□ Exhibition Title
Even These Stones Will Cry Out - Martin Honasan Solo Exhibition -
17th September - 1st October 2016
Closed: Sunday, Monday
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-0047
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Opening Reception September 17th 18:00- at YOD Gallery
4-9-15, Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan 530-004
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□ Exhibition Outline
YOD Gallery is pleased to present "Even These Stones Will Cry Out," a first solo exhibition by a Filipino Artist Martin Honasan (b.1976, Quezon City, Philippines). Honasan has been receiving much attention for his unique abstract portraits focusing on face, where paint, canvas and human face are treated as equal components. With Psychological theories such as Gestalt and pareidolia that underlie, his works question morality, spirituality, existence and meaning through the image generated by the mind and sight of the audience.
In June 2016, as a YOD artist in residence, Honasan spent a month in Osaka working and living with his family. What kind of effect did the life in Osaka have on the artist? Please take this opportunity to see it in person at YOD Gallery.
When we arrived in Shōeichō, a town in Neyagawa-shi, a city in Osaka-fu, Japan, its intricacy was immediately apparent, but there was also an effortless simplicity about it. In any new country I visit, the first thing I notice is the texture of the terrain -- the land and the structures that have flourished on its surface. The physical arrangement of a city and the flow of its traffic give me a basic sense of the layers of systems in place and the sensibilities of its people. I encountered a wide variety of locals in Osaka Prefecture: well-dressed business men, women with babies, and some very agile elderly people — most of them were riding simple everyday bicycles called mamachari, or "mom's bicycle" in English. I was amazed at the specific layers of history, refined through many generations, culminating in a particular kind of gentleness and sophistication that was striking to my outsider point of view.
During this stay, a Japanese friend brought me to a temple in the middle of Yodoyabashi, one of the busier cities within Osaka-fu. He says it is where he goes for some quiet, and to pray for success. I thought of the concept of "worship," which is often associated with temples, priests, and rituals. In my own belief system the person who worships becomes a temple, and worshippers gather together as a church -- worship is what one gives to that which is most worthy and valuable. In many ways, all people are temples, and we build our lives around that which we value the most. The worshipped would be at the core of one’s identity, and at the forefront of one’s praises.
The paintings in this series are metaphors for one of the most universal of human impulses, the act of worship and how it shapes our identity. My work begins with damage as its starting point. Almost every bit of painted scrap of canvas collected from my workspace is recycled and added to the succeeding series of works, producing new sheddings in the process. I brought these fragments to Neyagawa-shi and combined them with new materials I bought in Osaka. With blade and shears, I puncture, cut up, and tear apart portions of fresh canvas and older paintings. These scraps are folded, crumpled, and collaged onto new surfaces. They are painted with broad, arbitrary strokes that progress into narrower, delicate brushwork until recognizable elements of a human face emerge.
We use our faces as instruments to express our most immediate and internal emotions. In this series, I used elements of my own face, and people close to me, to convey the intimate nature of worship and our experiences.
As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!" And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples." He answered, "I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out." (Luke 19:37-40 ESV)
Even These Stones Will Cry Out is based on a passage from the Book of Luke in the Bible. When the Pharisees wanted to silence Jesus’ followers, he responded that all creation was made to praise God. The works in this exhibit are a meditation on the human impulse to worship. The paintings in this series are metaphors for worship, prayer, and other acts of faith leading to the revelation of one’s identity.
― Martin Honasan
□ Martin Honasan Profile
Martin Honasan (b.1976, Quezon City, Philippines) is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Communication Arts clusters). He worked as visual artist and art director in advertising (1999-2001), then as managing partner in his own design firm (2001-2004) prior to pursuing painting full-time. Honasan is a Philippine-based artist who works with acrylic and watercolor and has participated in various group shows and individual exhibitions since 2005 in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has also participated in various local and international art conventions such as Art Fair Philippines, Art in the Park, Bazaar Art Jakarta, and Manila Art. He has mounted nine solo exhibits since 2011, one of which was at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2015. He is currently preparing for his 10th solo exhibit at the YOD Gallery in Osaka.
[Solo and Group Exhibitions]
2016 Art Fair Philippines, YOD Gallery X Kogure, Art Verité, West Gallery
The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City,Feb. 18 - 21
2015 An Other (solo exhibit), Vinyl on Vinyl, 2F warehouse 2, 2135 Chino
Roces Ave., Makati City, Oct 21
Shadows of Things to Come (solo exhibit), Boston Art Gallery, 72
Boston Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Oct. 10
Everything is Created Twice, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Main Theatre Building, Roxas Blvd.,
Pasay City,May 14 - June 14
Art in the Park, Art Verité, Boston Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, Makati City, March 22
Art Fair Philippines, CANVAS, The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City, Feb. 5 - 8
2014 Alay 17 (group show), Boston Art Gallery, 72 Boston Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Dec. 7 - 21
Extended Play (inaugural group show), Vinyl on Vinyl, 2F warehouse 2, 2135 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City, Aug 27
2014 Soil (6th solo exhibit), Boston Gallery, 72 Boston St, Cubao, Quezon City, Aug 23 - Sept. 8
Filipino Myths &
Legends, Center for Art, New Ventures, & Sustainable Development,U.P.
Vargas Museum, June 17 - July 15
Asia Art Contemporary, Floren Gallery, Conrad Hotel, Hong Kong, May 15 - 18
Art in the Park, Art Verité, Boston Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, Makati City, March 23
Singularity (5th solo show), Art Galileia, Fort Pointe Building, BGC, Taguig, Feb. 28 - March 14
2013 Alay 16 (group show), Boston Art Gallery, 72 Boston Street, Cubao, Quezon City, Dec. 7 - 21
Everything The Same Way (group show), Ysobel Art Gallery, BGC, Taguig, Nov. 28 - Dec. 11
Zoology of a Concrete Jungle (group show), Gallery Orange, Bacolod City, Sept. 7 - 30
The Weight of Glory (4th solo exhibit), NOW Gallery, EcoPlaza Bldg., Makati City, Sept. 4 - Sept. 17
Love Stories (group show), Galería Paloma, July - August
The Night Nebula (group show), Paseo Gallery, A.R.T. Center, Megamall,Mandaluyong City, July 10 - 24
The Human Hide (3rd solo exhibit), The Crucible Gallery, Megamall, Mandaluyong City, July 2-14
Art Fair Philippines, Paseo Gallery, The Link, Parkway Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City, Feb. 7-10
2012 Then We Shall See (2nd Solo Show), Ysobel Art Gallery, Serendra, BGC, Taguig, May 21-June 9
Pure Imagination (group show), Altromondo, Greenbelt 5, Makati City, Sept. 4 - 14
After Caravaggio (group show), NOW Gallery, EcoPlaza Building, Makati City, Aug. 4 - Sept. 1
2011 Digging In The Dirt (a solo exhibit), Yellow Door Gallery, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell October 7-22
Manilart '11, Artes Orientes Gallery, NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, July 16-19
Ten, (group show), Ysobel Art Gallery, Serendra, BGC, Taguig, May 21-June 9
2010 Phases (group show), Yellow Door Gallery, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Sept.25
2009 Manilart '09, Quattrocento Gallery, NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, July 16-19
*Images from top
"Melting Pot", 2016
48 x 36 in, Mixed Media
"What Cannot be Shaken", 2016年
40 x 30 in, Mixed Media