Othoniel “Otto” Neri presents his solo exhibition titled

“Convergence” at Galerie Anna, opening on May 18, 2017.

A conflict of cultures, between the East and the West,

manifesting itself in the Great Divide, engendering the turmoil

and tension both in the physical geo-political space and the

psychic polarities of colonial consequences, is at the core of

Neri’s recent works. But the seeming irreconcilability provoked

by the direct contact between two opposing forces is mollified

by the positive outlook of the hopeful theme “Convergence.”

Neri views the lessons of the country’s history through the

prism of a nativist’s pop sensibility, drawn with the imprint of

typical Pinoy humor that, for instance, transmogrifies the

legendary Mactan hero Lapu-Lapu into the chefs’ favorite fish.

In “Resistance,” the giant-esque fish proceeds to feast on the

unwelcome Portuguese explorer and island intruder.

In “Disoriented,” the artist’s Pop humor alludes to Andy

Warhol and his Marilyn Monroe, with her perpetually half-

opened luscious mouth and mounds of seductive flesh, even as

the dark-skinned tribes are flummoxed into a state of pent-up

desire.

Another Pop icon, the Mona Lisa in “What Keeps You

Smiling,” depicts the mysterious Florentine lady in the company

of the native indias, in a symbolic hybridity of our country’s

culture, a mixed in-breeding of Oriental and Western influences

that have shaped the character and culture of the race. Indeed,

a large work “The Culprits,” even panders to the Pinoy joke

adverting to the killers of Lapu-Lapu, the chefs as salivating

tribesmen around a boiling cauldron.

Closer to the nerve is “Back Off,” which touches on the

currently simmering geopolitical conflict in the South China

sea, and where the artist chooses to depict the festive and

gaily-colored Dragon Dance as it slowly but surely inches its

way into Philippine territory.

In an irreverent seizing of our unique native sensibility,

referencing history as a Pop granary of images, Othoniel “Otto”

Neri, while not resolving the paradoxes of history, nonetheless

celebrates with his own delicious cauldron of Pinoy

multiculturism.

The show runs until June 2.

Galerie Anna is at the 4/L, The Artwalk, Bldg. A, SM

Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

For inquiries, call tel nos: 470-2511 and 470-9869. Mobile:

0939-9127932 and 0936-7139212. Website:

www.galerieanna.com.

Othoniel “Otto” Neri presents his solo exhibition titled

“Convergence” at Galerie Anna, opening on May 18, 2017.

A conflict of cultures, between the East and the West,

manifesting itself in the Great Divide, engendering the turmoil

and tension both in the physical geo-political space and the

psychic polarities of colonial consequences, is at the core of

Neri’s recent works. But the seeming irreconcilability provoked

by the direct contact between two opposing forces is mollified

by the positive outlook of the hopeful theme “Convergence.”

Neri views the lessons of the country’s history through the

prism of a nativist’s pop sensibility, drawn with the imprint of

typical Pinoy humor that, for instance, transmogrifies the

legendary Mactan hero Lapu-Lapu into the chefs’ favorite fish.

In “Resistance,” the giant-esque fish proceeds to feast on the

unwelcome Portuguese explorer and island intruder.

In “Disoriented,” the artist’s Pop humor alludes to Andy

Warhol and his Marilyn Monroe, with her perpetually half-

opened luscious mouth and mounds of seductive flesh, even as

the dark-skinned tribes are flummoxed into a state of pent-up

desire.

Another Pop icon, the Mona Lisa in “What Keeps You

Smiling,” depicts the mysterious Florentine lady in the company

of the native indias, in a symbolic hybridity of our country’s

culture, a mixed in-breeding of Oriental and Western influences

that have shaped the character and culture of the race. Indeed,

a large work “The Culprits,” even panders to the Pinoy joke

adverting to the killers of Lapu-Lapu, the chefs as salivating

tribesmen around a boiling cauldron.

Closer to the nerve is “Back Off,” which touches on the

currently simmering geopolitical conflict in the South China

sea, and where the artist chooses to depict the festive and

gaily-colored Dragon Dance as it slowly but surely inches its

way into Philippine territory.

In an irreverent seizing of our unique native sensibility,

referencing history as a Pop granary of images, Othoniel “Otto”

Neri, while not resolving the paradoxes of history, nonetheless

celebrates with his own delicious cauldron of Pinoy

multiculturism.

The show runs until June 2.

Galerie Anna is at the 4/L, The Artwalk, Bldg. A, SM

Megamall, EDSA corner Julia Vargas Avenue, Mandaluyong City.

For inquiries, call tel nos: 470-2511 and 470-9869. Mobile:

0939-9127932 and 0936-7139212. Website:

www.galerieanna.com.