Emerging Filipino contemporary artist Ryan Uy presents his first solo exhibition, At the edge of dawn, online at the Qube Gallery from August 19 to September 2. Using images of origami cranes and the faceless boys he became known for, Uy tells the story of his own journey of self-discovery and healing as he navigates life a year later. the death of his father .
The idea of using origami images arose from the ancient Japanese belief that your wish will come true if you fold a thousand paper cranes. “When my dad was diagnosed with cancer, I started folding origami cranes hoping my wish would be granted. Unfortunately, he got it right before I could even finish the thousandth piece. I knew I would never get my wish, so I used the cranes as a metaphor for my grief instead.
The faceless boys who feature strongly in his plays, he says, represent himself and many others who go through the same struggles. “This is my way of saying, I know what you are going through and I sympathize with you. It’s a reminder that there is a lesson under all this pain. And that things always improve over time.
Unlike his previous works, there is restraint in these pieces. They are more minimalist, the colors are more muted, almost monochrome, with an element of poetry hidden under the layers of paint. “Before, my first instinct was to fill every space in my canvases with origami cranes because I wanted to remember the pain of losing my father, not knowing that painting them over and over would help me heal.”
Aside from faceless heads, Ryan has shown a penchant for painting other parts of the body, as evidenced by his previous work, “This is for You,” where two hands hold out pieces of origami cranes. His “Walk with Grief” series features legs – possibly boys painted in his other canvases – going either left, right, or forward, which seems to suggest that whichever route you take, they go to you. will all lead somewhere.
At the Brink of Dawn runs August 19 through September 2 on qubegallery.ph. The physical exhibition is scheduled to open provisionally on August 21 at the Qube Gallery, Cross Roads, Gov. Mr. Cuenco Avenue, Cebu City, pending the lifting of quarantine restrictions.
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