EXHIBITIONS / AND.

Untitled, mixed media on canvas, 243.8 x 193 cm
UNTITLED, MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS, 243.8 X 193 CM

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A connective and a punctuation all in one breath, this show draws on a phrase from the contemporary photographer Uta Barth – and of time – which Roderico Jose Daroy echoed in his 2010 exhibit at the Drawing Room.The punctuation arrests the flow of this enigmatic phrase in mid-course, marking the end of the artist’s physical life a day before he was to turn 60 in 2014.

 

I’ll fit in the palm of my father’s hand. He would let me down on a blade of grass, quietly             whispering for me to stay put. He’d be back, he’d say, puttering away…

 

The cessation is but a long pause – a semi-colon – between movements, an overture to what is possible….

 

Someday, you’ll tell me that I can fly. And I’ll believe you…

 

Like his works, the title evokes a liminal space where the continuing present [and] persists amidst the tenacity of death and decay [.]

 

Amongst the faces of wildflowers and the buzzing of insects,

            I’ll try to catch verses of my father’s voice from the chiaroscuro of wind and birdsong…

This show in the Drawing Room’s new space retrieves a fragment of this flux through works that invite us to linger “on thequiet,” to delay the rush, to

 

sit down, keep quiet, make something out of the chiaroscuro of crickets’ ballads and                 fluttering of butterfly wings, waiting…

 

Listening and moving against the beat, suspended in mid-step…

 

I’ll believe you….

 

– Flaudette May Datuin and LigiaDaroy, Quezon City, January 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

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