Bach at the ‘Surface’

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 To Marc Gaba, ‘Surface’ is a form of psychological cartography, his individual poems to moments

To Marc Gaba, ‘Surface’ is a form of psychological cartography, his individual poems to moments

Artist’s works inspired by classical German composer’s piece

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THE Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Surface, a solo exhibition by Marc Gaba, which was unveiled on March 19 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Pasilyo Vicente Manansala.

The artworks in Surface each correspond to one variation in the renowned classical music piece entitled “Goldberg Variations” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Gaba explains that each image is created based on a listening of each variation, and how he feels the artwork interacts with the variation.

Generally classified under fine art photography, the variations are composed of collaged images that were once autonomous of each other. All of the images used were taken from the Internet. While working on the series, the artist is on a continuous search for elements to use, but he says that most often, like a poem, sometimes it starts with just a phrase.

Each light box is an ambiguous story in itself. It is almost impossible to see all the nuances and minute details in one viewing. But formally speaking, the artist defines each work as a study on balance.

 ‘Surface variation 10’

‘Surface variation 10’

To Gaba, his exhibit is a form of psychological cartography, his individual poems to moments. They are about dreams, lullabies, writing, literature, imagination, and epistemology. But from a timelier point of view, each diorama or tableau in the series is also about the Internet. This is one of the reasons why the artist chose to exhibit them as light boxes, mirroring the screens used to go into the World Wide Web. Each box is an interfacing of the actual world and is a window to and of information.

Supported by Galleria Duemila, Surface runs until April 19. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at 832-1125 to 39, e-mail ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

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