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Sunday, October 28, 2007

FONT

Wilfredo "Offe" Offemaria mulls over universality as he incorporates various symbols into his abstract works in "Font," his latest exhibit at Blanc Art Space, 2E Crown Tower, 107 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati.


His preoccupation with writing forms and typeface has him filling canvases with paint-embossed numbers amid broad arcs and random dots, the choice of Arabic numerals an apt metaphor for understanding that encompasses race, geography, discipline, and technology. In some pieces his wide, textured strokes result in Chinese prosperity characters that are the artist's take on oriental brush painting while he refers to the far-reaching influences of the Sino culture, familiar worldwide.


With reverence, Offemaria also renders the native Filipino script Baybayin, more popularly known as Alibata, in part cultural tribute and in part lament about its waning recognition.


"Font" runs from October 29 to November 17, 2007.


For more details please visit www.blanc.ph

Email info@blanc.ph or call/sms 752-0032/0920- 9276436


Saturday, October 27, 2007

TUPADA SINGKWENTA

LANDSCAPES ON PAPER


The OWG Creative Centre presents “Landscapes on Paper”, an exhibition of unique folded paper creations by visual artist Cathy Lasam. The exhibit features abstracted landscapes inspired by Philippine landmarks painted on paper textured using Lasam’s signature style of paper folding.


Lasam describes the creation of her “paperworks” as a highly intuitive process that is initially based on but ultimately deviates from the principles of origami. My work deviates from origami’s mechanical model-making process,” she explains, “because the final form is wholly dependent on my active creative decisions of the movement; creating one-of-a-kind works.”


After the surface of the paper is completely redefined by the initial folding, it undergoes a second transformation as Lasam proceeds to simulate texture through painting. Lasam’s body of the work has evolved over the years from purely non-representational pieces to sculptural forms that suggest images such as folding fans, Christmas Lanterns or “parols,” waterfalls and parts of the human body.


In “Landscapes on Paper”, Lasam’ paperworks enter a new dimension of representational imagery as she uses her by now trademark folded paper textures as ground for the depiction of Philippine panaromas. By folding the paper into repeated forms to create a sculptural relief, the paper becomes not just a surface for painting but an image in itself that shines through in the final work. “The landscape and patterned ground work hand in hand to create a unique visual effect, “Lasam elaborates, “with the folded paper mirroring the final painted image.”


Lasam is a multi-awarded cum laude graduate of the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Her paperworks have been featured in major solo exhibits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the OWG Creative Centre, as well as group shows mounted here and abroad.


Cathy will be on view from October 24 to November 24, 2007.


One Workshop Gallery is located at Ground Floor 2241 La Fuerza Plaza II, Don Chino Roces Avenue corner Sabio St., Makati City. (Walking distance from Magallanes MRT and Mazda Showroom) Gallery hours are from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday.


For more information, call 8105094, fax 8192074, email owgallery@yahoo.com.

PECULIAR PEOPLE


PECULIAR PEOPLE

featuring the works of

ANDRES BARRIOQUINTO

JON JAYLO

CJ TANEDO


30 October 2007 Tuesday 7:00 p.m.


TINTERO ART & DESIGN STUDIO
Unit 502 FSS Building
#20 Scout Tuazon corner Scout Castor Streets
Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City


Friday, October 26, 2007

CESARE AND THE ELECTRIC UNDERGROUND COLLECTIVE


"Cesare & The Electric Underground Collective" performs live for the first time at Mag:net Cafe Bonifacio High Street on Monday, October 29 at 8.00 P.M.


Headlined by 2007 Araw Ng Maynila Awardee Cesare A.X. Syjuco -- along with his equally celebrated daughters Maxine and Trix Syjuco -- the collective is comprised of progressive poets, musicians and performance artists rarely seen on the local café and club circuit, but who have nevertheless reaped much attention and critical acclaim for their innovative work with spoken word and performed poetry.



Along with the famed Syjucos, performers for the evening will include Alfred Yuson, Eghai Roxas, Mannet Villariba, Bob Balingit, Yanna Acosta and Project Ganymede, Danny Sillada, Frank Rivera, Mitch Garcia & Ian Madrigal, Ria Munoz, Nina Beltran, Mat, J.P., Bleeding Boy Noise Orchestra with Troll del Castillo, Lirio Salvador and Elemento, Parking in Mogadishu, and The Blame, among others.



ECONVERSATIONS


RONALDO RUIZ presents his latest artworks in econversations on October 29, 2007, Monday 6:00 PM, at the Whitebox Studio in Cubao Expo, Romulo Ave. Araneta Center, Quezon City.


Combining painting, installation, performance, kinetic sculptures and interactive new media works, the artist seeks dialogue between technology and the environment. In econversations, Ruiz invites the audience to interact with his work, creating site-specific and time-based ephemeral art experiences.


“Communication grows with intervention,” the artist states, as organic elements are conceptually enmeshed with his abstract paintings and performance video. He manipulates plant life by adding them to found objects such as speakers and TV monitors, with the audience providing additional nuances to his artworks via circuit bending components. This multi-sensory experience questions the contemporary struggle of nature to catch up with technology as man asserts his futile attempt at conquering forces stronger than himself. Images overlap in an experimental and experiential situation created for a particular environment, probing the perception of control.


Ruiz is well-known for his paintings, installation and performance pieces combining traditional and new media. As one of the Thirteen Artists Awardees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2003, he was cited as having “significant contributions to the expanding language and evolutionary dynamics of Philippine Contemporary Art.” He is also the artistic director of the Tupada Action and Media Art international action art events, and one of the youngest Outstanding Alumni of the University of the East College of Fine Arts. After his residency in Artspace in Sydney, Australia, Ruiz participated in several exhibitions and performance art events in Canada, China, Brunei, Dubai, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Yugoslavia. He recently participated in the 1st Nagano International Communication Art Festival in Japan.


econversations is open to the public from October 29 to November 15 at 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with the exhibition to commence with free performances by the artist at the Whitebox Studio in Cubao Expo, one of the fastest growing independent art spaces that caters to young breakthrough Filipino visual artists. For more information, please contact the Whitebox Studio through 4373839 or 09183499636. Email: whitebox_studio@yahoo.com.



ECONVERSATIONS

painting, installation, performance, kinetic sculptures and interactive new media works

opens October 29, 2007 @ 6:30 pm.

ends November 15, 2007 @ 9:00 p.m.




Thursday, October 25, 2007

DAKILA : OUT OF THE BOX


We, DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism, an organization of artists from various fields of arts - music, theatre, film, TV, visual arts, creative writing – believe in the potential of every Filipino to be a hero. We advocate a new brand of heroism that could be instilled through awareness, education and involvement. We believe that by doing even the smallest things that would contribute to the greater good, we could all be heroes.

As personalities in our own field of arts, we implore our “powers” to influence the public to make a stand and get involve. In this context, DAKILA has conceptualized the “Out of the Box Experience”. Out of the Box is a campaign towards awareness, education and involvement. It provides venues for the today’s generation to come out of the confines of their everyday mundane existence into an extra- ordinary challenge of discovering their own path to nobility and greatness.

As our opening salvo, we have partnered with the SULONG CARHRIHL Youth Network, an NGO working for the campaign on peace and human rights, to bring you “Out of the Box: Peacetahan sa Penguin – Galing at Sining Para sa Karapatan at Kalinaw”. The activity is an education and music session aimed to educate the audience on the importance of achieving peace and the respect for human rights. Secondly, the event will also serve as the launching of SULONG CARHRIHL Youth Network’s Peacetahan 2008 – A Song and Music Video Contest, Infomercial Contest, and Poster Making Contest - which aims to raise awareness on peace, human rights issues and international humanitarian issues among the youth.

The event will be held on October 26, Friday at around 7:00 p.m. at the Penguin Bar in Malate, Manila . It will feature performances from musicians like DRIP, Session Road and Top Junk. The film compilation “RIGHTS” will also be shown.

In this light, we would like to invite you to be part of the project. We would appreciate it if you could come to the launch at Penguin on October 26 and encourage your friends to submit their entries for the competition on the making of music video, infomercials and posters. Deadline for the competition will be on January 2008.

Your most favorable response will truly contribute in the success of this endeavor. Please feel free to communicate with us at 09228144626 for more details.

We are looking forward to being with you as we explore the world out of our own boxes. Thank you.

e-mail: dakila_ka_pinoy@ yahoo.com. ph . or dakila_artists@ yahoo.com

blogspot: http://www.dakilaka pinoy.blogspot. com . cellular: 09228144626

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

THE SAMSONS

You don't have to be Bart to love the Samsons.

Painters and brothers Jerson, Julio, and Jaypee Samson mount a three-man show this month at Kaida Gallery. But unlike the dysfunctional and comical family glorified in American primetime animation, the Samsons are anything but goofy and trivial in their representations of contemporary Philippine society.

Jerson Samson himself as a 'taga-masid' (observer) or 'taga-kwento' (story-teller) of everyday realities, from the mundane to the bizarre. At a time when stories tend to revolve around the centers of power, Jerson Samson chooses to represent stories from the margins of society. These, such as urban poor slums, are spaces often hidden away from the view of tourists or dignitaries, sites occupied by most of the nation's rural poor population.

Julio Samson delivers a more scathing critique of societal ills and excesses in a series of paintings depicting contemporary personalities as half-human and half-animal. The artist appropriates traditional and historical animal symbolisms--often predator species which denote a variety of vices or unsavory qualities--and juxtaposes these with human figures whose attires similarly denote the dominance in the political, economic, military, and religious hierarchies of our contemporary times.

Jaypee Samson exhibits in this show a series of works articulating the woes of the present Philippine public education system. He pays tribute to a familiar though often overlooked figure: the public school teacher, steward of the nation's future. Aware of the increasing dearth of educators, either forced to leave their vocations or find jobs overseas due to economic exigencies, Samson quietly pays tribute to what he terms as the 'new heroes' of this generation: teachers who strive to educate their students at all costs and through whatever means, in spite of the crisis facing

The three Samson brothers all completed their degrees in Fine Arts (major in Painting) at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Fine Arts in Diliman, Quezon City and have earned individual distinctions in various Philippine art competitions.

A consistent Finalist in the 27th, 28th, and 29th Shell National Students Art Competition, Jerson Samson went on to win the Juror's Choice distinction in the 1997 Representational Category of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) Annual Art Competition. He was a Finalist in the 2003 Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards, and the 2000 and 2001 Metrobank Foundation Young Painters Annual. He was also included in the Top Five of the 1999 Philip Morris Philippine Art Awards.

Julio Samson is currently taking up his Masters in Fine Arts, also at UP and has completed units in educational teaching at the Marikina Institute of Science and Technology. He is a Semi- Finalist in the 2006 Philippine Art Awards sponsored by the Philip Morris Group of Company, the Metrobank Art and Design Competition (Sculpture Division), the 2003 Art Association of the Philippines and The Philippine Olympic Committee "Sports on Canvas and Paper Painting Competition", the 2000 Metrobank Young Painter’s Annual Painting Tilt, and the 1997 Pilipinas Shell National Student’s Art Competition.

The youngest of the three, Jaypee Samson is a triple Grand Prize awardee in the 2005 Government Service and Insurance System (GSIS) Painting Competition (Student Category), the 2004 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (Oil-Based Medium on Canvas Category), and the 2004 18th Visual Art National Competition for the PLDT-DPC Telephone Directory Cover. He has held two solo exhibitions since 2006.

The Samsons opens on 28 October, 6 p.m. (Sunday) and runs until the 12th of November 2007 at Kaida Gallery, located at the 2nd Floor, GFO Building, 122 Kamuning Road, Quezon City, Philippines 1102. For inquiries, please call (632) 4144777. 0928.5057285. www.kaidagallery.com.

“The Samsons”

Jerson Samson • Julio Samson • Jaypee Samson

KAIDA GALLERY

28 October – 12 November 2007


TANGLAW


TANGLAW

University of the Philippines' National Artists
- Abueva Amorsolo Bencab Botong Imao Joya Legaspi Manansala Tolentino


6:00 p.m. Thursday October 25, 2007

Kawilihan Gallery of the UP Vargas Museum


The exhibition will run until 9 February 2008

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

THE ART OF ARIS BAGTAS

The Art of Aris Bagtas
3rd One Man Show

Renaissance Gallery
Artwalk SM Megamall Bldg. A
Mandaluyong City

October 26, 2007
Opening 6pm

www.arisbagtas. ht.cx

CONTROLLED SPONTANEITY



Saturday, October 20, 2007

THE NEW LITERATI

PERYA

PERYA

Rodel Tapaya

The exhibit was inspired by a local carnival called perya, a place of chance, amusements and horror. Perya’s locality, things and people are very powerful subjects in painting. Most of the series are very lively in terms of color but ironically these paintings are no happy pictures. Today we seldom see perya. But I think its presence can be felt. Game shows that give prize money in exchange of self humiliation, people with disabilities are still deprived from job opportunities and rights, gambling seen as a way to have a better life. The exhibit invites its viewers to experience perya once again. Not just a place to take pleasure in games of chance, fun rides and see terrifying images but also witness a social reality.

Twenty-seven year old Rodel Tapaya studied Painting at University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. He won the grand prize in the 2001 Nokia Arts Awards Asia-Pacific held in Seoul, Korea and was sent for intensive art studies on drawing and painting at the Parsons School of Design in New York and at the University and of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. He was short - listed for two consecutive years 2005 and 2006 by Ateneo Art Awards.

PERYA

Opens on October 20

Until November 7, 2007

Boston Gallery

72 Boston St. corner Lantana St. Cubao, Quezon City

For Inquiries call 722 – 9205

www.thebostongallery.com

www.thebostongallery.tk


SIREN


The Osage Art Foundation will be presenting the following on Saturday, 20 October 2007 at Osage Kwun Tong:

20 October 2007 3 PM: Siren Adapted Performance by Koala Yip & Nina Habulan-Gelladuga (free of charge)

An adaptation of the 10 October opening performance of Siren. At the centre of this exhibition is Christopher Lau and Samson Young's installation, “Gong-Tormented Sea”. The multi-disciplinary duo's sombre interpretation of W. B. Yeats' middle period epic poem “Byzantium” provides the thematic focus for Siren - water, reflection, and the ontology of the living and breathing body. New media artists John Wong and Pong Lam and choreographers Nina Hayuma Habulan-Gelladuga, Tomas Belen and Koala Yip weave the gallery space into a tapestry of dark and aqueous multi-media. Recorded music of a Quartet from City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, performed live during opening night, will be integrated to this upcoming performance.

20 October 2007 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Workshop by Donna Miranda (free of charge)

This workshop is ideal for individuals with interest in body, dance and performance. Using release-based techniques, the class begins with floor work moving into movement explorations across space. Contemporary dance is dancing the truth of our bodies; together we shall challenge our instincts, intuition, energy and perception via gestures and authentic physical actions.

20 October 2007 6:30 PM: “Of course not, since this is a bathtub…” Performance (free of charge)

This solo dance piece by Philippine independent dance artist, Donna Miranda, delves into the discourse of the absurd through the symbolic articulation of a world allied by fears and anxiety via melodramatic allusions to love, desire, poverty and sentimental songs that lead to the comic tragedy of our chosen paths.



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