ALIVE INSIDE @ ART CUBE PHILIPPINES - 08-29 JUNE, 2024




 

Alive Inside 

Exhibition notes by Carlomar Arcangel Daoana


In his latest exhibition, Alive Inside, Mark Andy Garcia invites viewers to explore the resonance between the external world and internal states of being. This series of six paintings, each measuring 4 by 4 feet, encapsulates the essence of human emotions and psychological rhythms as mirrored by the natural environment. Garcia’s choice of title, Alive Inside, reflects his intention to bridge the gap between the viewer’s internal experiences and the external world’s cyclical and ever-changing nature.


Garcia’s work consistently reveals a profound connection with nature, using it as a medium to express deeper emotional and psychological states. The title Alive Inside suggests a journey inward, where the external landscapes and weathers become metaphors for internal experiences. This collection captures the subtle yet powerful ways in which natural elements can evoke a sense of equilibrium and emotional clarity. The cyclical patterns of nature are echoed in the artist’s brushstrokes, creating a visual symphony that resonates with the rhythms of the heart and mind.


Each painting in this series emanates a sense of uplift, drawing viewers into a harmonious blend of light, space, and weather. Garcia’s ability to capture the ethereal quality of natural light and its impact on the landscape is unparalleled. Whether portraying a serene, cloudless day or a mystical night sky, his paintings exude a sense of peace and security. This tranquility is further enhanced by his use of subdued textures and impasto, suggesting a deep connection with the natural world.


One of the most striking features of Garcia’s work is the presence of spherical daubs of paint on the canvas. These elements imbue the paintings with a dreamy, almost otherworldly quality, inviting viewers to lose themselves in the gentle curves and soft edges of these forms. These daubs act as focal points, guiding the viewer’s eye across the canvas and enhancing the sense of depth and dimensionality in the work.


Garcia’s mastery of light and space is evident in his portrayal of natural phenomena. His ability to convey the subtleties of weather and landscape transforms each painting into a vivid encounter with life itself. By focusing on these elements, Garcia encourages viewers to experience the world more intensely, fostering a deeper appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural environment. Only then can one say that they are profoundly “alive inside.”



* Artworks photography by Rogelio Castillo II





"Fallen Leaves", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024











"Cloudless Summer Sky", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024













"Lost in a Dream", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024












"Late Night Walks", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024












"Stuck on the Shore", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024











"Somewhere Safe", acrylic & oil on canvas, 48x48 inches - 2024