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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Rodel Tapaya   (b.1980)

Haircut Day
signed and dated 2016 (lower right)
mixed media
30” x 22” (76 cm x 56 cm)


PHP 200,000

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In Haircut Day by Rodel Tapaya, considered as one of the best mid-career artists working today, the viewer is introduced to an ordinary, everyday scene. But a closer investigation reveals a surreal dimension to the painting: the man who is having his haircut appears to be made entirely of patches of colors, but his face reflected in the mirror is remarkably full. The barber, who has a definite physical presence, stalks the mirror like a ghost. The link between them transcends everyday reality, as though both of them have undergone an irrevocable transformation. The scene where the painting is set appears less like a barbershop than a stage, provoking a cognitive dissonance that questions the boundary between reality and fantasy, art and life.

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