LAWRENCE CANTO
invitation

Evolution speaks of along, gradual process of natural selection in which only the best and fittest exist in the end. Genetics and physiological components of an organism no longer apt for survival are eventually discarded, and so do traits and behaviors. With humans, culture and civilization would further shape the behavioral part of its make-up, dictating through social norms and standards which are acceptable for the times, and which are unacceptable and therefore ought to disappear. Yet, at this point in history, there remain tendencies from humans’ primordial past which every now and then would surface and emerge. Violence and aggression, for one, is still a ubiquitous presence in human societies. We hear stories of tragedies caused by the dominance of instinct over reason and logic, and many other damages that human inflict upon each other which should have been controlled and tempered by the values and ideals cherished by humanity.

This solo exhibition takes cue from these reflections on the ongoing process of human social evolution, and imagines scenes in which segments of the past are transported to the present time. Pre=human, primitive and pre-modern figures find themselves lost in time and caught up in electronic and digital technology, modern warfare, and other aspects of today’s reality. The characters form anachronistic compositions against a backdrop of urban street life, and create and imaginary loop where past and present coincide. Images of humans situated in scenes of violence dominate the images; a slot machine recalls the element of chance in combining genetic codes, its permutations determining the course of human evolution; weapons of destruction are savagely devoured by beasts amid piles gold bars, suggesting the hunger for bloodshed driven by greed. These pictures emphasize a striking contrast between a civilized environment and the uncivilized tendencies of human behavior, a contrast that reminds us of the vestiges of the times when the harsh game of survival rules the day.

Title: Untitled (Cyclic Redundancy)
Duration: 2:22 min, Looping
Medium: HD with Audio, Single-Channel Projection

Holding on For Dear Life

Title: Holding on for Dear Life
Size: 36 x 36 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Assets and Liabilities

Title: Assets and Liabilites
Size: 50 x 42 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Aggressive Risk Tolerance

Title: Aggressive Risk Tolerance
Size: 52 x 40 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Aggressive Risk Tolerance

Title: For the Rainy Days
Size: 52 x 40 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

High Frequency

Title: High Frequency Trading
Size: 40 x 40 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas


Title: Motherlode
Size: 40 x 52 in
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Animation and video projection installation previews.

Exterior 1 Exterior 2 Exterior 3 Interior 1 Interior 2 Interior 2 Interior 2

Work in progress, behind the scenes.