Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea is pleased to present “Remnants”, an exhibition of new sculptural pieces by Niccolo Jose on view at the Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea (3rd Floor, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City).
The human forms in Niccolo Jose’s Remnants are not anatomical. Rather, human anatomy is artistically suggested, gestured toward rather than illustrated. What we see in Jose’s artworks is therefore the abstraction - rather than the representation - of human anatomy - its parts and interiors that, in the image, seem to have been brought up out into the light for exposure and inspection. Some of these, then, are the most unusual nudes that one can see, as the stripping of the human body is more than just a matter of absent textile. In these artworks, the inside is literally the outside, and the blur of the distinction is brought to solid, dramatic effect with the unlikely material of wood.
Many other artists have done the same artistic gesture of abstracting and suggesting human anatomy; Francis Bacon, of course, is the exemplary figure in the subcategory, having worked with x-rays in order to limn the body’s insides while keeping clear of illustration.
But apart from the interest in the human body as imagery, Jose’s art, of course, in no way resemble Bacon’s. For one, instead of the Baconian sense of motion, what we see - and crucially, experience as a sensation - in Jose’s art is a monumental, stone-like stillness. Although supple in terms of shape, Jose’s works are remarkable for an implacable stillness that borders on a drama of immobilism. And lest one think that these human forms are tortured, it must be noted that such immobilism evinces a kind of peaceful, almost homely repose.