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Geronimo Cristobal’s 4th Solo Show at Gateway Gallery

New Manila oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 inches 2017

New Manila oil and acrylic on canvas 60 x 48 inches 2017

Gateway Gallery presents the second exhibit for the year 2018: Vestigium, Scriptorium, the fourth solo exhibit of Geronimo Cristobal. In his latest exhibit, Cristobal presents new works of 8 paintings and 12 drawings that truly reflect the era of modernity. His “unprogrammed free abstraction” summarizes a compositional aesthetic that speaks of a weightless gesture and liberating brushstroke on a large format canvas.

Geronimo Cristobal, who majored in Creative Writing and took art history courses in the University of the Philippines, chose the sensuality of the paint medium and melds it with the cold rationality of conceptual art. His training in Berlin’s Universitat der Kunste has helped him navigate the issues and challenges of abstraction. His more subdued works of contemplation and action are more than layers of paint – they are akin to psychological cleansing.

Cristobal’s Vestigium (Latin for “footprint” or “marks”) showcases his method of sanding and scraping; the joy and challenge of uncovering hidden signs and messages in his works – in his mostly noir color palette – will intrigue the viewer. His Scriptorium, the room for writing by medieval monks in monasteries, refers to his belief that writing and painting have the same origins. It also evokes Cristobal’s social role as a writer, documentarian and messenger; and his visual works as medium of information and knowledge. The writing role parallels that of his work as a visual artist, as someone who transfers his knowledge, values and convictions through the visual form.

Vestigium, Scriptorium will have its Artist’s Reception open on January 26, 6 pm at Gateway Gallery. The exhibit will be open to the public from January 27 to February 2, 2018.

Gateway Gallery is the art museum of Araneta Center. It is open from Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 7 pm. It is located at the 5F of Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, Quezon City.

For more information or press inquiry or media coverage, please contact Gateway Gallery at gatewaygallery@aranetagroup.com, Facebook or 588-4000 local 8300. The artist can be contacted at www.geronimocristobal.com and at geronimocristobaljr@gmail.com.

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