Asian Cultural Council Philippines Art Auction 2018

March 3,2018 | 02:00 PM
G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Philippines



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Charlie Co   (b.1960)

signed and dated 1999 (lower right)
oil on canvas
60”x 72” (152 cm x 183 cm)

PHP 400,000

Finale Art File

For decades, Charlie Co has been creating a body of work that explores the intersection of history with native imagination, sometimes inflected with dark humor. In this work, Faith, the viewer sees some of the best qualities of Co’s figuration through its depiction of blind faith which, when seen in the context of a collective, could dangerously verge on mass hysteria.

A hybrid animal presides over the scene populated by women wearing ceremonial robes that create the peaks of this threatening landscape. The Biblical snake slithers, triumphantly wagging its forked tongue. The faith alluded to in the title is devoted to dark things as it ushers in an apocalyptic moment, the back of the crucifix turned to the viewer as though God has left mankind. The painting is a reckoning of the final days — a terrifying vision that something only with the talent of Charlie Co can create.

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