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    Nicole Coson opens second exhibit at finale Art File

     The artist’s works combine printmaking and painting to create fleeting impressions

    The artist’s works combine printmaking and painting to create fleeting impressions

    Opening on April 6 at Finale Art File is a solo show featuring new works by Nicole Coson. Her sixth solo exhibition and second show at the gallery, Process of Elimination combines printmaking and painting to create fleeting impressions of stone on sand, reminiscent of rock arrangements and dry landscape gardens.

    On view at the Tall Gallery, the exhibit also recomposes a rock arrangement through a breakdown of its elements. The stones rebuild their size and mass upon the canvas and at the center, lengths of blue velvet catches the invisible plane of arrangement.

    Based between London and Manila, Coson completed her BA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and held her first solo exhibition, Spirit Captures in 2013.

    Process of Elimination’ is nicole Coson’s sixth solo show and the second at the Finale art Fil

    Process of Elimination’ is nicole Coson’s sixth solo show and the second at the Finale art Fil

    For its visitors, the precise arrangement of stone and sand in the famous Ryoanji Garden in Kyoto maintains a playful tradition of conjecture: a mother tiger carrying her baby cubs across the river, islands between the sea, enlightenment, emptiness.

    Following her exploration of captured phantoms and flash constructions, Nicole Coson’s practice builds upon the way such impressions develop in the mind. Here, stone against sand are like clouds against sky, where the instinct to “make sense “of such formations is a generative but ultimately misleading exercise.

    Visit Finale Art File at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Gallery hours are from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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