A special fundraising exhibition of new works by abstractionist Camille Ver will open at Galerie Stephanie on August 27. Known for her usage of urban and the built environment as the foundation of a practice rooted in abstraction, Ver’s works possess the characteristics of cityscapes, skyscraper blueprints, and urban parkour. That experience of pure verve is captured in compositional abstractions, not unlike Rothko’s modernist forays into the multiforms.
The exhibition, aptly called Rebuild, will seek to raise funds for the treatment of the artist’s father, Francis Ver, who is currently battling cancer.
Ver’s reference point is the abstracted aesthetics of a large metropolis. Without depicting a specific place, Ver’s oeuvre represents an archetype of cityscapes—the goal being to reconstruct the emotional character that only exists in urban locations. Ver achieves this through a broader composition of acrylic, which is then layered with lines drawn in with a tec pen, bringing detail and order to an otherwise blurred form.
Her newer works use both black and white lines, that represent the hard lines of an actual cityscape—created in part by a mixture of power cables, laundry lines, telephone poles, and the steel bars of a construction site.
Camille Ver studied at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. The artist avoids the common usage of minimalism in abstraction, preferring large swaths of palette knife strokes and experimentations in color in her practice.
With seven solo shows to her credit, Camille Ver is on the verge of becoming an important player in the development of abstract expressionism in the country’s visual arts scene.
Galerie Stephanie is located at Unit 1B Parc Plaza Building, 183 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (C-5), Libis, Quezon City. They may be reached through their landline at (02) 709-1488.