Art, love and sensuality

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By Danny B. Dangcalan

A Walk in the Park

Friday, May 9, 2014

“THERE’S a fine line between erotica and pornography,” says visual artist JunJun Montelibano, in explaining his latest paintings.

“Erotica depicts sexual love, it has subtle edges; while pornography, with its glaring light and visceral pictures, explicitly intends to cause sexual excitement,” he explains.

The 38-year-old artist opens his seventh solo exhibit titled "The Pop Erotik Show" today, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the Gallery Orange in Mandalagan, Bacolod City.


Done in oil, pastel, and acrylic, the 23 artworks deal with sexual love and is actually a “celebration of sensuality,” JunJun says.

“It’s not too detailed. I used simple and vibrant colors, it’s a mix of surreal and modern art,” he said in describing his paintings.

His artworks are less graphic although not exclusively chaste, bright but subtle, teasing—and leave the rest to your imagination.

All the artworks are chronologically arranged in Gallery A to tell the story of the sensual awakening of JunJun’s subject, a woman.

The first to greet you is “Education of Philips,” a three by eight-foot oil on canvas that depicts the discovery of sexual love. The succeeding paintings show her colorful journey into discovering her sexuality.

Wikipedia says, “The history of erotic depictions includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, dramatic arts, music, and writings that show scenes of a sexual nature throughout time. They have
been created by nearly every civilization, ancient and modern."

Thus in this exhibit, JunJun says, “Let’s accept eroticism as part of our culture.”

“The Pop Erotik Show” runs until May 31. Gallery Orange is open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 09, 2014.


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