Bilingual Culture Magazine


Text:Mariko Idehara
Translation: Karolina Höglind

アーティストMelissa La O`の個展「EDEN」が六本木のギャラリーで開催!
The artist Melissa La O` will hold a solo exhibition at gallery in Roppongi!


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11月10日よりMANILA在住の女性アーティスト、Melissa La O`の日本初個展が六本木にあるCLEAR EDITION & GALLERYで開催されます。


展覧会 にあわせ、NYを拠点にしている批評家Jeppe Ugelevig氏が下記のコメントを寄せてくださいました。
オーの作風は様々な分野から派生した技法をベースとしており、作品は空間と場所性に対する問い かけ、そしてその表現を念頭に行われております。大型の油絵は自然風景を抽象化したものであり、 水源やそこの植物、自然と積み上がる堆積物、そして時には彼女が拠点にしているフィリピンの熱 帯風景を反映しております。このようにしてオーは風景画の文脈に自身を位置づけながらも、牧歌 的な自然風景に対し批評的なアプローチを試みております。オーを通して構成要素ごとに分解され た自然は、鑑賞者の潜在意識を刺激するヒントを含んでいるのです。」
– テキスト/ Jeppe Ugelvig (批評家)

■Melissa La O`個展「EDEN」
[Opening Reception]

OPEN:TUE-SAT /11:00〜19:00
Closed on SUN,MON,Holidays
東京都港区六本木7-18-8 2F

From November 10th, Melissa La O`, an artist from Manila, will hold first her own solo exhibition in Japan at CLEAR EDITION & GALLERY in Roppongi. The visual artist, who also studied architecture, often depicts nature in her works through her accomplished abstract style. Her use of a colorful palette has gained her a worldwide fanbase. This time her exhibition ‘EDEN’ will be opened for around one month, until the final day on December 2nd. The reception party will be held on November 10th, and she will visit the party. Please come and stop by to see her wonderful works.

Below is a text by NY based art critic Jeppe Ugelvig, on la O’s work.

“ Melissa la O’ is a Filipino artist based in Manila, Philippines. Trained an architect, she completed her studies at the SCI-Arc School of Architecture in Los Angeles in the 1990s, continuing to Columbia University in New York, after which she oversaw several international projects at the intersection between design, architecture, art, and science both in Manila and abroad.

la O’s painterly practice departs from this cross-interdisciplinary methodology to broadly inquire into questions of space, place, and the possibilities of representation. Her large-scale works in oil depict abstracted scenes of nature, suggesting expanses of water, vegetation, and natural sediments, sometimes in direct reference to the tropical lands of her native Philippines. In this way, la O writes herself into the global and diverse histories of landscape painting, critiquing the pastoral romanticism of scenes of nature. Under la O’s treatment, nature is processed instead in architectural terms, deconstructed into indexical and organizational components, hinting to the viewer at the indexical impulse in all human perception of the non-human. “
– text / Jeppe Ugelvig (art critic)

■Melissa La O` Solo exhibition ‘EDEN’
[Opening Reception]

Date:10 November 2017

Tarm: 10 November – 2 December 2017
Open: Tue-Sat: 11am-7pm
Location: CLEAR EDITION & GALLERY, Tokyo-to, Minato-ku, Roppongi 7-18-2 2F (A 2 minute walk from Hibiya Line, Roppongi station)