The sinister side of humanity

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Monday, August 11, 2014


THEY are certainly young but these two budding visual artists already know the evil side of humanity.

Eri Chew Aikawa and Ryo Tupas opened a duo exhibit titled, “Sinister Kids” at the Gallery Orange last Friday, Aug. 8, to depict this dark side of humanity, which is, among others, having impure thoughts.

“Everyone’s bound to have impure thoughts regardless of religion, education or breeding. It may sound dark, and yes sinister, but blatantly honest,” goes their exhibit blurb.

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Tupas and Aikawa are both graduates of the La Consolacion College-Bacolod’s School of Fine Arts. Tupas majored in advertising and Aikawa in painting.

The collaboration features small to medium-sized oil and acrylic paintings and an art installation. It depicts hatred, bitterness and just plain evil thoughts.

The exhibit focuses on the materialization of the devious thoughts the artists have in mind about society and life in general.

Both artist share strong sentiments of how humanity put up a facade nowadays which is very different from the past. They admit that they cannot say it aloud, that is why they paint and speak their feelings in a creative manner. They do not paint anger literally, but rather in a symbolic way.

The artists also stress that their works are not about angst, but an intrinsic part of every human being. “We are all capable of good and evil, but this exhibit focuses more on the evil nature of man,” they said.

The exhibit will run until August 31. (With Bea Singuay/UNO-R Mass Communication intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 11, 2014.

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