As a kid, when asked to draw a planet, Alvin Villaruel would always put a ring around a spheroid disk, as though all planets are Saturn, its rings essentially typifying what/how planets should be - an alien celestial body that is nowhere near earth in form, in size, and in material composition - mostly of silicon and oxygen compounds, and at its core a combination of gases.
Nothing is abandoned in the pictures. Or, in fact, it is a recovery and, or, salvation. “Abandoned” is Soler Santos’ double take on scenes of encountered derelict sites in the rising, iron metropolis commonly known as Manila. A continuity on a set of premises and, or, (once again), an entirely separate idea altogether, it adds to the ongoing ruminations on ghost tableaus where things are forsaken and linger.
Oil on Canvas
18" x 18"
Catalog No. 10278