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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

PILIER


VINCENT PADILLA

PILIER
30 April – 12 May 2008


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Pilier is a continuation of my long-held fascination with the constrictive / redemptive duality of space and the weight of its symbolic force in visual art. The pilier, or pillar, is an ingenious architectural technology of Greco-Roman origin that simultaneously creates, defines, and challenges spatial boundaries with the inherent functionality on one hand and its profound semiotic evocation of strength, force, power, balance, and control on the other.

In socio-political discourse, we often speak in figurative parlance of the so-called “pillars of society,” those men, women or institutions upon which the efficient functioning of civilization rests. Valorized as such, these pillars become larger than life, and, consumed by delusions of grandeur, they stand precariously upon feeble pedestals, eternally oblivious and doomed to their own ignominious isolation.

These two images of the pilier – as technology and as stature – intersect and collide in my own works. Here, I re-imagine the pillar as a weighing scale, or, if you will, a microscope that can pierce through the hypnotic effect of hegemonic discourse and practice.

Indeed, if all art is necessarily political then every artist’s canvas is inevitably a powerful manifesto where hypocrisy, greed, and gluttony for wealth, power, beauty and adulation can be scrutinized and exposed.

In the end, after all, the glutton who stands tall on a web of deceit is no more than a fool who builds his house upon a deck of cards.

- Vincent Padilla

Saturday, April 26, 2008

CRAVINGS

CRAVINGS



The initial offering of the Blue Moon Gallery of the Seven Suites Hotel Observatory presents Cravings – a four-man exhibit that showcases the works of Andy Orencio, Victor Santos, William Antonio and JCrisanto Martinez. Cravings resonates the artists’ intrinsic yearning to generate on canvas an extension of himself; a reflection of his personal internal and external world; creating a distilled visual when an artist bares his soul. The oeuvres themselves are expressed by many visual images and influences, both natural and imposed.

Cravings validates the artists’ role of condensing experiences in a more in depth manner and communicate those experiences to the viewer. No matter what the subject matter, the act of painting is akin to tending the soul. It is also a means to be of service and make a contribution. The art pieces presented are meant to offer optimism, vibrancy, a sense of chaos, a sense of order and, ultimately, a sense of tranquility and the aptness of things.

The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. and shall run until May 17, 2008.

JCRISANTO MARTINEZ : THE POSSIBILITIES OF A BLUE MOON


WILLIAM ANTONIO : ALL WE NEED IS LOVE


VICTOR SANTOS : KAPITAN DE BARANGAY


ANDY ORENCIO : PINAGMISAHAN


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

BEAUTIFUL SINS

Beautiful Sins Exhibit at Artasia Gallery

Sin is defined as the deliberate transgression of religious or moral law that is regarded as something shameful, deplorable or utterly wrong. But when sin becomes beautiful, the lines of distinction often become blurred and confusing.

The exhibition” Beautiful Sins” explores the nature of sin and its seduction of man. Opening on April 23, 2008, at ARTASIA Gallery in Megamall. It will feature 13 artists-Painters Froilan Calayag, Melvin Culaba, Anna De Leon, Jon Jaylo, Janice Liuson-Young, Jason Montinola, Ivan Roxas, CJ Tanedo and Sculptors SEB, MX, Kylo Chua, Nonoy Gepte and Jun Vicaldo. Curated by Benjie Cabangis, the Exhibit will be opened by guest of honor Arceli Limcaco Dans. Performance artist Danny SIllada will render a number.

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