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Art Underground Manila

"The Playhouse" traverses a whimsical realm of a fascinating juxtaposition of joyous children's party scenes and characters with stoic, enigmatic expressions. The exhibition challenges traditional perceptions of celebration as visual artist, Christian Cortez explores the complex emotions hidden behind seemingly cheerful facades. The faces of the subjects create a perplexing aura, leaving the viewer to ponder the deeper narratives at play. Within this surreal setting, the artist skillfully depicts the contrast between the supposed lively atmosphere and the serene, almost melancholic expressions of the subjects.

Cortez and his artworks spark introspection, highlighting concepts of human sensations to be multifaceted and often hidden behind masks of happiness. Through this intriguing interplay of sentiments and celebration, the exhibition prompts a deeper investigation of mankind’s psyche, stirs a sense of curiosity, and a desire to unravel the mysteries within each gaze of the subjects within the playhouse.

Write-up by Deseree Mapandi

November 14, 2023
November 7, 2023

Christian Cortez

The Playhouse

The Playhouse
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