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    Sale 2616

    Southeast Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

    30 November 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 352

    KAWAYAN DE GUIA (b. The Philippines 1979)

    Anatomy of an expulsion

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    KAWAYAN DE GUIA (b. The Philippines 1979)
    Anatomy of an expulsion
    signed and dated ' Kawayan 08, Baguio City' (center panel, center left)
    mixed media
    60 x 96½ x 4 1/8 in. (152.5 x 245 x 10.5 cm.) (open)
    60 x 48 x 7 5/8 in. (152.5 x 122 x 19.5 cm.) (close)

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    A lavish array of objects and icons with no seemingly particular relevance to one another, neatly arranged in compartments, make up Anatomy of an expulsion. The conglomeration of fragments of once beautiful, functional and academic symbols is the visual poetry of Kawayan De Guia, and every work stands as a collective metaphor for a private world occupied by these items.

    The present lot, Anatomy of an expulsion is an impressive treasury of memories that beckons to be explored and evokes a sense of nostalgia. The couple that stands in the center and the slogan 'Too much love' signal a clue that would unlock the coherence of these random objects. The surrealistic selection of these elements is buffered by the order and precision of the composition. Anatomy of an expulsion surveys Man and Woman individually, and the familiar references and differences attached to their characters. Composing their 'sides' are familiar symbols, familiar passages and familiar places. Encompassing the variety between the two, this folding assemblage recalls the first Man and Woman as a collective - their fate in intertwinement and together thrown into alien spaces - and how this account recurs in every other Man and Woman after Them.

    De Guia composes his works in an extractive process with the colossal sum of elements and their unexpected juxtapositions to one another. A lack of premeditated composition, though, produces an irrevocable symbiosis. This skill of producing a harmonious whole comes naturally to De Guia, and the layers of meaning signify his personal inspirations that produce artefacts that demonstrate his deep explorations.