Throughout history, artists had been celebrated in their portrayals of the different realities they continue to witness. In illustrating their own rendition of the world around them, a sense of sentimentality is observed that could only be translated from what the eye sees to what the hand chooses to draw. The artists in this show proceed with the task of taking something from their own engagement with reality to produce and develop this into what could be characterized as their own take on “hyper-realism.” The works from the show echo influences of the Hyperrealist movement in the early 21 st century, which was founded on the thought brought by the French
Philosopher Jean Baudrillard. Here, the understanding of the artists’ own realities are paralleled in their owndepictions of Baudrillard’s claim based on “the simulation of something which never really existed.”

More than the idea of hyper-realism, the works in this collection reflect what Plato says in his ancient theory of mimesis that all art is mimetic by nature; that art is an imitation of life. This emphasizes that art has the ability to copy life and capture someone’s interpretation of life by the thousandfold: things may not be always at it seems as there are elements about life that could be exaggerated in some form or shape, which could draw similarities to how the mind can be similar and different from what the eye perceives.

In “#Hype-R”, the assimilation of the artists in their works cover familiar themes in each of their pieces. Here, we look at the many ways of how art can transcend realities through images and illustrations of figures, people, and places; how introspection renders the closest possible connection between the imagination and the reality.

– Gwen Bautista

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