East City Art Reviews: Isabel Manalo Adrenaline
New paintings by Isabel Manalo at Addison/Ripley are a departure for her, exploring large format gestural compositions in bright colors. Yet they represent a continuation of the themes of Filipina identity and conceptual self-portraiture that remain central to her thinking. Called Adrenaline, the show’s title refers to powerful energies released in response to current events. Worked in a variety of media, they are the result of an emotional encounter with the canvas, painted on the floor in a process that recalls the Abstract Expressionist idea. Yet, for Manalo these paintings express her identity in a way exclusive to the Philippines, as each work begins with a character from the Baybayin script.