Finale Art File opened Geraldine Javier’s show, Landscape as a State of Mind is a Landscape, on the first week of May 2015.
This show has a very earthy feel to it, very different from when I first saw her works in 2007 at the Art Center.
Having visited her and her (WIP) studio and home in Batangas, I see where she gets her inspiration from.
“Her work has often been seen as gloomy and death obsessed, but it is always enlivened by a quirky sense of humour and an instinctive feel for materials – as well as paintings she makes collages, fabric works and installations. “**
Geraldine occupied the whole gallery, which she did very well. There was so much to see — all very beautiful and very organic. Though it wasn’t the typical nature-themed show. Her colors titled towards the neutral/darker hue.
“But anyone expecting peaceful images of flowers, trees and sunsets in her next exhibition at Finale Art File will be disappointed. She finds beauty in other places: when her partner brought her a bunch of roses she patiently waited for them to die before painting them; in another set of works she has used embroidered scenes of ultra-violence from Kubrick’s movie A Clockwork Orange; in unexpected transformations strange, alien creatures enter her garden and her paintings.” **
“If, like most of us, you have lived most of your life in the town, the country is a place of imagination and fantasy. For her, once she is there, planting plants, walking her dogs, listening to the wind, setting up photo shoots with local children, it is a complete, multi-layered world. Immersed in the reality of her landscape, memories and images flood in.” **
I too would want to live in the province someday
Not so good for my mom though because she was dragged around by our friend’s child who kept asking what the meaning of each work was.
in the video room
** all quotes from finaleartfile.com