Niccolo Jose and “Remember_____” at Galerie Roberto
“Since last year, people would frequently begin conversations with “Remember……” For this exhibition, I wanted to highlight those we miss by sculpting abstracted forms that convey the psyche of togetherness. The pieces are meant to be a reflection of resonating moments we’ve had with others.” Thus remarked the sculptor Niccolo Jose, on his exhibition titled “Remember _____”, opening on July 14 at Galerie Roberto.
Niccolo Jose studied at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. In 2010, he earned a double degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. Returning to his home country, he learned about Philippine wood and honed his skills with the use of numerous carpentry and sculpting tools. Using sustainably sourced wood from old structures, reclaimed wooden railroad ties, and felled trees during typhoons, Jose diversified into a variety of woodworking projects while creating ever more ecologically sensitive sculptures. Most of the pieces are reclaimed wood, ebonized and lacquered, and mounted on marble. Jose deftly asserts the graceful and almost balletic contortions and distortions of the wood, a monolithic block astonishingly hollowed out, to release the vital form and shape that would convey, in abstracted and symbolic contour, such human emotions as affection and tenderness, joy and celebration, conveyed through the exaltation of dance, embrace, and flight. So enveloped are the sculptures in reflected light and air, that they seem relieved of mass and weight.
Declares Jose: “Coming out of this pandemic, I hope that everyone has a better sense of gratitude and appreciation for life and the borrowed time we spend with the people we are close to and love.”