BE THE_

Chati Coronel

We are delighted to inaugurate our Online Viewing Room with a presentation entitled BE THE_ by contemporary artist, Chati Coronel. In this digitally exclusive exhibition, we are displaying fifty prints: ten editions in five sets––the first half of Coronel’s ten-part series. Conceived and completed by the artist during the height of the health crisis, these optimistic works mark a hopeful end to a year of immeasurable challenge and change.

Widely known for marrying text and visuals in her word paintings, Coronel now reflects her articulate practice through prints in BE THE_. To further illustrate her indivisible relationship with words, Coronel composed poems for each of the five sets featured in this presentation––‘BE THE: Free’, ‘BE THE: Impossible’, ‘BE THE: Fire’, ‘BE THE: Mighty’, and ‘BE THE: Kindest’. These prints take the format of magazine covers, a publication Coronel considers hugely influential to one’s perspective. With this detail in mind, the artist motivates viewers to adopt introspection through her topical series––to ‘SEE INSIDE’ as the text in each of these works instructs. Despite the repetitive nature of this medium, no two prints are identical; each piece reflects a unique and distinct character.

'The “BE THE” series is a play on Mahatma Gandhi’s quote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world” presented in the format of a magazine cover. Infusing pop culture reference into my process of Figurative Spatialism, I explore the power of the word as a system of becoming. Here, I use the printing medium for its power of repetition but I remain true to the methodology of creating layers to reveal an inner world in each piece.

“BE THE” is a follow up to my text-filled 2015 Word Paintings series but it is my first exploration into the power of multiplicity through the process of linocut printing.

 

The magazine cover is a format we are used to seeing. Its specifically designed and repeated configurations of text and form have influenced our way of being, from what clothes to buy, what cause to fight for, what we should look like, to how we should feel about ourselves. I wanted to use this format to point towards inner being and to give a sense of hope and empowerment especially during this time of human crisis.'

 

- CC -

 BE THE_Free

 

Attention

Own

Your 

own

Consciousness

Own

Your 

own

Attention

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Free 0109, 0101, 0110, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Free 0109, 0101, 0110, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

 BE THE_Free

 

Attention

Own

Your 

own

Consciousness

Own

Your 

own

Attention

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Impossible (Fulfilled) 0207, 0205, 0209, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Impossible

 

The Way 

to 

Slay

Eternal

Hunger 

Is 

To 

Feed It

Eternal

Love

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Impossible (Fulfilled) 0207, 0205, 0209, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Impossible

 

The Way 

to 

Slay

Eternal

Hunger 

Is 

To 

Feed It

Eternal

Love

BE THE_Fire

 

Fire

Catches

Thought

Catches

Word

Word

Breathes 

Air 

Breathes

Fire

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Fire (That Lights the Way) 0302, 0303, 0305, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Fire (That Lights the Way) 0302, 0303, 0305, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Fire

 

Fire

Catches

Thought

Catches

Word

Word

Breathes 

Air 

Breathes

Fire

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Mighty (And Then Serve) 0401, 0409, 0403, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Mighty

 

Hope

Multiplies

Courage 

Multiplies

Strength

Gives

Purpose

Brings

Hope

Multiplied 

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Mighty (And Then Serve) 0401, 0409, 0403, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Mighty

 

Hope

Multiplies

Courage 

Multiplies

Strength

Gives

Purpose

Brings

Hope

Multiplied 

BE THE_Kindest

 

Your heart

Is

A blood cup

Where

The sun

Also 

Rises 

Love 

Blooms

Light

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Kindest (Kind) 0502, 0508, 0510, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

CHATI CORONEL, BE THE: Kindest (Kind) 0502, 0508, 0510, linocut prints on acid-free paper, 30h x 22w in. each, Edition of 10 (2020)

BE THE_Kindest

 

Your heart

Is

A blood cup

Where

The sun

Also 

Rises 

Love 

Blooms

Light

 

How to be free

 

The leaves are stuttering

Because they are

Not real

They are not

Not real

Here

Not here

Not

Not Here

The leaves are stuttering

Because

They are free

 

 

Chati Coronel on her "BE THE_" series

About

    Chati Coronel (b. 1970, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Toronto, Canada) has been consistently evolving her painting practice for twenty-eight years and in that time, she has developed a singular artistic voice. Her distinct painting methodology, which she refers to as ‘Figurative Spatialism’ is a process by which negative space is painted over completed layers of text and abstract gestures until a silhouette is enclosed. This leaves her paintings’ subjects, often human figures empty to expose the abstract layers below. By effectively omitting the usual visual cues that point to race, age or personality, Coronel chooses instead to give her human forms an inner world, a human universality. Coronel is represented by Silverlens Galleries and has exhibited her work in Manila, Los Angeles, Florence, Singapore, and most recently, Art Basel Hong Kong.

Chati Coronel (b. 1970, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Toronto, Canada) has been consistently evolving her painting practice for twenty-eight years and in that time, she has developed a singular artistic voice. Her distinct painting methodology, which she refers to as ‘Figurative Spatialism’ is a process by which negative space is painted over completed layers of text and abstract gestures until a silhouette is enclosed. This leaves her paintings’ subjects, often human figures empty to expose the abstract layers below. By effectively omitting the usual visual cues that point to race, age or personality, Coronel chooses instead to give her human forms an inner world, a human universality. Coronel is represented by Silverlens Galleries and has exhibited her work in Manila, Los Angeles, Florence, Singapore, and most recently, Art Basel Hong Kong.

BE THE_Free

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BE THE_Impossible (Fulfilled)

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BE THE_Fire (That Lights the Way)

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BE THE_Mighty (And Then Serve)

Chati Coronel
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BE THE_Kind

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