Unpacking Art: In his new solo show, Ricky Ambagan expresses personal baggage and nostalgia on ‘maleta’ frames - Lifestyle Asia

For its last show of the year, Salcedo Private View highlights the contemporary artist.

To end the year, Salcedo Private View will host a solo exhibition by Rick Ambagan called “From Here,” which runs until December 18.

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This is the second solo exhibition by the multi-awarded artist at Salcedo Private View, which is the private sale subsidiary and gallery of Salcedo Auctions. The December exhibit comes as the artist’s response to his earlier sold-out Salcedo show titled “I’m Coming Home.”

Ambagan is versed in carefully composed stories, his works not subscribing to any set pattern, instead preferring to deconstruct images from various sources. Lately he assumes the role of a cinematographer in the way that he presents his subjects, intentionally breaking the rules of perception and perspective.

The show features 10 rectangular canvas works depicting charmingly detailed scenes that make viewers feel as if they’re looking at snapshots taken from a familiar dream. Artifacts and mementoes from the artist’s childhood are painted onto the canvas, the level of detail in each piece as intentional as they are striking.

Ambagan brightly celebrates the interior drama of these experiences; unpacking memories with charm and whimsy, his canvases sprawling with critical iconographies from diverse milieus. As a professed avid reader, he takes not only from his recollections, but also from the books, podcasts, and films that he consumes.

The artist choice of displaying his artworks within maleta frames gives a new, positive meaning to the idea of carrying personal baggage. He dares his viewers to ask themselves what their own personal baggage may be after confronting them with visualizations of his own personal experiences.

‘From Here’ by Ricky Ambagan is presented by Salcedo Private View. For inquiries, email [email protected] or phone +632 8 8230956, +63 9171075581.

Banner: “Huling El Bimbo,” Oil on canvas, 2021

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