Ongoing at the Yuchengco Museum in RCBC Plaza, Makati is an exhibition of the latest collection of paintings by Marcel Antonio. Titled “The Romantic Lie: Desire, Ennui, Anxiety,” Antonio’s works here are replete with symbolism and peopled by characters with different stories to tell. Animals, like an owl, hare and rooster, as well as whimsical images such as a winged horse and winged boots are strategically placed in some works, which should predictably elicit varied interpretations. Desire, ennui and anxiety are seen in the characters’ faces and postures, with men and women alike gazing out longingly into the unknown and at least one young man contentedly napping away the hours.
This new series of Antonio’s works, done in oil and acrylic, is in response to a 2010 blog essay posted by poet VIS De Veyra wherein he critiques Antonio’s body of work. New poems by De Veyra are featured in this latest exhibition’s catalog.
Exhibit runs until February 25. The Yuchengco Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10am to 6pm. Visit the museum website here.