Artwork with multiple interpretations

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

THERE'S no need for Revo Yanson to explain his artwork to you. Even if he's not around to do the explaining, you can interpret them based on your perspective.

"I'm always interested in art that uses forms and symbols to evoke emotive responses. Art that uses ambiguity, irony, symbolism and leave the artwork open to multiple interpretations relative to the viewer's experience," Revo says of his works.

So, perhaps, you can give it a try. Yanson will have his fourth solo exhibit next month.


Dubbed "RevoYanson@NegrosMuseum," the exhibit will open at The Negros Museum in Bacolod on September 2 at 6 p.m. It will run until October 2.

His exhibit will showcase his most recent works: 10 paintings (acrylic and oil on canvas) and 15 paper works (ink on paper).

Yanson has done three solo exhibits and 23 group exhibitions.

He says his recent artwork is his attempt to record his creative journeys.

"It will give a glimpse and visual experience on my perspective on the environmental, psychological and metaphysical realities," he adds.

In this exhibit, Yansons says, "I wanted to invite the viewers to go beyond the aesthetic value of an artwork and not to remain on the surface. I wanted to experiment with artwork that speaks and communicates beyond the mental plane."

Yanson finished his Fine Arts degree at the La Consolacion College. He co-founded KAMI art group and Rhymes of Resistance -- a monthly poetry reading in Negros Island.

On the opening of his fourth solo exhibit, there will be poetry readings and performances from Kenneth Ian Rivera, Rommel Labatos, Oscar Moises, and Yanson himself.

Affiliated with DIHON, Yanson's works focus on the psychological and metaphysical condition of the living entities. He is concerned with art that transcends social borders and reflects the innermost realms of our consciousness.

In 1997, he bagged the grand prize of the International Art Fest-Paraw Regatta painting competition held in Boracay Island.

Yanson has been the editorial cartoonist of Sun.Star Bacolod since 1992.

"I think of my art as a visual poetry, an outpouring of my cognitive, affective and psychomotor faculties. I have been following the spontaneous flow of these images for many years, watching with fascination their repetition and evolution. The feeling of connection is there and so I continue to trust their value and importance," Yanson adds.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 23, 2014.


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