A visual representation of ‘infobesity’

INFOXICATION, or commonly known as information overload, is a growing problem of the present generation due to the many places where information is constantly flowing. Different forms of media divide people’s attention and mix all the information in a pool that’s overflowing. Various information no longer filtered makes it quite difficult for people to stand for a specific issue and make an appropriate conclusion.

With all the chaos and disorganization that has led to this generation’s infoxication or infobesity, Filipino artist Gerardo Tan—as his first exhibition in Cebu—took it into an artist’s perspective and made a visual representation of this phenomenon through his exhibit Anagrams launched on May 26 and running until June 25 in 856G Gallery. Anagrams is a commentary on the current problem of “information overload” that has made the audience targets and victims of the multiplication and reproduction of images at an instant.

In its ordinary sense, anagrams are words formed by playing with letters, mixing these together forming different words. In Tan’s exhibition, the mixing of images represents the chaos and disturbance of today’s messages, representing different ideas, thus creating a new medium in art.

Tan is a multi-media artist who earned his BFA degree in painting at the University of the Philippines, and on a Fulbright grant, earned his MFA degree in Painting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Tan has worked with object and photo-based installations, artists’ books, collages and mixed media paintings over the years. His recent collage-based paintings fuse digital prints and paint, probing postmodern concepts of originality and individual style.

The artist has participated in over two dozen solo and over 40 group exhibitions in the Philippines and internationally as well. His recent solo show before the launching of Anagrams was in Archivo Gallery in Makati, Metro Manila in September 2015.

His previous works have been included in: Manila Vice at MIAM Sete in France; Bastards of Misrepresentation: Doing Time on Filipino Time at Freies Museum Berlin (2010); Pause, the fourth Gwangju Biennale (2002); Signs of Life, the first Melbourne Biennale (1999); the 44th Western New York Exhibition at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1992), and the second Asian Art Show in Fukuoka, Japan (1985).

Tan’s work is also in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Singapore Art Museum, The National Gallery of Singapore, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and a broad range of private collectors.

856G Gallery is located on A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu.

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