Abstraction is an aesthetic form that can be intensely expressionistic. Working with feelings and emotions instead of the deliberated rules of anatomy, or the philosophical constructs of mimesis, abstractionists are an almost purer type of artist.

Within this realm, we find artist-activist Caress Banson and her abstraction practice, which she uses to benefit a wide range of social issues—urban hunger among them.

At this intersection of social involvement, we have Feeding Metro Manila (or FMM). FMM is a hunger relief charity, and their goal is to be able to support as many meal centers around Metro Manila as they can. Their biggest priority is to feed pre-school and elementary school children who are undernourished. FMM monitors both their physical growth and their academic progress in school.

In this light, Galerie Joaquin and The Podium Mall partners with Caress Banson for the benefit of FMM, with the hosting of a special exhibition entitled Life in Technicolor. Opening on August 12, Monday, at 6:00 p.m., it will be held at the 2nd floor Atrium of the Podium Mall, along ADB Avenue in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Featuring new works by Caress Banson, all the proceeds of the exhibition will go to fund FMM projects in and around Metro Manila.

Color is the dominant abstracted component of the exhibition, with Caress Banson using geometric patterns and fearless, bold swaths of brushwork to convey a lively and dynamic impression. Drawing on the traditions of Bauhaus, Paul Klee, and even abstract-expressionist Mark Rothko, Banson imbues her canvases with a sense of buoyancy, springing each abstracted object alive with her fantastic eye for detail.

Her grasp of abstract technique is one reason why we’ve seen Banson’s profile rise in the art community. But it’s her dedication to socio-civic issues that have earned her widespread admiration throughout all sectors of society. Through the sales of pieces from this exhibition, FMM will be able to continue its important charity work and alleviate hunger in Metro Manila. For both the art and the good cause, this exhibition is definitely a must-see event.


Article from gmanetwork.com