IT was a night of fine art as Franco-American artist Alexander Charriol’s Human Flow IV exhibition recently opened in the Philippines with the support of Altro Mondo, a local gallery that continuously seeks to showcase contemporary art from here and abroad.
Known for having brought big names in the global art scene to local soil, Alro Mondo invited Charriol who has exhibited and been collected by some of the most prestigious art galleries and museums around the world including the LHTM Gallery in New York, the Ayala Museum in the Philippines, the Yoshii Gallery of Paris and Japan and ArtSpace Dubai.
The highly anticipated, two-week exhibit of Charriol’s newest large-scale paintings showcased the young painter’s deep engagement with the human condition. It was evident through his works that culture and everyday interaction are the focus of his latest exhibit.
Using expansive canvases, Charriol’s pastel and mixed media works are dominated by somber and inquisitive figures, either clustered in crowds, or solitary with nuanced distance between each silhouette.
From the artworks, one can imagine figures in a crowded train, bustling down a city street or perhaps languid in a nightclub. The whole range of emotion involved with human interaction can be seen—anxiety, bliss, familiarity and anonymity brim in these situations.
The work may be autobiographical, but it is overwhelmingly universal—a visual poem that tackles the entangled nature of who we are. Like each of his previous exhibitions, Human Flow IV seems to ask the viewer to excavate what is organic versus what is conflicted when people come together in daily life.
Before pursuing an artistic career full time, Charriol continued formal art and painting at college at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and then the New School in New York City.
Manila’s social circuit and art enthusiasts graced the affair to celebrate with Charriol. Personalities like National Artist Arturo Luz, Betsy Westen–dorp, glass sculptor Ramon Orlina, former Cultural Center of the Philippines president Nestor Jardin, Ballet Philippines president Margie Moran Floriendo and Lane Moving’s Virginia Lane are just a few of the admirers who celebrated with the artist.