CAMILLE VER CONTINUES ABSTRACTIONS OF CITYSCAPES IN URBN 2.0 SHOW AT GALERIE RAPHAEL SERENDRA

Cityscape architecture is very often an abstractionist's dream. The confluence of shapes, forms, lines, and colors merges with the organic 'vibe' of the city to create a powerful image—one that any abstractionist would seize upon with relish. Buzzing urban centers come alive through impressive techniques, and that same sense of dynamism is something that reverberates through each canvas. It is a youthful, and high-energy form of visual art, and one that permeates through a skillful abstractionist's practice.

One such abstractionist is Camille Ver. Through her investigations into urban landscapes, she has created a distinct oeuvre that intersperses abstract cityscape motifs with tec pen lines that have become her distinguishing feature. Ver explores pushes the boundries of abstraction these works on canvases—works that are that makes extensive use of the ambivalence of a loud, boisterous city, then subtly juxtaposing with the cool, nuanced approach of abstraction.

Following the success of her show at Galerie Stephanie in Libis, artist Camille Ver revisits the abstract sensibilities invested in her consideration of urban landscapes in URBN 2.0. Opening at Galerie Raphael on June 19 and running until June 28 , URBN 2.0 is both a testament to the enduring energy of Ver's practice and an ongoing celebration of abstraction's ability to bring about a uniquely personal take on visual art.

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Though she uses urban landscapes as a reference point, Ver doesn't focus on a particular location. Rather, her works reflect an archetype of cityscapes. She thus takes her audience through a a collage of familiar sites that have no bearing on anything that actually exists—but bears familiarity with an idealized version of cityscapes. This conceptual nous is very similar to another abstractionist—that of National Artist Arturo Luz and his imagined cityscapes that pay tribute to the famous archeological sites at Borobudur and Angkor. The difference though is that Ver is thoroughly contemporary in her approach. Though there are often anecdotal references to older structures – and Ver does consider incomplete and crumbling buildings aesthetically attractive –the intent is to reconstruct the emotional character that only exists in urban locations. To achieve this, she creates a broader composition of oil which is then layered with lines drawn in with a tec pen, bringing detail and order to an otherwise blurred form. These lines could represent the hard lines of an actual cityscape—created in part by a mixture of power cables, laundry lines, telephone poles, and the steel bars of a construction site. In Ver's oeuvre, however, they represent a framing element, allowing viewers to contextualize the compositions as works exploring the urban perspective whilst remaining true to the sensibilities of abstraction within the realm of visual art—highly reminiscent of, say, Wassily Kandinsky's works.

URBN 2.0 is Camille Ver's 7th one-woman show. A graduate of the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Ver bucks the common usage of minimalism in abstraction, preferring large swaths of brushworks and experimentations in color in her practice. On the strength of her expanding oeuvre, Ver is on the verge of becoming an important player in the development of abstract expressionism in the country's visual arts scene.