Julio San Jose, Ian Cadiong, Brenner Almirol, Bryan Pollero, Is Jumalon |

"At The End Of The - In No Time At All"

At The End Of The—

In No Time At All

by Taco Borja



The word week has its origins from terms meaning succession and change. These words are apparent in the works of these artists as they present their own take of ephemerality for this week-long exhibition. There is an opposing relationship to the limits of a week. How long an hour can take and how much hours there are in seven days, or how little time there is when placed in a year.


The empirical model of time is Julio San Jose’s attempt to break down the minute details comprising a week. How minutes turn to hours, and then to days, he calibrates these components as if to recreate a calendar. This meticulous and systematic archiving calls for individual reflection on the attempts to physically grasp time and redefine its importance.


Ian Cadiong brings into observation his relationship with time in his art practice— a study of his momentary engagement and disengagement towards his work. He delves into the fleetingness of his attention, recording the time it starts and when it ends, before he begins again. Compiling all these short-lived affairs, he intends to create a direct comparison between the span of his production and the span of the exhibition.


Going deeper to personal reflections, Bryan Pollero approaches ephemerality in his experiential process of trial and error in fulfilling the germination of his flower. As a developmental process of his interaction and intimate relationship with his subject, he records its brief dependence that when left to its independence while under the scrutiny of the audience and external forces, may or may not perish.


Bren Almirol plays with the natural phenomenon taking over his work. He creates an image from his object, a multi-dimensional exploration of the physical and chemical changes in one subject that demands a full observation spanning over the entire exhibition. As oxidation and evaporation take over his work, the values and elements vanish to portray the placid, almost unobservable, changes that empty his subject in that brief period.


Stepping out of the current time frame, Is Jumalon takes on the biblical incorporation of the seven days, the creation story that conceived the Garden of Eden, to contrast to the desolation brought by humans to its nations. She draws from movie stills of war films from 1996, the year she was born, to present, to portray the paradoxical landscape of the destruction and creation of man and woman as a form of genesis to society and a newfound understanding.

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