Elvira Bee Bantug – Running Wild
July 2 - July 20
This coming July, Zari Gallery London presents ‘Running Wild’, the unusual and singularly different vision of Elvira Bee Bantug of wild living waters of Oregon, a coastal U.S. state in the Pacific Northwest teeming with rivers and long stretches of beaches. Here in its many wilderness environment, Bee’s peculiar abstract perspective shines illuminating light on never-before-seen facets of living water. Through her eyes, water takes on unexpected multidimensionality and never been more brilliant; never just plain water. In the map attached she traces the locations of this series of striking images she made while on hiking trips in Oregon.
Technically and conceptually, Bee’s intention is to create evocative imagery using her camera as brush and the objects and world around her as palette, aiming to bridge and blur the edges between photography and painting. And then, pointedly never manipulating her images after the moment of creation. Aesthetically, she likes abstracting the real and manifesting ideas that intimate at the dynamics between expressionism and impressionism to deliver a distinctly different perspective. Philosophically, her interest is to share a new experience of this world: that there is more than meets the eye; that surface realities may not be not all there is. Often, imageries Bee creates hint at a certain presence; a communion with the abundantly rich meta-reality and vital essence rarely accessible, vaguely perceptible, yet that which at each, and every moment infinitely surround our busy lives.
Completely self-taught, her work has been jury-selected at international art competitions, exhibitions and auctions the past 5 years since she began sharing her artwork publicly. She presented her first European exhibition in July 2017 in Lisbon and in January this year, Elvira Bee Bantug was featured as a Selected Artist at Artrooms Fair 2018 London, the only Asian-American artists among 70 international others. Zari Gallery London exclusively represents her work in the United Kingdom.