Keb Cerda takes his exploration of possibilities with new media and painting in a new solo show to open this July. This time, he comes up with a video game using his paintings as battlegrounds. The game draws on a popular mechanics of collecting bounties in the form of virtual gold coins. Using a mobile application developed for his works, viewers become gamers as they navigate spectacular painted scenes of wreckage, ruins, caves, mountains, and factories—all fitting sites for a thrilling gaming adventure . The exhibition continues the artist’s preoccupation with the links between aggression and violence with economy, and highlights trade and possession of gold as igniting wars and armed conflict.

A graduate of advertising from the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP), Keb Cerda’s works mainly reference history and politics through the appropriation of old photographs, offering reflections and commentaries by injecting humor and parody to the original images. The exhibition opened on 22 July at Secret Fresh Gallery, Ronac Art Center, San Juan City, in cooperation with The Working Animals Art Projects.

Curated by Ruel Caasi