LAST FULL SHOW: Danilo Dalena Retrospective
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
DATE/ TIME/ VENUE:
Opening reception: 10 December, Saturday, 4pm
Exhibit duration: 10 December 2016 to 5 March 2017
Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (3F Hallway Gallery), Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery) and 4F Atrium
Last Full Show takes off from where the larger public was last served the broadest sweep of Danilo Dalena’s body of work in his 1990 survey exhibition also at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Fuelled by his virtual absence on the gallery circuit for over 25 years, the perception that Dalena had hibernated from art all those years is dispelled as LFSreveals suites of drawings and paintings only recently done even as the artist has been slowed by several health crises. Characteristic of Dalena’s signature affinity with the scatological and repellant, what could be of particular interest is his yet unfinished series of images referencing unseemly acts and antics in seedy movie houses. While loosely taking on the structure of cinema with establishing sequences, transitions, freeze frames, and denouements, LFS is posited as a grand unfolding rather than definitive account. Dalena himself insists that the wordplay be taken in the spirit of the elaborately risqué closing numbers of his famed Alibangbang (bar) series and the final all-star game of the now moribund Jai Alai where the performance goes full throttle and the one-upmanship is cutthroat and in your face.