We were surprised Friday night with a mini event under the stars, at the end of the main street, an art show by three young local talents, housed in a shipping container, painted while, and logoed MON.O.CHROME.
Artists Anuar Habibe, Armando Goedgedrag and Cado de Lannoy, all three familiar names among hipsters on Aruba.
They each presented four or five works, very evocative, from three different starting points.
For Anuar, who also takes photographs in his professional life, people are at the heart of the image. He is an expressionist and reads content hidden beyond the visual aspect of his subjects. One of his pieces depicted a homeless addict, a broken down yet defiant man, in a broken down, dark world. Another image contrasts an isolated little girl in a polka dotted dress, she hardly takes any space, leaning against a giant linear architectural wall, she seems to be looking for something across the street, her hands behind her back. In another image Anuar contracts the order of colonial shutters and louvers with a slightly bent human figure trapped in the space in between.
He just has a talent to snapshot amazing contrasts, as he captured the immense joy of his son, jumping in the flood water inundating the beach, in the wake of a storm.
Armando is a realist, a naturalist cum conservationist, a man with a mission across many art disciplines. His perfect turtle, organ pipe cactus and Shoco owl, all look at us sternly, as if admonishing us for violating their serene, eternal beauty.
Some of his photographs look like paintings, and some of his paintings look like photographs.
The organ pipe cactus printed on an aluminum plate acquires an interesting 3D effect. Very cool.
Cado who usually captures dilapidated cunucu houses and what he calls the hidden treasures of Aruba, the often ignored and neglected corners of the island, explored surfing this time.
In his collection for Mon.O.Chrome he presented a light box, a surfer, sitting against the backdrop of a vast ocean, his back a canvas for the work of a tattoo artist, with a surfing theme. The light box made originally for the art fair, was displayed in its full splendor this time, backlit and luminous.
Also a special image he shot revealed what we hardly ever see. On a clear day, Cado managed to document the full outline of the Venezuelan coastline as seen from Baby Beach. We can sometimes see the peak of a hill peeking from behind the clouds but very rarely the complete topography. I did not understand what I was looking at, at first, because that image was unfamiliar, but the snapshot clearly demonstrates our close proximity to our suffering neighbor from the south.
Very enjoyable effort.
I also visited Circel that evening, they offer lunch as few times a week, as Fundi Bistro, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, expect Beef Bunny, Papaya Monster Stoba, and Minty Dreams, eat in or take out, Tel: 563 6300. Also a 16oz food container with bite size treats.