For “Parsing Spaces”, sculptor Nixxio Castrillo creates abstractions in his sculptures– lyrical yet succinct forms that surprise viewers with complex geometries. His works capture the tension between the spontaneity of the imagination and the restraint of meticulous craftsmanship. For Castrillo, sculpture is analyzation: a process of engaging with the material world and interpreting the possibilities it provides.
Nixxio Castrillo’s sculptures embrace a raw sensibility that emerges through their making. He complements his intuitive form-making process with great attention to detail. He also employs labor-intensive metal fabrication techniques to realize challenging compound-complex curves, angular geometries, and the intersection of disparate volumes. The artist makes it a point to continuously experiment with imagery and techniques to express new possibilities, creating an eclectic oeuvre honed and sharpened by his engagement with formal abstraction.
For after all, Nixxio Castrillo, whose background is in architecture and management, was the studio manager of his father, the late renowned Filipino sculptor Eduardo Castrillo. For years, he acted as the co-pilot to his father’s artistic work. His involvement and exposure to Ed Castrillo’s sculptural discipline has allowed him to build up on the fundamentals of the art while allowing him to distill his own artistic language.
Nixxio’s artistic style infuses color, with architectural forms and tight compositions, nuances which he learned and understood as a departure from the particularly defined creations of his father. Each facet of Nixxio’s own unique oeuvre explores in the form of odes and tributes to his renowned and highly accomplished father. His background in architecture has made an impact to his body of work, most apparent in how his artworks interact with the environment, creating canyons and valleys of shadows between lines.
“Parsing Spaces” by Nixxio Castrillo will be on view at Galerie Joaquin U.P. Town Center from February 27 – March 8, 2020 with the Artist Reception scheduled for Monday, March 2 at 6PM. The gallery is located on the 2nd Floor of Phase 2, U.P. Town Center, Katipunan Ave, Diliman, Quezon City.