The latest ensemble exhibition at the gallery at La Maison d’Aneli, curated by Aneli Abeyante opened on October 25th. It offers an eclectic mix of five artists and their work: Xirana Oximoxi, Vangogh Rembranch, Kaijah Chrome, Morlita Quan and Theda Tammas.
The exhibition is split between the two levels of the gallery. The upper level, featuring the foyer area and a tribute to Holala Alter, is a 3D is an untitled piece by Theda Tammas. Across the hall is a larger display mixing 2D and 3D works by Xirana Oximoxi examining the situation between Catalonia and the central Spanish government.
Social media in particular helped bring the realities of referendum day in particular to the rest of the world, at a time when much of Spain’s own media appeared to be turning a blind eye on the sheer brutality of the official response to the those attempting to vote, and this forms a focus of the exhibit. True, the referendum had been declared “illegal” by the central government, and both sides were guilty of heavy-handed posturing in the run-up to the vote. However, none of this justified the levels of violence unleashed by well-armed, well-protected police.
This is powerful central exhibit. Not only does it remind us how art can offer commentary on politics and events, but which also serves as a reminder that in a time when much of the main stream media is under attack for being purveyors of so-called “fake news”, just how important it is for our news services not to become the vassals of political desire.
The lower level of the gallery presents a primary exhibit are featuring Morlita Quan’s organic geometric art, with 2D pieces focused around a central tree. Alongside of this is a hall featuring painting by the intriguingly named Vangogh Rembranch, and more “traditional” Second Life focused art by Kaijah Chrome.
All three make for intriguing exhibits, Vangogh’s in particular forming – for me – a first time introduction to his work. Kaijah’s, meanwhile, offers a Halloween setting for this work – which should not be taken to mean the art itself is Halloween themed.
I tend to enjoy ensemble exhibitions, and the five artists on display at La Maison d’Aneli all present unique approaches to art and expression, making this a particularly interesting visit.
- La Maison d’Aneli (Virtual Holland, rated: Moderate)