Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Altar at the Resort, 1990

Altar Sa May Resort [Altar at the Resort]. 
1990. oil on canvas

Here leaning on a table on my terrace, this painting is my homage to both Christianity and Symbolist painting. The rocks in the picture, emulating the flow of Middle Eastern robes, are witness to a crucifixion. The central X alludes both to the spear wound on the Christ's crucified figure and to the X on new glass windows rebelling against three dimensionality. What else could it connote? Snub-nosing realism, perhaps, in Gauguinist symbolism's favor? The island on the asphalt parking lot may signify a coffin, while the gatehouse reminds one of the INRI sign. The lifeguard tower? Ah, the centurion. The sea's horizon? Maybe a tribute to Hemingway's view of the sea as a picture of death and passage.

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