Ronald Ventura

Metaphysics of Skin

September 17, 2009 — October 31, 2009


ENLARGE

The Strong and the Beautiful (Si Malakas At Si Maganda), 2009

oil on canvas

72 x 144 in. (183 x 366 cm)

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Pop!, 2009

oil on canvas

96 x 72 in. (244 x 183 cm)

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Second Skin, 2009

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)

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Echo, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Rainbow for Nothing, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Mother's Mark, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Magenta, 2009

oil on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Metaphysics of Skin, 2009

oil on canvas, push pins, found objects

85 x 51 ½ in (216 x 131 cm)

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Arena 1, 2009

oil on canvas paper

25 ½ x 19 ⅝ in. (65 x 50 cm)

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Arena 2, 2009

oil on canvas paper

25 ½ x 19 ⅝ in. (65 x 50 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 10 ½ - 16 in. (26.5 - 41 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 10 - 14 in. (25.5 - 35.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

Zoomanities, 2008

fiberglass resin, acrylic polyurethane paint

dimensions variable, approx. 8 - 12 in. (20 x 30.5 cm)

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

 

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

 

 

ENLARGE

Installation View of "Metaphysics of Skin" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 17 - October 31, 2009

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present the first solo exhibition for Ronald Ventura in the United States. One of the most acclaimed contemporary artists from the Philippines, Ventura has garnered significant international attention in recent years. He now ranks among the leading younger artists in Southeast Asia.

Entitled Metaphysics of Skin, the exhibition features a new series of paintings, some large in scale, along with sculptures and works on paper. It marks his first showing since his major solo exhibition at the NUS Museum in Singapore, Mapping the Corporeal, in 2008. While the Singapore show explored the inner mechanics of the body, Ventura’s new works take inspiration from the human skin itself.

Ventura views skin as an expressive surface – written on with tattoos, concealed under layers of imagery, or exploding outwards to reveal an inner world of fantasy and conflict. Making ample use of the bravura techniques that he is known for, Ventura combines images and styles ranging from hyperrealism to cartoons and graffiti. The paintings have a complex layering that creates unexpected juxtapositions of images and moods.

Ventura takes this layering process as a metaphor for the multifaceted national identity of the Philippines. Over the centuries, the profound influences of various occupying powers – Spain, Japan, and the United States – along with the underlying indigenous culture, have produced a complex and at times uneasy sense of identity. Ventura explores this historic and psychic phenomenon through a dialogue of images evoking East and West, high and low, old and young – seen, for example, in allusions to Old Master paintings or Japanese and American cartoons. He draws our attention to the “second skin” of cultural signifiers that each person carries with him, however unwittingly.

Metaphysics of Skin is a compelling and provocative statement about contemporary life from one of the Philippines’ most dynamic visual artists.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

ArtSlant, Supraconscious Appropriations

October, 2009


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GENERAL PRESS

ART REPUBLIK, Magick & Belief

April, 2017


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Philippine Tatler, The Art Provocateur

2015


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Blouin Artinfo.com Asia Edition, Ronald Ventura Taking on the World

2013


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Southeast Asian Contemporary Art Now, The Philippines

2013


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Luxury Properties Magazine, Uncanny Icons

November, 2012


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Flash Art, Ronald Ventura

2012


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Watching the Watchmen Catalogue

2012


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Ronald Ventura Recyclables

2012


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The New York Times, A Filipino Artist’s Fantastical Vision, Finely Crafted

November, 2011


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Dossier Journal, Ronald Ventura

2011


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The Art Economist, Ronald Ventura

2011


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Skull Style: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design, Ronald Ventura

2011


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The Luxury Channel, 8 Asian Artists to Watch

2010


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Art Asia Pacific Almanac, Philippines

2010


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A Duad in Play, Posthuman Monstrosities, Posthuman Toys

2010


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Without Walls, Ronald Ventura

2010


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Public Art, Ronald Ventura

2009


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Philippine Tatler, Tittle Tattle

October, 2009


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Art Notes, South East Asia

October, 2009


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Spot, Filipino artist exhibits in New York

September, 2009


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Artepinas, Metaphysics of Skin

September, 2009


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Filipinas, Ventura’s Vision

September, 2009


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+Koultura, The Strong and The Beautiful

August, 2009


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The Swank Style, Ace Ventura ] Ronald’s first US show explores the second skin

August, 2009


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Limité Magazine, Ronald Ventura

2009


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Contemporary Art Philippines, The World According to Ronald Ventura

2009


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Time, A New York City gallery showcases art from Southeast Asia

December, 2008


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National University of Singapore, Mapping the Corporeal

September, 2008


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Prague Biennale 4, Ronald Ventura

2008


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