November 7 ( Thu ) to November 23 ( Sat ), 2013
|Mideo M. Cruz|
The exhibit entitled, I Am Watching You, delves into the false deities of postmodern societies and how the profane and corrupt has become part and parcel of everyday existence. The minimal set of new works is basically part of the artist’s series on earthly deities. These figurative symbols are based on ancient beliefs but done in contemporary manner.
The works are a continuation of the artist’s series on deities done in 2010. As art writer Lisa Ito puts it: “Rather than representing idols as mystical objects to be revered, Cruz deconstructs and offers them as homages to fallible gods and effigies of the sacred, now steeped in modernity and profaned… The artist’s works are often deliberate critiques and commentaries speaking from within the context of the Philippine cultural landscape: a terrain ubiquitously marked—or marred--by the persistence of feudal-age folk Catholicism and poverty amidst the economic and social hegemonies of changing colonial empires and dictatorships overt and implied.”