Lie of The Land

West Gallery | February 2017

West Gallery, 48 West Ave, Quezon City, Philippines

“Pikit Ka Nalang Anak”, Oil on canvas, 2017, 3 ft x 4 ft

The West Gallery together with The Working Animals Art Projects (TWA) presents a solo show by Johanna Helmuth opening this February 23.
Like in her previous works, the artist confronts the darker side of human relationships and visualizes desolate scenes reflecting social ills and the toll it takes on individuals. In this exhibition, she plays around with the concept of alternative endings by pairing the same scenarios but with different outcomes. She paints pictures that portray disregard for values, disrespect, or the prevalence of hatred in today’s society, to name a few. The contrasting versions of the same story may be thought of as another side of the coin, another twist in the plot. Leading to different conclusions, this set of images forms the Lie of the Land, a phrase describing the current state of things or referring to a present condition. As bleak as they may appear, these scenes define a current state of affairs, a status quo to be challenged and improved.
The artist took up advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines. Her paintings in muted colors but executed in vigorous brushstrokes often serve as a moral compass through which we can assess our own actions and attitudes. This is her third solo show following last year’s Disfigure and Women Aren’t Toys.
Curated by Ruel Caasi

“Mga Aso”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“Nine to Five”, Oil on paper, 2017, 20 in x 25.5 in
“Side Line”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“Marunong na si Peng”, Oil on paper, 2017, 20 in x 25.5 in
“Mabuting Asawa”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“Mabubuting Bata”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“I Shall Honor My Country and Its Women II”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“I Shall Honor My Country and Its Women I” ,Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in
“Sino Manalo Sa Kanya Ang Gago”, Oil on paper, 2017, 25.5 in x 20 in