Vincent Padilla at Tala Gallery

Taking its name from the political French film La Bravade Legendaire (1978), Les Bravades Legendaire (The Legendary Braggarts) follows the sequence of Vincent Padilla’s parody of gloriafied dignitaries in the society from Pilier and Oubliette. Padilla heavily bombards this one-man exhibit with varying themes of guile and deceit; backstabbing; and blatant hypocrisy contained in the bravado of an impervious socio-political circus. The artist cushions this vehement political foray with whimsical potbellied figures floating or mounted on what the artist calls ‘pillars of shame’ set against an abysmal perceptive space.

Les Bravades Legendaire (The Legendary Braggarts) is showing from September 6 – 25, 2009 at Tala Gallery 100 Scout De Guia Street, (nr. Tomas Morato), Kamuning, Quezon City, Philippines. Cocktails will be on September 13, 2009 at 7:00 PM.

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CJ Tanedo “COMPULSION”

Solo exhibition of CJ Tañedo entitled “COMPULSION” at Tala Gallery opens on July 12, 2009 at 7PM

Compulsion (/com·pul·sion/ |k?m p?l sh?n|, derivative of compellere, “to urge” in Latin): the state or action of forcing or being forced to do an act against the will and as an overwhelming recurring innate impulse to behave in a certain manner opposed to the preference of the individual.

The impetus for this exhibition, entitled “Compulsion,” is the seeming contradiction embodied in the fundamental meaning of the word itself. In this one-man show, CJ Tañedo invites us to trudge through a surreal universe illuminated by the artist’s recent works. As is characteristic of most of Tañedo’s oeuvre, the paintings in this exhibition are infused with a strongly yet subtly ambiguous atmosphere, evoking deeply-conflicting sentiments and emotions.

Opening reception for “Compulsion” is on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Tala Gallery, 100 Scout De Guia Street, Quezon City. The exhibition runs through August 3, 2009.