BEGINNINGS. MANIX GENABE’s 1st collection of acrylic on canvas paintings. January 19 to February 9, 2005. Restaurant UVA, Park side, Greenbelt2, Ayala Center Twenty-Two. That number doesn’t seem much. Take it in man-years and is still seen as too short, too soon, not too far off from puberty, with not much responsibility…yet. But this isn’t the case with Manix. He’s found himself in different jobs, wearing different coats and carrying huge responsibilities, all before he turned 22. The latest is the biggest home store in a mall, KISH, which he managed the past year. Having the courage to move on seems like the bigger, braver decision (more than taking the offer). He keeps his eyes forward, anticipating his next move and welcoming change. Taking brushes and a palette knife in his hand to express himself on blank canvases seemed almost too unexpected and so far from his recent career, yet he did just that. The need to express through colors, texture, strokes happened quite unexpectedly. Moving to a new condominium unit, Manix found a sheet of plywood used by carpenters to mix cement in, fell in love with the textures the debris made, and saved it from being discarded and thrown away. This, he trained his brushes on and surprised his friends with a gigantic triptych that now adorns his dining room wall. Encouragement from his friends made him try and create a collection of paintings inspired and defined by his experiences. The result is Beginnings; 20 acrylic on canvas abstractions of images observed by the artist in his surroundings. “I look and see a scene that oddly seems accidentally framed. I don’t know if it’s just me and how I see it or if that scene is really there”, Manix explains. The optimist in him surfaces in the most trivial moments. His very first collection is given a personal dimension with his explanation. What seems like simple cubic (videogame image-like) clusters are actually scenic elements abstracted/simplified out of an actual scene he filed deep in memory. He points out an aerial view of buildings from a canvas, suggests the actual representation of thickly textured brushstrokes from another; just how relevant or romantic the scene really is will have to be pried personally from him. It is an honest collection that he offers. He gets the energy from his immediate surroundings. You understand where and how he lives and the people who influence him just by being surrounded by his works. You hypothesize that he lives in a high rise surrounded by furniture made of wood. You feel from his layout and proportions that he’s been hanging out with interior designers. The sudden burst of bold and bright colors at the tail end of his collection makes you feel that he is still young and frisky. But you somewhat doubt that he’s just 22, he’s got to be older to dare express himself so boldly and openly. Beginnings will be available for viewing from January 19 to February 9, 2005 at Restaurant UVA, Park side, Greenbelt2, Ayala Center in Makati City.
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