January 28, 2023
“After Eden” is a Two-man Exhibition featuring works by Crystal Tranquilino and Naomi Mendoza.
Taking inspiration from Hieronymous Bosch’s ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’, Naomi Mendoza and Crystal Tranquilino revisit their experiences dealing with humans’ insatiable desire for more and explores the consequences borne out of these actions.
In ‘After Eden’, real and fantastical creatures mingle. With macabre skulls that allude to death and snakes tightly wrapped in their own body–struggling to get out of their looming, self-imposed death–Mendoza takes us through her experience of understanding betrayal and dealing with a bizarre sense of pain and longing. “Things go from once a very loving and peaceful relationship down to their demise with just one selfish act. And yet, somehow, we still never learn”, Mendoza writes.
Her use of dark, delicate imagery combined with pastel colors – a recurring quality in her compositions, offers us an otherworldly approach to understanding the recesses of our humanity that are not always visible to the naked eye.
Following the progression of Bosch’s triptych paintings, Tranquilino depicts her tale of actively fighting societal norms on women using elements lifted from Bosch’s painting. A serpent crawling on its belly, fish drowning in murky water, and eyes that are strangely so wide open, they seem to see through the deepest of one’s being. The gaping holes central in each of Tranquilino’s works create voids, but separately, these also serve as mirrors to those willing to look: reminding us that while we are constantly fazed by judgment, we are ultimately defined by what we choose to see in others.
‘After Eden’ highlights the ability of these two women artists to use their chosen medium in conveying messages that tap into the deeper side of our human condition.
They tell us what we have always known but have never learned: Because we refuse to understand, we are fated to repeat the mistakes of our history. From the creation of the universe to the demise of morality in society today–the human condition is, and will always be, the same.
Notes by Regina Reyes
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360° Virtual Tour
Crystal Tranquilino - Look 1
Crystal Tranquilino - Look 2
Crystal Tranquilino - Look 3
Crystal Tranquilino - Temptress
Crystal Tranquilino - They Feast, We Fear
Crystal Tranquilino - War of the Womb
Naomi Memdoza - Keeping the Peace
Naomi Mendoza - Confessions Confetti
Naomi Mendoza - Don_t Bury Me With Your Dreams
Naomi Mendoza - Flowers For the Unfaithful
Naomi Mendoza - Your Lies Won_t Save You
Ukoy Morse 2
Ronald Rodriguez - Other Half
Mccoy lazaruz - Flavored Imperfection
Marvin Quizon - Elegy for Pepe _ Taimis
Lawrence Cervantes - Cycle of Life
Lymuel Bautista - Abra Kadabra
Manuel Gomez - Bakumbukom
Lanz Balagtas - Tahanan sa Sariling Katauhan
Justin Guray - Howling Abyss
John Nabor - Safe Zone
James Barbecho - Current
Francis Cabrera - Rest Day
Geofrey Diezma - The Box
Glecy Alberto - Reverse Story
Jack De Castro - Land of Pleasure
Edmond RIvera - My Tree House
Charles Espiritu - Pop Art is Dead_
Argee Dacuyan - Home
Angela Gabriel - Sunrise in Bloom
Alvin Sales - Covered
Alexis Marga - Turning Cold and Bitter
Don Bryan Bunag - Not a Space but a Feeling 1