At some point in time, the churches’ intricate and decorative designs have served as a reminder of man’s attempt to illustrate spirituality in tangible forms. No matter how majestic and awe-inspiring they can be, its perceiver finds himself in an introspective state, a moment of intimacy to the images that beholds him. In modern times, museum walls and gallery spaces create a comparable effect as it serves as a place of pilgrimage – a solace to consenting viewers. Jojo Serrano’s works, however reluctant the artist may be with his intent, evokes this same experience to his audience.
In Interior landscape, Serrano explores his theme on reimagined landscapes by imploring his mastery on juxtaposing collage of contrasting images that allow his viewers to ruminate on their inherent value. In his unique artistic guise, toppled chairs cease to be reinterpretation of their actual counterparts; images of animals, insects and house facades transcend their picturesque painterly depiction; and the combined symbolic meaning of the elements are activated generating their own unifying context. He creates an atmosphere of meditation in using an image of a crossing junction that seems to lead us to a baroque church’s apex while on each side directs us to imagery reminiscent of pastures found in rural areas.
Serrano’s intuitive selection of collected images detaches him from their personal connotation but at the same time allows a sublime intervention to pierce through his process. His use of his signature broad, lustrous brush strokes imprints an engrossing artistic gesture over unsuspecting elements. Through this, an onlooker is drawn inside the work’s magnanimous presence or becomes one with it, in isolation with its modest presentation.
In Interior Landscape, Jojo serrano’s sumptuous representation of interiors and fixtures may suggest an enclosing that leads to multiple clerestories, a window that allows sunbeam of interpretations to pass through. In his works he is able to evoke the same artistic power our places of worship used to invoke a certain longing to its followers. Nevertheless, he subverts any malicious intent and turns the walls and spaces into intimate landscapes, personal spaces of boundless possibilities, and a prairie of contemplation.