Consistency at inconsistency

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Kuras 2x

TODAY Cebu, tomorrow New York. Well, in October to be exact.

COMING fresh off an exhibit last year in Makati City, Metro Manila, Ronyel Compra’s fourth solo show is a backroom sale for all the artist’s previous artworks and for his planned artist immersion program in New York sponsored by the 856 G Gallery. The show, now held at the same gallery, which is located at Business Walls Building, 856 A.S. Fortuna St., Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu, holds “no particular theme.”

“These are selected, experimental drawings and prints since early 2005, mostly non-figurative works on paper and canvas. [This is] mainly a preparation for the artist immersion in New York and sort of a warm-up for the next body of artworks,” Ronyel explains.


It is a little odd to see these days an art exhibit without a central theme. Although for those who have followed Ronyel’s works since his debut, a little randomness is obviously one of this artist’s greater strengths.

“I’m not consistent,” Ronyel states when asked about what he deems is his own personal trademark. “The look of the painting changes from a certain series, from each appearance. It naturally doesn’t follow a consistent style or method. The way I see it; each work bears the energy and youthful playfulness whether on a portrait or a mixed media scribbling.”

Ronyel took up Fine Arts and majored in painting in the University of the Philippines-Cebu. He decided to pursue the arts seriously by the time he finished his first one-man show and his thesis art production around late 2007.

Ever since then the artist has grown ever more comfortably with his calling after each painting or artwork produced. Ronyel feels that his works are “just a result of the process, and that the process in itself is where the real fruit and beauty can be savored.”

Although the backroom sale does not provide anything relatively new for Ronyel’s eyes, art patrons in the city may still find a bit of freshness in the gallery, where over 60 of his artworks are displayed. His consistency at being inconsistent—as he himself would say—is obvious with his preference of a medium. He claims that he doesn’t really have a favorite medium and that he just uses different materials that he can gather and applies them in whatever method possible.

“I tend to mix everything from an oil-based colors or water-based medium. I tend to include actual elements from my surroundings, like soil, bones, stones, twigs and wood charcoals. I gather and play around with my materials.”

The innovative young artist is pretty much into the contemporary, looking up to innovative artists like Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, two of the many artists that he considers as major influences. But though early in years, Ronyel has found a groove and if there’s one thing that’s consistent as well—it’s growth.

“I keep being myself and keep doing what I love doing, I don’t really force myself to consciously create away from the others. I just keep creating, be contented and discontented with my works.”

After his stint on October, another exhibit with artworks produced from the outcome of the residency will be launched after at the same gallery. Backroom Sale will be open to the public until end of August.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 12, 2014.


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