Opening Reception of Isobel Francisco: Disposable Lives
EVENT #: 30156
On July 17, 2018, ArtistSpace and Metro Gallery present DISPOSABLE LIVES, the 5th solo exhibition of visual artist, Isobel Francisco. Disposable Lives chronicles the artist’s visual sojourn as she stares into the void of existence. In Francisco’s hands, waste becomes the central point of the discussion as the artist likens our brief lives to “cosmic garbage,” desperately piecing together human experiences that inevitably decay, disappear, or are rendered meaningless. Building upon the central image of the garbage bag, which was introduced in her 2016 exhibition Sea of Fertility, she wonderfully executes a collection that captures her observations on human ruin.
While the duality of life and destruction reverberated through her previous exhibition, Francisco’s latest show is an affront to the age-old delusion of man as the center of the universe.
About the Artist
A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, Isobel “Iso” Francisco has been making waves in the local and international art scene for her signature gritty aesthetic. Specializing in oil, she also dabbles in ink and digital tools. Since her debut in December 2011, the prolific artist has mounted a number of exhibitions in distinguished art spaces in Metro Manila as well as in Hong Kong and China.
Drawing the interest of art critics and aficionado’s for her vivid treatment of her subjects, Francisco is a refreshing revelation of the contemporary artistic ethos. The artist’s work has been prominently featured in a number of print and online publications. She was one of the 75 artists included in “Filipino Artists in Their Studios Volume 2”, launched in April 2018 in the Manila Bulletin. She has also been recently awarded an art residency at the Vermont Studio Center in the United States of America.