Gary Custodio on being ‘There’

In Photo: adjacent 1, 48×48 acrylic on canvas, 2016, House 1—Three Houses, 48×48 acrylic on canva,s 2016 and Occupied 5X5 triptych, 5’x1′,5’x3′,5’x1′ acrylic on canvas, 2016

By Tito Genova Valiente / titovaliente@yahoo.com

Gary Custodio’s latest solo exhibiton at Ysobel Art Gallery runs on a cryptic title: There. Location and mislocation are at the center of this prize-winning painter’s newest abstract presentation. The curator’s notes talk of how There is “an abstract representation of the artist’s childhood experience” and “is inspired by the artist’s experience of relocating from one area to another until a final permanent settlement was found.” As he was growing up in the province, Custodio recalls a life that was far from easy.

This unease made it “unquestionably necessary to migrate from one distinct site to another.” The artist, according to the notes, “frames an abstract perception of this specific experience and offers the viewer a chance to play with the intertwined ideas of uncertainty and ambiguity.”


There, according to the artist, pertains to either the “undefined location” or the act of pointing to a nonparticular direction typically by pouting the lips, which is basically a typical Filipino gesture.

In the words of the artist as he talks about a common encounter in the past: “When I was very young, whenever somebody asked me where I live, I’d simply say ‘there.’”

The works included in the series called Three Houses are what Custodio considers as key pieces in the exhibition. These works are described as indicating the artist’s “ability to construct a distinctive geography of lines, shapes, color and pattern, while varying shades of blue and gray dominate the canvases.”

There will open on July 2 at Ysobel Art Gallery, Serendra, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. To know more about the exhibition, contact Mark Tiongco at 0928-5071117, 576-4758 or e-mail mark.sancheztiongco@gmail.com.

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