Five | Curator's Notes
Galeria Paloma is pleased to present "Brief Histories,"
its fifth online exhibition featuring paintings
by Gino Tioseco and short fiction by Joni Cham.
On exhibit are thirteen paintings by Gino Tioseco rendered
in oil pastel, acrylic, and other media. Tioseco's expressionist
portraits range from the tenderly sanitised to grotesque,
and the expanse of his portrait styles shows itself in the
paintings exhibited in Brief Histories. His use of color
composition, brushwork, and media give a depth
to each portrait's narrative, inviting the viewer's imagination
to wander, and yet, within a distinct impression of
each depicted "person's" (head)space and place in time.
Expounding on the paintings' meta-narratives are
short pieces of fiction* by New York-based Filipino writer
Joni Cham. Her first novel,"In My Mother's House,"
was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Cham prefaces her work as thus: "Drawing inspiration from
the old bard himself, the Life Performers Series works on the
premise that 'all the world’s a stage.' On one particular night the theater is populated with a variety of performers: singers,
dancers, musicians; but also of individuals in the
performances of their own lives: an art critic, a former lover,
a retired artist; each with their own 'exits and entrances.'"
This cast of characters are brought together by one dramatic
presentation at the theater, and yet the most interesting
stories yet are those not demonstrated onstage--stories
universally relatable but strikingly personal. The curated
collection becomes a play-within-a play (and should the viewer
choose their involvment, a play-within-a-play-within-a-play).
We at Galeria Paloma hope you enjoy delving into the romantic, mysterious, and nostalgic histories imagined
by each the painter and the author, and by them both,
gathered together as one cast of characters.
The paintings are available for acquisition. Please send us
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*All ekphrastic work range from one to four sentences.