Sinister Kids: A fusion-injection

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By George Pontino Jr.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

As humans, we have the ability to understand what we experience and encounter around us. What we have is more than instincts. We are equipped with rational thinking to justify things and we try to give a solution to every problem.

But sometimes humanity is full of sentimental side which we can't fully understand. This sentimental part allows us to give meaning to our pains. This is what artists usually focus on and many achieve it by turning thoughts, which are intangible, into visual expressions.

Visual expression is a kind of propaganda of the mind, created from intense emotions and inspiration using different media. That's why the power of advertising or social media works on many ways. And so does arts.


Sometimes, having sentiments against humanity can even be good for artists as this drives them to delve into their inner creative self and share them to society as a wake-up call.

This is true for our local contemporary artists Eri Chew Aikawa and Ryo Tupas, who recently collaborated in an exhibit called Sinister Kids that is still on exhibit at the Gallery Orange in Bacolod until Sept. 1.

The exhibit was their way of sharing their sentiments to humankind. They even make gallery visitors throw their own emotional sides through an interactive art which consists of applying red paint into a blank canvas with a syringe. The injection-inspired art piece evolves as everyone can join. 

Having some Japanese blood in their genes, the two have been sharing their Japanese art influences to Bacolod which they call home.  

Eri shares that her style is deeply influenced by Japanese culture. Her works have subtle depictions of her childhood.

Ryo's influences encompass the Edo period of Japanese art particularly that of Katsushika Hokusai (an artist famous for his The Great Wave off Kanagawa masterpiece done in 1820s). For Ryo, the simplicity of Hokusai's works has changed his perception of workmanship.

For Eri and Ryo, it's been overdue for their ideas to infuse together and to start making a statement. Their artworks show their sinister sides with a touch of mystery, innocence and even nostalgic stares of lost childhood.

Rio's approach on creating chaos in vibrant pieces brings balance to Eri's memoir-like images and installations.

If you're an art enthusiast, a collector or someone who wants to experience a fresh creative endeavor, I'm inviting you to check out the duo's works at Gallery Orange which opens from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

It's about freeing yourself from daily cliches by immersing yourself to Sinister Kids' sentimental pieces. Try to be sinister. Create. Interact. Inject.

George Pontino Jr. was the Lifestyle editor of Sun.Star Bacolod from 2002 to 2008. He currently works as a graphic artist/illustrator for publishing company SRMG which owns, an English-language daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2014.


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