Saturday, August 8, 2009

"Pretty Vacant" by Frederick Sausa (August 10-28, 2009)

After mounting his first solo effort early this year, Frederick Sausa will be having his second solo exhibit dubbed as "Pretty Vacant" at the blanc art space in Makati, wherein he will present his latest pieces in new working mode of expression. These are the accumulated images from various existing references. And these thought-out processes inherently evident in some paintings and the compositions were similar to that of sticker leftovers; there are still pictures with punched holes. This approach was used in the initial exhibit, stripped and out of focus photos from magazine pages in appropriation.

In this show, acrylic was mainly used as the vehicle for antithesis of the much well-praised oil paints. Aside from being industrial, synthetic and ordinary; these pigments were part of the 80’s once in-demand industry of giant movie billboards, also used by graffiti artists, muralists, effigy makers and other forms of street art.

Choices of images were of archetypal youth culture, rebellion, power and failures, eccentricities of glamour era and documented works by other artists. It is also a process of decoding redundant physical beauty, demystification of sexual innuendos and unfinished words that can be overwritten about stories left untold that we find in the living rooms, hotels’ comfort room, one teenager’s bedroom wall, full of posters and it’s about everyday boredom that indulges the viewers to participate into somebody else’s privacy and solitude, yet masked of narrative context that left viewers empty handed.

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Frederick Sausa’s “Pretty Vacant” opens on Monday, 6PM, August 10, 2009 at blanc Makati. The exhibit runs until August 28, 2009. blanc is located at Crown Tower, 107 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, please call (632) 752-0032 / call or text (+63)920-9276436, email: or visit,

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