With words, text and poetry appearing more and more often in our art galleries today, Cesare A.X. Syjuco is now, more then ever, considered to be “an undisputed master of visual / literary hybrids” – acknowledging his groundbreaking experimental works since the ‘70s and ‘80s that fused art and literature into an indivisible whole.
Cesare’s mammoth-scale exhibition “Flashes of Genius” at the CCP Main Gallery in 2004-05 -- his first Manila appearance after an absence of nearly 12 years -- was unanimously hailed by both art and literary critics as “a stunning comeback… a major achievement for the arts as a whole”. And the 53-year-old renegade painter and poet, a TOYM awardee well known for his temperamental and reclusive nature, hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down since then.
His latest one-man-show, aptly titled “Mighty Big Headstand”, opens at Mag:net in Paseo de Roxas, Makati, on February 2, Friday, at 6 P.M. And far from renouncing his trademark texts, Cesare is turning on the heat and upping the ante with even more words and less paint than ever before.
“Mag:net is a lovely little gallery with intelligently planned spaces,” says Cesare of his intention to show his very latest transparent acrylic panels and lighted neons. “I thought it would be nice, for a change, to avoid the usual and to use the gallery like a kind of ‘book’ with clean new pages. I do miss that from showing too often in bigger, older spaces like CCP… and I’m looking forward here to a tighter, more aggressive show full of interesting twists and turns.”
The exhibit will be on view until February 17 only. For particulars, call Mag:net at 8177895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.magnet.com.ph/.