Lot #038

Louie Cordero

Social Cancer
signed and dated 2010 (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
48”x 48” (122 cm x 122 cm)
Starting Bid : Php 400,000
HP + BP : Php 467,200
Provenance Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, USA
Exhibited Jonathan Levine Gallery, “Sacred Bones,” New York, USA, 2010
Not one to flinch at the possible monsters hatched by the breeding of art and Pop culture, Louie Cordero, in fact, delights in the grotesqueries that result from such intersection. With a strong graphic quality, his works are shocking not only for their use color but for their subject matter. In Social Cancer, which was first exhibited at the Jonathan Levine Project in New Jersey in 2010, Cordero reveals how the tumor has eaten the face of a putative subject that could represent many things: nation, society, a sense of personhood. Unbeknownst to her, she is still garlanded with beautiful flowers, as the two icons of faith (the bulul of the pre-colonial period and the image of Christ of the Spanish occupation) look on. The presence of such icons transforms the painting as a quickened investigation in the social nature of belief.