I think—no, I believe I haven’t written in a very loooong time. This pandemic has fvcked up my sleeping cycle, my body clock, my little to less routines, and totally drained out whatever is left of the creative ink circulating in my brain. I started this back last year if I’m not mistaken? And I guess stories of certain events and bent up feelings of excitement coupled with a little anxiety finally finished it. Soooo, yeah, here haha.
I’m still freaking curious.
There was a spark, I know there was a spark and I’m missing that spark.
I’ve been digging inside my head since that Thursday and I still can’t find you and your words and that smile.
I’ve no memory.
Visions of Dune is the painting thesis of Matthew Odon Yrad. These works serve as a culmination of the time he has spent in school and in reading the famed science fiction series by Frank Herbert, Dune.
Each work represents an aspect of the books’ characters that can be well attributed to the artist himself. The philosophy applied to the works, from the concept of the figures to the usage of colors can be ascribed to the premise of the books and also the principles of Herbert. An eccentric blend of striking and solemn, each painting emits an atmosphere of its own that catches one’s attention, not with the colors alone or the strength of the line of work, but the suffering embedded in it.
This exhibition is not a mere juxtaposition of 2d and 3d forms or a display of contrasting pigmets, but ultimately stands as a declaration of one’s burden of purpose when on a quest for the truth.
Matt Yrad (b. 1992) is a traditional artist from California currently based in Bacolod. His collection of work deals with philosophy, science, various social commentaries and man’s pursuit for peace and enlightenment mixed with a playful and whimsical sense of religious iconography.
Yrad has participated in various group exhibitions both in Bacolod and California, including Untamed Territory (October 2015) and The World According to Us (2014) at Gallery Orange – Bacolod, My Own Lisa at Art District (Bacolod, 2014), and the Orange County Fair Art Show (CA, 2010). He was also a semi-finalist during the 2015 Metrobank MADE Art and Design Competition. He is currently on his last year as a Painting student in La Consolacion College.
Recently, last February 5, 2016 to be exact, LCC Arfien had their 19th Thesis Deliberation and I am so so so proud to say that my cousin earned a perfect score!
I keep a couple of his works at home. AAAAnd (Donds) I’m so looking forward to you putting up a show in New York. Congratulations!
Check out his works and connect with Matt!
My Own Lisa | A pop art exhibition
2nd Flr, Art District
November 12-15, 2014
Congratulations to my cousin Matt Yrad and his fellow student artists for bringing together this exhibit!
His own Lisa
Great concept, cool and fun exhibit, worth the effort!
My cousin’s painting up at the new Gallery Orange .
The Gallery is now much bigger and has a very artist-y feel to it.
And yes, my cousin’s painting is in good company.
In an often misunderstood world, these artists have found their home.