“But if I had to choose a single destination where I’d be held captive for the rest of my time in New York, I’d choose the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”
“Posers” is a group exhibition that explores portraiture as a method of documentation and self-expression.
Local artists, illustrators and photographers will go beyond capturing physical likeness, challenging a traditional convention by using a diverse range of visual language – both cultural and contemporary. In examining the poser’s subtleties, the artist not only reveals the subject’s personality and history, but also his/her personal significance to the artist.
Today, portraiture is almost instantaneous – faces are everywhere and not only on people. They are seen on posters and magazines, computer and mobile screens, Facebook profiles and Instagram feeds. Portraits are posted of both humans and animals alike either mocked, adored or loved. Candid or not, these subjects become posers, representing an identity and a society that shapes it.
These studies and observed moments go beyond the simple act of capturing a face – stories are told and insights are unveiled. Collectively, the works in the exhibition will interpret the idea of meaningful portraiture as an ongoing dialogue between the poser, the artist and the society they live in.
I went to the opening reception at Oz studios with a couple of friends to support the artists involved in the exhibition. We admired the artwork and cheered on one of my best friends, Chelsea Canlas and her revered artworks. The opening reception was filled with admirers, art lovers and locals.