Drawing a Line

Drawing A Line at Galerie Roberto

In a world where reality can be as intangible as our split-second attention span and facts can easily be gathered as well as falsified; there is an urgent need to understand where our boundaries lie and to what extent are they malleable or strong enough to resist infringing forces. There is a line differentiating the Self from the Other, neighbor to oppressor, truth and untruth. It its important to note that these lines are constantly being drawn and redrawn- the question is by whom and for whom?

Drawing A Line asks 22 young artists to respond to this question with works that traverse personal, political and national boundaries.
A line is the basic element of art, a point breaking the empty surface. Drawing is one of the most basic skills taught in art school. To draw is to transfer what the eyes see onto paper, to be able to control and conjure images and idea into visual form. Artists Anjo Bolarda and Raymond Escoto Carlos plays with line as form through colorful graphic shapes and threaded leather in their multi-paneled works.

A line can define spaces on maps but actual country boundaries are as open-ended as the waters between them or as closed as the minds of the people within these spaces. China’s impingement on national territories offshore is the subject for artists Emen Batocabe (“Perverse Time”), Bam Garibay (“Payaso”, “Panatag”), Emard Cañedo (“Philippine Political Map 2019”), and Jason Delgado (“Im getting used to my new skin”), whose drawings and oil on canvas works range from the journalistically archaeological (Batocabe), satirical and grotesque (Garibay), sober but menacing (Delgado) to the pop conceptual (Cañedo). Lines also denote authority and conformity, how society keeps its citizens ‘in line’. Artists Christian Culangan (“Perfect Short”), Nina Garibay (“Välkommen till vår by”) tackle the ingrained
history of social norms and gender roles. Figurative lines, such as fluctuating emotional and mental states, and the idiosyncrasies of contemporary life, are seen in the graphic works of artists Getshemane Carnaje (“Bittersweet”), Kristie Calvadores, Delmo and Paola Germar (“Psychic Hotline :Maybe on your next life line”). Lui Gonzales’ collaged drawings (“Carla, Circa 1986—-“) and Oddin Sena’s graphite on canvas work (“Drawn To The Randomness Of Things”) create a more physical narrative of personal
and family timelines. Joen Sudlon (“Handog II”), Jo Tanierla (“Reconsider the Apple”) and Alee Garibay (“Territory”) have an existential approach to the theme; Sudlon with a child pensively holding cut leaves, Tanierla quaintly through a series of graphite drawings and the Garibay poetically, with a marbled statue’s feet floating in the clouds.

Thanks to “fake news”, manipulation of data, and outright lies told in both a personal and national scale, artists need to create art that helps to see the world with clearer eyes. The more we blur boundaries, the looser our grip is on the truth and on reality.

Featured artists: Alee Garibay, An Tolentino, Anjo Bolarda, Archie Ruga, Bam Garibay, Christian Culangan, Christian Tablazon, Dave Alcon, Delmo, Emard Cañedo, Gethsemane Carnaje, Jason Delgado, Jo Tanierla, Joen Sudlon, Kevin Jumadjao, Kristie Calvadores, Lui Gonzales,
Mariano Batocabe, Nina Garibay, Oddin Sena, Paola Germar, and Raymond Escoto Carlos.