Wed, 15 Jan|
Artesan @ Esplanade
J. or A Remembrance of Things To Come
Featuring Victor Balanon
Time & Location
15 Jan 2020, 7:00 pm
Artesan @ Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, #02-05/07 Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
About the event
Victor’s artwork in 2018 were first seen in singapore during a group exhibition by Osage Gallery of Filipino artists entitled Futura Manila, held at the now defunct Old School in Mt. Sophia Road, Singapore. He had created a graffiti work that was central to a huge room and towered above smaller walls dotted along its left and right panels. It was fantastical, imaginary and entitled Manifesto Destino Bastardos. It left with an impression of how distinctive his works were. Not only were they potent, they completely veered the viewer from one’s own world, exuding a a sense of alienation, strangely combined by transformed energy.
Three years later, Artesan invited Victor for a residency stint at Artesan’s Bukit Timah studio. It was arranged to line the gallery walls with full lengths of canvas simulating bare naked walls. There he created yet another world of the strange and the unknown... losing himself in his imaginative universe of monochromatic heroes and foes in an artwork, entitled Ante Bellum (Before the Chaos).
Shortly after, Victor left his job with a Japanese animation company, and became a full-time artist. Balanon proceeded to have shows at Artesan in 2013 (The Somnambulist), 2014 (A Nation of Ulysses) and 2015 (Project: Pandora), and continued to work with other major galleries in the Philippines and abroad. His return to show once again in Singapore is well overdue, and we are thrilled to welcome Victor back.