PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

Beautiful Anarchy

11 March - 03 April 2015

JIGGER CRUZ 
Solo Exhibition
Deep down into the ecstasy of false modernism

 

 
Primo Marella Gallery is pleased to present “Deep down into the ecstasy of false modernism”, a solo exhibition by the talented emerging Filipino artist Jigger Cruz (1984, Manila). 
 
The title of the exhibition reflects Jigger Cruz’s art practice and his idea to play with defacement and vandalization, making use of the oil colour, the spray paint and the rough interventions on the canvases, which he uses to burn and, in some cases, even to cut.
 
The artworks made for this exhibition explore the concept of failure in the visual dialogue between utter surface and inner content, between past and present, between figuration and abstraction.
 
Each artwork was born from a painted canvas, where the artist copied the Flemish and Post-Renaissance masters. Apparently without a logical scheme, Cruz applies layer by layer the dense oil colour, not only hiding, rather mystifying the classical backdrop.
 
The endless tension towards limitlessness from one side and the proposal for a new figurative language from the other side leads the artist to exceed the formal frame-fixed boundaries, changing the frame itself from sheer decoration into work of art. The vintage frames are burnt and treated as a continuum of the painting itself.
 
The aesthetics of his art practice recalls the influences of artists as Bram Boggart, Willem de Kooning and the avant-garde spirit of Francis Picabia.
 
Cruz’s layers of pastos oil and spray paint guide the viewer to a sensorial experience which brings us closer to the sublime, where the smell of oil paints still lingers in the air.
Crucified Under the Melting Sky of Ideology

Cruz Jigger

Crucified Under the Melting Sky of Ideology
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 171 x 141

Crucified Under the Melting Sky of Ideology
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 171 x 141

Deep Down Into the Ecstasy of False Modernism

Cruz Jigger

Deep Down Into the Ecstasy of False Modernism
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 171 x 141

Deep Down Into the Ecstasy of False Modernism
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 171 x 141

Absentia

Cruz Jigger

Absentia
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 81 x 65

Absentia
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 81 x 65

Breath and Fell

Cruz Jigger

Breath and Fell
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 81 x 65

Breath and Fell
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 81 x 65

Neutral Void

Cruz Jigger

Neutral Void
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 81 x 65

Neutral Void
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 81 x 65

Trinitarian Formula; Great Corners Through the Eyes of the Moths

Cruz Jigger

Trinitarian Formula; Great Corners Through the Eyes of the Moths
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 55,8 x 71,12 (each)

Trinitarian Formula; Great Corners Through the Eyes of the Moths
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 55,8 x 71,12 (each)

(No More Starry Night) Portrait of an Imaginary Portrait

Cruz Jigger

(No More Starry Night) Portrait of an Imaginary Portrait
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 63,5 x 52

(No More Starry Night) Portrait of an Imaginary Portrait
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 63,5 x 52

Wrapped in the Melodrama of Gravity

Cruz Jigger

Wrapped in the Melodrama of Gravity
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 142 x 198

Wrapped in the Melodrama of Gravity
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 142 x 198

Sleeping Orange with Chaos

Cruz Jigger

Sleeping Orange with Chaos
2015
Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood
Cm 81 x 65

Sleeping Orange with Chaos
2015 - Oil and spray paints on canvas and wood - Cm 81 x 65

Lost in Paradigma

Cruz Jigger

Lost in Paradigma
2015
Watercolor on paper
Cm 26 x 18

Lost in Paradigma
2015 - Watercolor on paper - Cm 26 x 18

Sweet Monochromes

Cruz Jigger

Sweet Monochromes
2015
Watercolor on paper
Cm 26 x 18

Sweet Monochromes
2015 - Watercolor on paper - Cm 26 x 18

The Fall of Gray

Cruz Jigger

The Fall of Gray
2015
Watercolor on paper
Cm 26 x 18

The Fall of Gray
2015 - Watercolor on paper - Cm 26 x 18

Towards the Within

Cruz Jigger

Towards the Within
2015
Watercolor on paper
Cm 26 x 18

Towards the Within
2015 - Watercolor on paper - Cm 26 x 18