At Galleria Duemila a harvest of paintings that intimate the
nature of life
For the month of
February, Galleria Duemila is proud to present a solo
exhibition showcasing the latest works by Italy-based Lina
Working at of her
studio located north of Rome, the Filipina artist has put
together 14 individual paintings and a triptych whose
delicate execution asserts once again her control of hand.
Her oils on canvas
are filled with elements taken from the everyday life, items
that many of us will regard as rather ordinary: wild
flowers, twigs, backchairs, pins, dried leaf, household
receptacles. Ciani’s hand, however, would gather them and
carefully arrange them on canvas where they become actors
party to her luminous, surrealist visions.
In “Landscape with
Blue Chair”, a backchair hangs from a tangle of rope,
seconds from fall. In “Wonder Girl”, a gamine with an
umbrella balances herself on a totem of river rocks at the
edge of a plank. In “Subjects, Not Objects”, dried leaves,
torn notes and flowers are held together by tape that is
beginning to unravel. And there are the paintings with her
personal leitmotif, an element that has made constant
appearance on her work throughout these years: the egg: at
times oversized or about to drop off from suspension or
floating ominously in the horizon.
This collection of
paintings follows a previous set executed more than a decade
ago. “Memoria Infinita” was a series of works that too
catches specific moments seen from dreams or memory. But
what separates this set is the intensity of colour; be it
cobalt or vermillon, they dominate the canvas and spray with
a buoyancy that can only come with age and experience.
“Before, my colors were quite muted,” Ciani says. “But now,
I feel freer to let go of restraint.”
Such is the wisdom
promised in these paintings. Even in the commonplace, they
are there. As with these works, one must only look closely.
is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and is the
longest-running private gallery in the country.
from 5 February 2011 to 1 March 2011 at Galleria Duemila,
210 Loring Street, Pasay City, Philippines. Opening party
is scheduled for February 5, 2011 at 4:00 PM
For more information,
please contact, Thess Ponce or Kristal De Guzman of Galleria
Duemila, Inc. through Tel. No. (+632) 831-9990 Telefax
(+632) 833- 9815, e-mail: email@example.com