September 16, 2022
Rising up in 90’s Paris, Reen Barrera would usually repurpose scraps of cloth and wooden into imaginative figures that became central to his engage in. The constructions had been stand-ins for what the Filipino artist considers a “toy-deprived” childhood, and right now, Berrera continues the visual language of people early sculptures in his recurring Ohala people.
Frequently dressed in stripes and animalistic patchwork hoods, the wildly expressive figures are coated in a chaotic mishmash of symbols and styles. Barrera likens these markings to the idiom “it’s created all more than your confront,” a strategy that, very similar to his previously figures, carries on to floor his follow. “Regardless of what we say, our genuine inner thoughts can even now be emancipated by our facial expressions,” the artist suggests. “For me, it’s a silent way of speaking a thing without having sounds.”
Barrera pairs this issue with fleeting emotion and much more personalized knowledge with greater themes about course and social standing. When some of the picket figures are rich with colorful materials and splotches of acrylic, oil, and aerosol paints, other folks are more small. “One detail that I want to emphasize is the amount of depth just about every Ohlala artwork has. Like human beings, some have little when some have additional,” he shares, conveying even further:
Some people today are born wealthy, some are born center class, some are born poor. But the prevalent floor for absolutely everyone is, we all have to offer with it… I cover all the Ohlala dolls heads with canvas cloth to give a independence to paint their possess symbols on their heads, as if they are building their very own fate. I guess that is what we all have in popular the power to make items come about for ourselves.
In a collaboration with Thinkspace Initiatives, Barrera’s solo clearly show Children of Divorce is on view as a result of January 15, 2023, at Mesa Present-day Artwork Museum. For a lot more of the artist’s works, visit his web page and Instagram.
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