On February 8, Solaire Resort & Casino and Galerie Roberto, launched “Infinity +”, the solo art exhibition of “Visual Olympian” Joe Datuin. It showcases his latest geometric abstraction works featuring the infinity symbol, an imagery that signifies unending prosperity, positivity and abundance.
“Infinity +” is the result of combining all the artist’s influences and original creative invention. It is also his artistic response to a major influence – American pop visual artist Andy Warhol – who created a “Dollar Signs Series” of silk screen works. In the Dollar Signs, Warhol is quoted saying that “big-time art is big-time money” and, with his brutal truthfulness, bluntly printed the sign for money as the sign for art.” In this tradition, Joe uses the infinity sign, believing that art nowadays, is defined by many possibilities.
While his past exhibition pays homage to masters whom he looks up to, “Infinity +” showcases the amalgamation of his influences. In here, he distills the admirable qualities from the works of masters, like the simplicity of Mondrian’s lines, the childish playfulness of Miro’s compositions, and the vivacious burst of colors of Matisse’s collages – to create his own style. The series presents his signature “Fusion” technique which combines two dimensional art with stainless steel forms.
The exhibition is also two-part, and is composed of works from past shows, as well as new creations. The variety offers a polarity of the old and the new, and a visual hindsight of the artist’s stylistic progression through the years.
Part of the proceeds will be donated to fellow Filipinos who were victims of the military unrest in the province of Marawi in Mindanao.
Who is Joe Datuin?
JOE DATUIN (b. May 7, 1956, Pangasinan, Philippines) is a world renowned Filipino Visual Artist and Sculptor. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas (1977) and received an art residency from the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont (2002). Among his notable recognitions are: Grand Prize in the International Olympic Committee Sport and Art Contest (Sculpture Category) during the Beijing Olympics (2008); the Ani ng Dangal Presidential Award for excellence in visual arts conferred by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) (2009); and The Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL) by the Jaycees Senate (2011), among others.
Apart from prestigious local art establishments such as the NCCA (2008), CCP (2006), GSIS Museum (2004), National Museum (1992), UP Vargas Museum & UST Museum (2006) and the Ayala Museum (2000), he has shown his works abroad in venues like: Agora Gallery, New York, (2015); and in various Philippine embassies and consulates in Paris, New York, Vienna, Milan, Brussels, Berlin and Amsterdam during his America – Europa Art Exposition, a touring group exhibit that ran from 2001-2002.
Lastly, he has participated in a number of significant international art festivals such as: the Anima Mundi International Exhibition in Venice, Italy (2017); and the 10th and 11th Florence Biennale in Florence Italy (2015 and 2017).
For more information on the exhibition, contact Galerie Roberto at mobile (0998) 5955764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit runs until March 31, 2018 at “The Gallery” at Solaire Resort and Casino. “The Gallery” is open at all times. For gallery assistance, visit Mondays to Sundays from 10AM – 10PM.