MULTIVERSE – Secret Fresh gallery

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Travel, by definition, entails movement and removal. Frequent travelers will tell you that genuine travel entails being an outsider, looking away from the self, and often ironically results in introspection and an inner homecoming. In Multiverse , Jazel Kristin deconstructs her journey from her first international exhibit, Parallel Universe, held in Aubagne, France in 2009, to her present state almost five years later as an artist who is now based both in Paris and in Manila.

Multiverse is an exhibition containing new perspectives and diverging realities. Up front, it takes art quite literally out of the white box and into the streets. Part performance, part-documentary and Multiverse collaboration with the artist’s father, photographer Carlito Villamarin, the pair tries to debunk the viewpoint that art is only for the four walls of the gallery or museum. The final collages by Jazel Kristin contain broken and multi-layered images that reflect exterior surroundings and blurs the line between the two worlds, merging street and private space, the outside and the inside, by way of France and the Philippines.

Jazel Kristin’s collages feature fragments, slices, juxtaposition, repetition, ripples, textures, depth, and alternating dimensions. They are dream-like and surreal, with multiple layers echoing like a recurring dream. Of the ten artworks on exhibit, half were shot in Sta. Ana, Manila, and exude the warmth of both the people and the place. These works are chaotic, full of images and textures that exude heat, noise, and energy. The rest o the collages were shot in France and feature the artist on her own, with less people willing to interact with her and her work. Similar in stance as peddlers of paintings in the streets, she parades her works as if requesting them to be seen, and engaging them as objects on display in the exterior spaces they are in.

Multiverse was created to be shown, paradoxically, inside a gallery, but tries to allow for fluidity and movement, for a looking away from the confines of “art”. The interaction between art and space is layered with the nuisances o the relationship between a father and a daughter, and consequently between the artist and the viewer.

– Rica Estrada

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