Sunday, July 21, 2013

Stage Blues (or, Do You Want To Be Famous?), 1989


Entablado Blues (o, Gusto Mo Bang Sumikat?) [Stage Blues (or, Do You Want To Be Famous?)]. 1989. oil pastel, wax crayon, color felt-tip markers, graphite, ink, and colored pencils on paper

Juxtaposition and vagueness, along with material/tool self-consciousness, were some of my earliest obsessions. Here, for instance, the horizontal drawing space becomes an emotional theater stage that doesn't simply mimic a theatrical setup in the realist mode. Here's juxtaposition as drama-cum-contextual-jigsaw. A blue woman's face at the right is a symbol of TV glamour surrounded by several emblems: a theater stage with a tear in the background (fictional and real -- the paper bruise was contrived). Below the stage is an ink blur (pen hatching's rain?) over seeming rocks, foregrounded by an ice cream cone ghost with a drip (dripping ink, get it?). Below all this: the golden brown grass of Sa Palikurang Nipa (see previous piece, previous post) with the framed picture, two fruits, and a star with feet with boots. The framed picture is now suddenly that of a Greek portico instead of a nipa hut.
    Heartache (corny and not), sweetness, pop-ness, down-to-earth-ness (as with grass and fruits and vegetables), pretentiousness (as with emulations of ancient European empires), ambition, sex (or sexiness), and TV-blueness. Drawing. As contrived as drama posters, not necessarily mood-less.


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