Kaleidoscope: Colors of Hope

FOR ARTIST, teacher, and curator Ega Carreon, there is no such thing as an ‘ugly’ painting. For him, even paintings that depict something unappealing or unusual are made with a profound sense of aesthetics, a beautifying of sorts. And in the process of beautifying more than the final form, Ega Carreon finds a space of hope.

ARTIST Rob Tanedo in front of Alex Alagon's Hope After Destruction

ARTIST Rob Tanedo in front of Alex Alagon’s Hope After Destruction

It is in this space of hope that Carreon anchors the core of the latest group exhibit he curated. Entitled “Kaleidoscope: Colors of Hope”, the art exhibit opened on December 8 at the second floor of Morning Light Gallery on Quirino Street, this city.

Featured are the artworks of Ega Carreon, George Abaigar, Alex Alagon, JJ Vajejei Bandigan, Cristine Cadavas, Ludwig Ilio, Maria Kaye, Charlimayl Macadawan, Donn Mangulimotan, Maebel Monte, Elvi Tamayo, Rob Tañedo, and Carola Wedekind. The curated works are a combination of acrylic on canvas, photography, and acrylic prints.

MAEBEL Monte, paintings Mystical Embrace and Somewhere in Time

MAEBEL Monte, paintings Mystical Embrace and Somewhere in Time

Kaleidoscope: Colors of Hope is primarily a culminating activity for Carreon’s workshop classes. Some of the exhibited works are those of his students including those of Maebel Monte, Elvi Tamayo, and Charlimayl Macadawan. Aside from acrylic on canvas works, of prominence are the creations that feature what Carreon calls “innovative printing”, a technique he improvised from a similar printing technique that he mastered during his time at the Art Students League of New York.

Also notable in the exhibit are the array of giclee painting reproductions. Giclee is a digital printing technology that allows for paintings to be reprinted on canvas – a method that is gaining more popularity in the local art scene.

In keeping up with the times, the Carreon-curated exhibit was also dedicated to the Marawi residents displaced by war. And so the theme of hope was also translated in several pieces by contributing artists. One such contributor is German artist and recent Davao transplant, Carola Wedekind, with a pair of pastel works entitled “Driven Out” and “Entrance”.

THE Artists


The dark tones of “Driven Out”, dominated by shades of navy and indigo, depict the bleakness of the situation of people having to leave everything behind in the face of conflict. In stark contrast, the depiction of an entry way drawn in bright crimson, orange, and yellow tones in “Entrance” symbolize the importance of keeping the hope alive as people driven out by war try to go on and enter a new phase of their lives after the conflict. Wedekind, who moved to the Philippines in August, has multiple of her works featured in the exhibit but only these two have been created here in the country and that the situation in Marawi had inspired the two artworks.

The exhibit runs until December 22.

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