Oil on canvas
154 x 122 cm
Profile is a human being’s head, but of obvious cyborg origin. The face is perfectly outlined and contoured with a grid, evoking memories of 1980’s cult movie Tron, a film about human beings entering the world of a computer mainframe.
The artist suggests how the human mind is being re-structured like a robot, with “restored functions, or enhanced abilities due to the integration of technology” taking over what was earlier known as the human brain. It is virtual, indeed, but it begs the question, along with the dawning of artificial intelligence - when will cybernetic human beings become our own reality as technology encourages us to evolve into a different 21st century species?
EJ Cabangon, (b. 1973, Manila, Philippines) graduated from Philippines Women’s University in Manila with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting. Whilst still in school, Cabangon was a finalist in the 25th Shell National Student Art Competition in 1992.
A maestro of the ‘dark and perfect art’ – his first overseas exhibition Mirror, Mirror was in Singapore in 2007. Renowned for his signature hyper-realistic oil paintings rendered in very fine detail, paying particular attention to minutiae, his works are never strict interpretations of scenes or subjects. Cabangon utilizes subtle pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality, nudging the viewer to understand its underlying tru….