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Very Abstract and Hyperfigurative

  • Start

    28 June 2011
  • End

    18 August 2011
  • Artist

    R.M. de Leon
  • Gallery

    Altro Mondo - Arte Contemporanea, 3rd Level Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
This month, RM de Leon continues his examination of abstraction in this solo exhibition featuring recent works on canvas. Compiling images taken from various cartoon movies and series, de Leon collapses them in order to dislodge their representational moorings.By interrupting and warping the image in this manner, de Leon turns the figurative into the abstract and presents questions regarding the currency of abstract art in the face of a contemporary world of loaded imagery, hypertext and hypercontextuality—a term employed in Internet programming that is now being used to refer to the concentrated overlays of interpretations that are potentially present in a single word, image or act.

De Leon’s wry sense of humor is not lost in this analytic pursuit. The cartoon characters he implodes are alternatingly awkward and grotesque, lively one moment and dilapidated in the next. Here the discursive meets the slapstick and the two walk, trip, and tumble with an ease that speaks of meticulous balancing on De Leon’s part.