See Through

Secret Fresh | August 2018

Secret Fresh Art Gallery, 424 Ortigas Ave, Greenhills North, San Juan City Philippines

“Stay Alive”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft

Secret Fresh Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Johanna H elmuth’s fifth solo exhibition this August. Titled See Through, her latest suite of works is an invitation for viewers to look beyond a scene and probe deeper into stories surrounding pictures. The cliché that “a picture paints a
thousand words” lingers as an observer tries to make sense of tableaux with curious stares, moments of encounter, and snippets of interaction between various individuals. Each frame seemingly poses a question of what’s going on, and asks a visual riddle to be solved by bits and pieces of clues not only from what can be perceived in the canvas but also from recalling a previous experience or a prior knowledge. What a viewer figures out ultimately points to individual perception and the uniqueness of one’s imagination, shaped by personal experiences and social position.
A graduate of Advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines, Johanna Helmuth mostly paints subjects that reflect on human behavior, social values and standards, in muted and earth tones and highly textured surfaces vigorously applied using the palette knife. Some of her
works depict compositions that easily lend themselves to narratives, like scenes or excerpts from  stories. She is shortlisted in this year’s Fernando Zobel Prize for the Visual Arts of the Ateneo Art Awards. The exhibition opens on August 5 at Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City in cooperation with The Working Animals Art Projects (TWA).
This show is curated by Ruel Caasi.

“Isn’t She Gorgeous”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft.
“She Likes Rubbing Her Feet”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft
“I Think It Does’nt Like Me”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft
“Maybe He Needs Something”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft
“Curious”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 4 ft x 3 ft
“What Now I”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 26 in x 30 in
“What Now II”, Oil on canvas, 2018, 26 in x 30 in