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SOLACE

SOLACE

Copino’s exhibition, Solace, reveals how the artist has found safety, comfort, and intimacy within the confines of the domestic space. In the brass sculptures that share the title of the exhibition, a person fully inhabits the interior of a home, with only their legs jutting out. Flames emerge from the rooftops, perhaps an association of the warmth—physical or otherwise—that is said to be tended within the home. The sculptural pieces show how the house is not merely an extension of life but life itself.


Solace
Mark “Elias Kidat” Copino

When Odette devastated Cebu in December of last year, Mark “Elias Kidat” Copino, along with his family, retreated to Madridejos, a fishing village in Bantayan Island north of the province. While the artist already had a budding idea of what he wanted to present for Art Fair Philippines under Metro Gallery, it was the simplicity of small-town life and the distance from the commotion of urban life that nurtured his concept into fruition.

Copino’s exhibition, Solace, reveals how the artist has found safety, comfort, and intimacy within the confines of the domestic space. In the brass sculptures that share the title of the exhibition, a person fully inhabits the interior of a home, with only their legs jutting out. Flames emerge from the rooftops, perhaps an association of the warmth—physical or otherwise—that is said to be tended within the home. The sculptural pieces show how the house is not merely an extension of life but life itself.

In his paintings, Copino situates the figure Elias that functions as a stand-in for the artist. Shown against the flat and bold colors of a home (which achieves a graphic quality), the protagonist contends with its multiple meanings and associations. Copino’s background as a street artist is evinced by how Elias, for instance, is rendered as a stencil impression. The method allows the artist to decide on how transparent or opaque he wants the images to be, depending on the pressure he applies on the roller or the squeegee as it makes a passage on the canvas as he plays around with juxtapositions.

Solace—using a visual language that is spare, distilled, and highly metaphorical—ultimately contemplates what the artist calls as his “archive of experiences.” In translating his insight into the select corners of his life, Copino hopes that the viewer will see themselves reflected back by his works. “I’m just using my experiences for them to connect to their own experiences,” the artist states. Through this dialogic relationship, a bolt of understanding may occur, such as the fire that crowns the rooftops of Copino’s works.

-Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

Time & Location

Metro Gallery

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

14-B Ortega St., Addition Hills, San Juan, Philippines 1500