Monday, March 30, 2009
Man in Suit APRIL 1 | MARTHA ATIENZA
Man in Suit MARTHA ATIENZA
Opening 6PM, April 1 (Wednesday) EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL APRIL 22, 2009
Hardly noticeable are the minute details disguised in the hysteria of the ordinary. Anomalies that easily pass off for their sheer congruity with the world, seemingly in complete agreement with the necessary order of 'how things should be.' In fact the routine second look-subtextual reading no longer holds true. For what are all those manuals on looking for, if not to raise a generation of spectators generally preoccupied with that which is hidden in a picture. Is it not almost tempting to say that nobody trusts anybody these days? Because appearances are constantly interrogated if not meticulously pried upon if only to squeeze out every signification there is. Perhaps, Martha Atienza's Man In Suit might as well be an exercise in weighing appearances and silent test of the malleability of 'things as they are.'
What could be a more fitting analogy than a peasant dressed in such clothing reminiscent of excess and formality to perform the most utilitarian and laborious of tasks such as baking bread or feeding chickens? And what of the beauty-queen-in-disguise vying for a spot among thirteen revered statues of the apostles and Christ? As the outsider attempts to bridge the obvious gap of difference what transpires is an even more amplified gap of anomaly from itself. Then the mundane becomes even more unbearably ordinary, where we are asked to not look for more meaning but to accept meaning that stares right back at us because "things do not simply appear, they appear to appear." Marking the midway phase of her residency, Martha Atienza opens her video-installation Man In Suite this Wednesday coupled with the laborious pickings of last months spent in an island you know where. So before you even think of retreating into that well-known dead days of Lent, come over and be equally faced with the similar introspection not into the unknown but into that place that we have always known.
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