Trek Valdizno has a curiosity with materials, which he breaks down into abstract components for his paintings. He uses the material adeptly like familiar language, easy for him to deconstruct and reform into something new. From such process older meanings are rendered null and void, only producing newer symbols to work with following an enigmatic language by design. Felix Bacolor shares an equal inventiveness with medium details. With his found objects he allows their innate structure and symbolism to free associate towards new beginnings. His joy over the creative process brings out the sculptor in him to put things into imaginative blends and folds, making new hybrids of aesthetic recognition.