RENATO ORARA - ‘TEN THOUSAND THINGS THAT BREATHE’

12mar(mar 12)10:00 am27(mar 27)7:00 pmRENATO ORARA - ‘TEN THOUSAND THINGS THAT BREATHE’MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Renato Orara’s ongoing series 'Ten Thousand Things That Breathe', first started in 1989, arrives at a timely moment. The notion of materiality and ‘object authenticity‘ has eroded through two years of the pandemic; with forced social interaction through networked systems and crypto having shifted ideas of reality and value.

Event Details

Renato Orara – ‘Ten Thousand Things That Breathe’ 

22 March – 5 April 2022 

Silverlens Galleries, Manila, Philipines  

Renato Orara’s ongoing series ‘Ten Thousand Things That Breathe’, first started in 1989, arrives at a timely moment. The notion of materiality and ‘object authenticity‘ has eroded through two years of the pandemic; with forced social interaction through networked systems and crypto having shifted ideas of reality and value. So it is with delight that we return to Renato’s decades-long series with new works whose act of transfer forces the viewer to reconsider notions of time and reality

In the series, Renato uses pen and paper and becomes a conduit for the object he is going to transfer, and in a slow, meticulous process, he places ink onto the paper, building up layers to finally achieve the object.

Upon closer regard there is something unsettling about the pieces in ‘Ten Thousand Things That Breathe’. They are not exactly accurate representations of the subjects he chooses. While there is the object depicted on paper, there are also the moments in between—the shifting angles of perspective, the shape of the paper that contains his marks, the density of marks in relation to one another, and the manner in which these marks interact with the negative space. Each piece becomes an object in and of itself. 

The idea of the pieces as tactile objects is further reinforced by the asymmetric framing created by tearing the edges of the paper as Renato draws. This brings tension between the rendered object and the artificial environment it exists in. A conversation takes place between the additive process to conjure the object, and the subtractive method of taking parts of its environment away.  

Image Credit: Silverlens Galleries and the artist 

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Time

12 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 27 (Sunday) 7:00 pm

Location

Manila, Philippines