Intimations of eternity

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TEN Longevity (Oil on canvas, 73 by 61 cm, 2018)

Eternity is the endless prolongation of time, and it keeps oneself without limit. Eternity in religious aspect is a timeless realm, and it exists beyond the capacity of the human mind. Thus, we all desire a moment in eternity.

This idea is visualized as ArtistSpace of Ayala Museum presents “A Moment of Eternity,” the second solo exhibition of Manila based Korean visual artist, Christina Cho.

In Cho’s previous exhibition, “Harmony,” her paintings were realistic sceneries and architecture. However, she tries out a new approach, expressed through emotions regardless of logic.

A PEACEFUL Landscape (Oil on canvas, 53 by 65 cm, 2017)

In “A Moment of Eternity,” the artist transforms the Ten Korean Traditional Symbols of Longevity — sun, moon, mountain, water, pine tree, rock, deer, crane, turtle and elixir plant — into Shangri-La, the unknown world, adding mystery to it.

Cho’s new collection is created through simplifying inanimate objects, yet using strong and reverberating tones. She veers away from doing realistic paintings and composed new works with free and strong colors, adding mystery to the subjects.

James Hilton’s novel entitled Lost Horizon depicts a mystic and calm earthly paradise called Shangri-La, where happiness and immortality exist. Through this exhibition, the artist hopes you will feel the peace and calmness in your hearts which you have been searching for even just for a while.

Born in 1960, Cho grew up in Seoul, Korea. While growing up, she has been exposed by her parents to classical music and visual arts. Although she had a strong desire for the arts, she was not able to pursue this due to various reasons. After getting married, she studied interior design and perspective drawing while raising a child. In 2004, she joined her husband, who was assigned in Manila for work. She started painting and joined the PTA Painting Club of International School of Manila. In 2006, she enrolled in art classes when she returned to Korea and became a member of Modern Art Institute and Korean Art Museum in Seoul, Korea.

SHADOW of Kalachuchi (Oil on canvas, 53 by 41 cm, 2018)

In 2013, she returned to the Philippines. She is now a member of Mon Art Zen in Makati City, and L’ Arc en Ciel Atelier in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. In 2015, she held her first solo exhibition at the ArtistSpace, and she has since joined 15 group exhibitions. Cho is currently living in Makati City with her husband, while her two sons are living in the United Stated.

“A Moment of Eternity” is on view at the ArtistSpace from 19 September to 1 October.

ArtistSpace is located at the Ayala Museum Annex, Ground Level, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Makati City. It is open from Mondays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Admission is free. For more information, call or e-mail Jane Salvador at (02) 759-8288 or artistspace@ayalamuseum.org.

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