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Thursday, September 25, 2008

15 FILIPINO ABSTRACTIONISTS AT GALERIE ANNA


Galerie Anna proudly presents the exhibition: Flash! Fifteen Filipino Abstractionists, from October 18 to November 10, 2008. This major exhibition covering Philippine Abstract practitioners from the Sixties to the present includes some of the most recognized names in Philippine Modern Art, as well as some of the most interesting and exciting Abstract practitioners of the present. They include: Ross Capili, Danilo Garcia; Andrew de Guzman, Fitz Herrera, Raul Isidro, Alfredo Liongoren, Sio Montera, J Elizalde Navarro, Eghai Roxas, Hermi Santo, Sherwin Tan, Roy Veneracion, Phillip Victor, Javy Villacin and Nestor Olarte Vinluan.

The exhibition includes such pivotal practitioners as National Artist Jeremias Elizalde Navarro, whose in-depth readings of Wassily Kandinsky and Hans Hoffmann in New York brought new life and vigor to color-field Abstraction in the 1950s; to Phillip Victor, whose indigenous location in Bulacan did not prevent him from gaining insight as a Minimalist practitioner whose ethos is still tied to the timeless intimacy of landscape. They also include the works of renowned 2nd generation artists of the 1960s and 1970s like the elegiac tropical rainfall-like strokes of former Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts, Nestor Olarte Vinluan; the calligraphic simplicity of artist Alfredo Liongoren; the elegant circular geometries of Raul Isidro; the hybrid “syncretistic abstractions” of Roy Veneracion; the mystical but exuberant coloration of Hermi Santo; the illusionistic capacities of Abstractionist Eghai Roxas; the serene hard-edged chromatic submlimations of Danilo Garcia; the diaphanous-like curtains and strokes of color by Ross Capili; or the geometric planarity-plus-expressive gesturalism of Cebu-based Abstractionist Javy Villacin.

They in turn inspire and are joined by third generation abstractionists like Pulilan, Bulacan-based colorfield artist Andrew de Guzman; Cebu-based multi-faceted Abstractionist and UP Cebu Fine Arts Professor Dennis “Sio” Montera; calligraphic artist and Zen Abstractionist Sherwin Tan; or Postmodern Abstractionist Fitz Herrera.

FLASH! Fifteen Filipino Abstractionists shall be on view at Galerie Anna, 7th floor, Ramon Magsaysay Center, Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila 1004 Philippines. For more information and queries about the gallery and the exhibition, you can log on to www.galerieanna.com, contact Gallery Manager Mr. Joffrey Baylon at landline number (632) 5679483, or email at info@galerieanna.com.


JUST ANOTHER'S STORY


TAUTAUHAN | AUSCULTATION

BEYOND PERFORMANCE

OF LOVERS AND DREAMERS



OF LOVERS AND DREAMERS
Hermes Alegre and Ral Arrogante in Aphrodite/Icarus
Reuben Ramas Cañete, Ph.D.



Mythology has a way of teaching us how to be the best of ourselves. Although mythology can, of course, construct a false picture of the world (witness the imaginings of bodily perfection and illusory equality found in popular culture, one that was critiqued as far ago as 1958 by French Poststructuralist Roland Barthes), it can nonetheless project one’s emotional and social vision of what can be ideally possible, given the real limitations of material existence. This was the rationale behind Plato’s Republic, where the act of banishing artists, and privileging philosophers in the ideal city-state was based on the vision of the Ideal: that the pursuit and perfection of knowledge and ideas would result in a more truthful and authentic lived experience than the falsities of illusionistic depiction.

In this Postmodern day and age, mythology has once more become a “real entity” due to the questioning of essentialism, reductionism, and the revealed fallacy of logocentrism. Postmodernism has also revealed the tenacity of a lived illusion that becomes more real than reality itself. In popular cultural terms, one can collapse this into the famous scene in the 1999 film The Matrix, when Morpheus reveals to Neo the basis of the Matrix’s existence as an illusory world constructed to benefit the machines, relying on the power of docile human bodies whose warmth it needs for power, but whose minds the Matrix has to satisfy by allowing them to dream their respective (but illusory) lives.

This realization is important, not because we want the world to remain hooked on fantasies at the expense of material realities, but because the human mind is capable of transforming the real world into a fantasy which it can justify as our own utopia. Art has this power to transform us by transfixing our mental gaze to an ideal world, a world that can be made real by economics, power, and the social networks that bind and liberate individuals to choose their respective paths of life.

Thus, Aphrodite/Icarus, the current two-man exhibition of paintings by Hermes Alegre, and sculptures by Ral Arrogante, should be qualified as an “awakening dream,” a realization of the power of myths not only to entrance and entrap, but also to liberate, renew, and re-imagine. Alegre’s paintings of idealized women, often located in the rural outdoors, and armored with their entrancing shawls, skimpy skirts, and robust bodies, not only shows the power of women that make men “weak at the knees,” they are also embodiments of the national mythology of female fertility as the fundamental icon to spur patriotic (hence, masculine) virility. Located in a deeper tradition of secular painting leading all the way to Fernando Amorsolo’s archetypical dalagang bukid, Alegre’s women nevertheless contains the energy, sensuality, and polysemy of the contemporary Filipina, whose more than equal contribution to the political economy through their vast quantities of often-unacknowledged labor, both domestic and overseas, allows the nation itself to survive, and sustain their families. Alegre shows these women in the eyes of a lover, whose passion to be with them speaks not necessarily of sexual inequality and hedonism, but rather of the need for men to also justify their lived production via an edificatory—and nowadays complementary—salute to the economy of gender.

Ral Arrogante’s sculptures, on the other hand, deal with the specifically masculine dream for flight. Arrogante’s unique approach to sculpture via the use of recycled brass and copper metal scrap, refashioned by hand into fantastic and phantasmagoric devices, beings, and creatures, belies the capacity of human beings for ecological annihilation. Rather, Arrogante dredges up the valuable refuse of contemporary humanity’s wasteful material technology to form memnonically valuable, post-apocalyptic relics of humanity’s capacity to remember and renew. Shaped into winged insects, ancient biplanes, gyrocopters, and human-powered gliders (complete with human-powered “engines”) Arrogante’s sculpture awakens us in two directions. Firstly, his work triggers our memories for an often-suppressed childhood, of our lost time in carefree play and innocent nothingness. Secondly, he allows us to realize our present and future, by contrasting our current world of wasteful production and our own maxed-out multitasked urbanity; as well as the more ominous tomorrow filled with the dire predictions of global-warmed cataclysms, social collapse into “pre-technology,” and the reduction of the human world into “the few but the fit.”

These works, when combined together, shows the power of contemporary Philippine Art to outgrow its listless co-practitioners, whose love for their own bluster and bluff fails to mask their ignorance and inconsequence. For a dream to be successful, it must allow us to realize the roots of our past, and the transformative power that great ideas bring to the human condition. Harking to the mythological attributes of two famed Greek figures, the goddess of love (Aphrodite), and the doomed son of humanity’s greatest inventor (Icarus), the works of Hermes Alegre and Ral Arrogante speak of the Filipino present through the memories of our past, but use this metalanguage to allow us to think of the way out of the emerging darkness of tomorrow. That art still has that power to transform means that mythology, for all its dysfunctionalities, still has a role to play in the realization of our dreams.


LABYRINTH OF BLOOMS



KATRINA PALLON is a 22-year old visual artist/ freelance painter, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer, and mask-maker. In April 2007, she graduated as a Magna Cum Laude from the University of the Philippines- Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication. A maximalist whose creative works are highly influenced by the intricacies of French art nouveau, her paintings, illustrations, and photographs attest to her love for elaborate designs and her knack for romanticizing even the simplest of subjects. Her works echo her enthrallment to Venetian masks which she fuses with ornate Pan-Asian motifs to visually depict surreal landscapes, figures and montages. Her works are mostly about the play of colours – of warm, vivid tones to translate into paintings and/or photographs even the darkest and melancholic of images.


Aside from actively participating in group art exhibitions, she is presently working on mass producing her thesis – a coffee table book on masks and the MassKara Festival of Bacolod City – which has earned an Award of Merit for Thesis in the Publications Category and an Award of Excellence for Thesis Research. This she does while participating in spoken word events (Romancing Venus), singing for an independent band called Scarlet Tears, and continuing to do numerous masks, paintings, illustrations, as well as capturing photographs.

She resides in Sta. Ana, Manila with 9 rabbits and 6 cats. Masks, flora, circuses, and carnivals fascinate her to no end and have been her constant source of inspiration for her artistic works.




ONLINE PORTFOLIOS:

The Art of Katrina Pallon
www.katrinapallon.com

Midnight Masquerade: Blogs, Illustrations, Paintings, and Photography
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DeviantArt Gallery
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Photo Collection
www.flickr.com/photos/katrina_pallon



I AIN'T THAT KIND OF ANGEL


I Ain't That Kind of Angel
DENNIS ASCALON

opening
Thursday 25th September 2008 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
(diagonally opposite the Sri Mariamman Temple, Pagoda St Exit)
229A South Bridge Road (2nd Level) Singapore 058778
Tel: 6226 2605 E-mail: utterlyart@pacific.net.sg
Mon-Sat 12 noon - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs to Sunday 5th October 2008
We are closed Wednesday 1st October 2008 for Hari Raya Puasa.



Artist's statement: In this collection of alternative mixed media works using the sewn lines of embossed quilting, the predominant images are the angels and the toys they are riding. The angels represent the substance of humanity and the toy rocking horses stand for the nature of humanity's weaknesses in the face of materialism, differing realities and carnal passions. The works find their names in horse talk because all of these expressions of human nature are basically just a trip… and our choices of rides.

It is a satire on the sensibilities of people, given our notion of good as represented in our versions of religion. The stories that I get are stories that I have been exposed to in a life clothed and unclothed by my community’s practice of religion.

This is a social argument on the normal things people do wherein a high premium is given on options. We can always justify the choices that we make. I see that this is how it will always be with people, given the dictates of sexuality and ambition.

Well then, my angels are not your usual church-going angels.





Dennis Ascalon (b. 1960, Iloilo City) graduated from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas, Iloilo, and from La Consolacion College, School of Architecture and Fine Arts, Bacolod. A member of the Black Artists in Asia, he was also an executive council member for visual arts for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts for the Visayas (2001-2004). He has been collected by the Singapore Art Museum, and has exhibited in the Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, but this will be his first solo exhibition overseas.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

THE YOUNG AMORSOLO AS ILLUSTRATOR


Written by eminent Tagalog writer Lope K. Santos and illustrated by the young Fernando Amorsolo, "Ganito Pala sa Maynila" was a popular comic strip which satirized the social issues during the American occupation of the Philippines, serialized in the Bagong Lipang Kalabaw magazine from 1922 to 1924. Selected illustrations by the young Fernando Amorsolo from 1909 to 1924 go on exhibit in Tell-tale: The Artist as Storyteller, Amorsolo as Co-author, the Lopez Museum's unique contribution to the Amorsolo Retrospective project.

The National Artist for the Fine Arts had collaborated with early 20th century writers--Tagalog novelists Iñigo Regalado and Severino Reyes, editor Lope K. Santos and writer-educator Camilo O. Osias.

In the exhibit, the readers would recognize both the texts and their accompanying illustrations as creating certain narratives – critical or sympathetic, given the politics of the writers.

Amorsolo illustrated the first Tagalog novel of Regalado Madaling Araw (1909) and likewise rendered drawings in the cover of Liwayway magazines where Regalado served as editor. Amorsolo's illustrations for Reyes' first Tagalog novel Parusa ng Diyos (1911) were collaborations with the author and with other artists--Irineo Miranda and N. Reyes--done when he was a student. Osias' Philippine Readers (1924) used in the primary grades were illustrated by Amorsolo, bringing to life the stories of virtues and examples of good and proper behavior.

Behavior, particularly of those in the urban setting, is shown up in the comic strip Ganito Pala sa Maynila a popular comic strip during the American occupation of the Philippines written by Santos and illustrated by Amorsolo. The comic strip, serialized in the satirical magazine Bagong Lipang Kalabaw magazine from 1922 to 1924, was the second to have been published in the Philippines, the first being Kiko at Angge published in sister magazine Telambang a few months ahead.

Manila society of the early 1920s was unreservedly portrayed in the comic strip and became a topic of conversation in many social circles. The success of the story lies in the vivid portrayal of the social ills of Manila and the moral lessons from the simple but sincere provinciano who was innocently caught in the gay and troubling Manila society of his time.

The Amorsolo Retrospective aims to take another look at the country's first National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo, through a four-month multi-venue exhibition of his finest works. The exhibition at the Lopez Museum opens on September 24, 2008 and will run until April 4, 2009.

The Lopez Memorial Museum is located at the ground floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays-Saturdays, 8am-5pm, except holidays. Contact Fanny at 631-2417 for more information or email admin@lopez- museum.org.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

PARIAL, LEAŇO, ORENCIO, AND VILLANUEVA



Parial, Leaňo, Orencio, and Villanueva
until 3 October 2008
KAIDA GALLERY



On view from 21 September to 3 October 2008 at Kaida Gallery in Quezon City are two back-to-back shows featuring new works by Philippine visual artists Erwin Leaňo, Jim Orencio, and Cris Villanueva and a solo exhibition of Mikel Parial. Kaida Gallery is located at the 2nd Floor, GFO Building, 122 Kamuning Road, Quezon City, Philippines 1102.

In Between Divisions, a three-man show by Antipolo-based artists Erwin Leaňo, Jim Orencio and Cris Villanueva, will be on view at Kaida’s Main Gallery. Painter, printmaker and photographer Mikel Parial holds a one-man show of recent works at Kaida Gallery’s Gray Wall.

The two shows will open simultaneously on the 21st of September (Sunday), 6:00 p.m. The exhibits will be on view at the gallery until the 3rd of October.

Kaida Gallery is an art space devoted to showcasing works by contemporary Philippine artists. Established in 2006 in Quezon City, Kaida Gallery features young, dedicated, and emerging painters and sculptors as well as supporting collaborations between them and established names in Philippine art. For inquiries, please call (632) 4144777 or write info@kaidagallery.com.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

SCALEWINGS

“e n g K W E N T r O "


“e n g K W E N T r O "
a two- man exhibition of recent paintings by
MangRobang and Philipp Ines

on September 16, Tuesday,
6:30 pm at the Art Asia Gallery
fourth level of SM Megamall.

Josue Mangrobang has developed a distinctive style as a painter, producing canvases filled with double images": detailed compositions rendered through transparencies, layerings, and interplays of positive and negative space. Mangrobang's works combine naturalism and stylization, the conceptual and the pictorial. His subjects and themes often revolve community and fishing scenes which comprise his environment as a resident of the flood-prone and coastal city ofMalabon. A multi-awarded painter, Mangrobang is a national finalist in the 2008 Philip Morris Philippines Art Awards. He was also cited as a finalist in the water media category of the 2002 Metrobank Young Painter Competition and the 2000 and 1999 Shell National Students Mangrobang holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (major in Painting) from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman. He is currently pursuing a double degree, major in Art History from the same institution.

Philipp Ines is currently exploring a transitional style combining realism with the visual culture of mainstream media and art production: where stylized motifs derived from technology, special effects, and machines merge scenes from the local and the historical. Since the start of 2008, Ines has produced a series of paintings simulating and integrating the vivid visual effects of neon laser lights used in the mainstream media and advertising industry. Ines juxtaposes these effects against a backdrop of monochromatic vignettes from the artist's studio or the streets, fusing nostalgia and novelty into a single work. Ines studied Painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in Diliman, Quezon City. He is a finalist at the 1999 Shell National Student Art competition. Ines has been working as an art director at a major TV network since 2003.

17 ARTISTS. 17 WORKS: A SYNERGY AT METRO GALLERY


17 ARTISTS. 17 WORKS: A SYNERGY AT METRO GALLERY


Raymond Go, Pedro Garcia , Rovi Salegumba, Melvin Arlegui, Jigger Cruz, Stiffen Taneo, Jose Montinola, Rianne Salvarita, Gino Tioseco, Joel Bartolome, Christian Tamondong, Jojo Austria, CJ Tanedo, Carlo Ongchangco, Charlie Co, Nunelucio Alvarado, Susanito Sarnate are the artists featured in “ 17 Artists. 17 Works: A Synergy at the Metro Gallery located at 455 P. Guevarra St., San Juan City. The show is on view until October 16, 2008. For details, call Chitty Labiran at 0917-8115399 or email at chittyrene@hotmail. com.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

APHRODITE | ICARUS


Galerie Anna, a world-class service provider of Philippine and Global Art in the national and international market, proudly presents the two man-exhibition of Hermes Alegre and Ral Arrogante titled "AphroditeIcarus." The title takes on Greek mythological personalities to describe the individual showcase of both artists. Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, of sexual desire, eroticism, and female power. This feminine power and attraction characterizes the painted women of Hermes Alegre. On the other hand, Icarus, the winged male form, symbol of youth, virility and heroic audacity, is embodied in the “scrapological” sculptural pieces of Ral Arrogante.

In Greek mythology, two figures stand out in the modern mind as being the epitomes of the greatest aspirations of man. The goddess of beauty and love, Aphrodite, is the classic visage of the eternally beautiful soul linked with the always fascinating and perfected beautiful body. Icarus, on the other hand, symbolizes man's ultimate quest for freedom, and to reach the hitherto impossible dream of man-powered flight. In the exhibition AphroditeIcarus, these two aspects, eternal beauty and the aspiration for freedom, are intertwined and given meaning by the work of two contemporary meisters in Philippine Art: painter Hermes Alegre and sculptor Ral Arrogante. Alegre's paintings of women in a folk or mythical setting, utilizing nature as his source of inspiration and domicile of femininity, epitomizes the Filipino's ideal of the Ultimate Beauty. She animates our world in an almost mystical, goddess-like manner, coyly looking at the audience from her protective screen of foliage and fabrics like a precious flower in ephemeral bloom. On the other hand, Arrogante's sculptures of man-powered flight, and other beings and devices that zip across the heavens, made from recycled brass, cleverly conflates the child-like wonder that everyone has for the freedom of flight, and the realization of this fragile dream as based on material and ecological realities. Alegre's paintings remind us of the eternal values of art that ennoble and give value to humanity, while Arrogante's sculptures make us realize the fragility of humanity, and how our aspiration for freedom must be tempered by prudence, foresight, and practice.

This conjoining of two forces through the work of two figurative artists results in a synergy of values that speaks to the present about the need for both balance and risk, eternity and ephemerality, and stability and daring. Ultimately, AphroditeIcarus is also about two faces of the human condition seen within the perspective of a single exhibition, both contributing to the strength of the other, and reinforcing their message as a total statement of the condition of mankind in the contemporary and yet classic-minded age.

Hermes Alegre is a celebrated portraitist, painter of Filipina beauty, and follower of the modern figurative tradition in Philippine Art in the footsteps of Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, and Benedicto Cabrera. Ral Arrogante is a sculptor who believes in the value of recycled brass as an ecological and yet long-lasting artistic statement on the need to conserve our resources, and maximize the possibilities of material through the unlimited potential of the mind to convert and transform the ordinary into the timeless. Arrogante is also currently the President of the Society for Philippine Sculptors (SPS).

"AphroditeIcarus" opens on Firday, September 19, 2008, at Galerie Anna, located on the 7th Floor, Ramon Magsaysay Center, Roxas Boulevard, Manila (beside Manila Diamond Hotel).The exhibition will run until October 3, 2008. For details an inquiries, please call Joffrey Baylon at Tel. # (02) 567-94-83, or mobile # 0927-462-7567. You may also visit Galerie Anna online at www.galerieanna.com.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

IN FOCUS : RAL ARROGANTE



RAL ARROGANTE, self-taught artist and a businessman, is presently the head of the Society of Philippine Sculptors (SPS). He is known for his scrap metal wind-driven sculpture depicting ecological subjects. Ral is also a former officer of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP) and he commits himself in sharing his talent and know-how with young artists and children in depressed communities.

He used to be the assistant to the commercial attach of the Swiss Embassy in Manila, The commerce graduate, however, gradually transferred his energies to art. Since his first foray into the scene in 1986 until 1990, he called himself a "weekend artist," his management and marketing savvy, in corporate or diplomatic terms, taking more of his time. Ral Arrogante is presently one of the front-liners in contemporary Philippine sculpture and is likewise an active member of the ecological artists group EarthArt.

Ral Arrogante is a sculptor who believes in the value of recycled brass as an ecological and yet long-lasting artistic statement on the need to conserve our resources, and maximize the possibilities of material through the unlimited potential of the mind to convert and transform the ordinary into the timeless.




In the exhibit APHRODITE ICARUS, the embodiment of the potent Icarus, as represented in Ral Arrogante’s winged-mixed media, mainly copper and brass remarkably fitted together without the use of welding. They shimmer like valued treasures at the same time conveying free flight in space. It symbolizes man's ultimate quest for freedom, and to reach the hitherto impossible dream of man-powered flight. Arrogante's sculptures make us realize the fragility of humanity, and how our aspiration for freedom must be tempered by prudence, foresight, and practice.

Monday, September 15, 2008

IN FOCUS : HERMES ALEGRE




HERMES ALEGRE studied art in the Philippine Women's University. Born in 1968 at Daet, Camarines Norte, his first picture book, Bahay Kubo, was published in 1993. His work has appeared in over thirty galleries. He has graced some of the most prestigious art spaces in the world and has the distinction of promoting the tropical beauty of Pinays to a larger audience.

He is mainly recognized for his rendering of luscious full-lipped, brown-skinned women, mostly of the Mariang Makiling mould, embraced by a rich tropical locale brimming with a radiant abundance of flora. Alegre’s women on canvas are always mysteriously erotic looking. They look intently right back at you, summoning you to drown in their eyes, their mesmerizing gaze transporting you to their randomly beautiful wild alternative reality.




In Aphrodite, Hermes Alegre fuses his status as a figurative painter of femme and flora while showcasing more than just women in exotic settings, the iconography for which the artist has become famous and drawn legions of collectors. The women figures aren’t just matters of elemental desire and embrace; they became the face of resolute humanity; doctrinaire —and as refined as ever.

Friday, September 12, 2008

ESTRANGHERO


Estranghero
a show by Rene Cuvos


The sheer number of human beings in this planet assures us that a day can’t go by without setting our eyes on a face we’ve never seen before. There are hundreds of people that we see but never meet, as we walk the streets, ride a jeep, drink in a coffee shop or watch TV. Their faces are a blur, a blank, as we go about the business of living. We practically never see them---but there are a few that stick.

There are a few faces that we never seem to forget. For some inexplicable reason, there is an intangible connection to the stranger whom we’ve never even spoken to, much less get near to. He or she must have reminded us of someone we used to know in kindergarten, for all that’s worth. There is an urge to stop, turn around and look closely to find...what? Who knows?

Rene Cuvos explores this phenomenon in his new collection, “Estranghero”. Each painting is a close study of a stranger’s character and personality. In “Mangangaral” (oil on canvas, 24x18 inches), he delves into the irony of a person whose intentions are intrinsically good, but whose heart is hard and unfeeling. In “Konserbatibong Maligalig” (oil on canvas, 30x24 inches) the hypocrisy lies in a person’s pretensions to conservatism in sex that is altogether different from his or her actual sexual relations. “Makapangyarihan” (oil on canvas, 10x8 inches) illustrates the impunity by which people in power treat their positions.

Cuvos tells us that the strangers we meet are never who we expect them to be, despite their pretensions. In the end, we might even be strangers to ourselves.

“Estranghero” opens on Friday, September 12 at 6pm until September 1 at blanc at 2E Crown Tower 107 H.V. De La Costa Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For inquiries, please contact tel. 02.7520032, mobile 0920.9276436, email info@blanc.ph or visit the website at www.blanc.ph

KONSENSUS


What do you call the sporadic meetings of two diverse groups of artists hailing from the metropolis and the outskirt rural town of Angono? The topographical settings aren’t such a hinder to their common vision to merge into creating a concept based on salinity of seawater and embracing the statistics of population. Each of them collectively convey symbols or expresses meaning, sometimes multiple meanings as they are brought together as torch bearer of the ritual unbeknownst, palimpsests of coding and the pluralism of everyday life. The concept was derived outside the political issues and corporate ideals thus, Konsensus was conceived.

Lunduyan Art Gallery will represent eleven young artists namely: Josef Laureano, Fitz Herrera, Maxbal, Katrina Tan, Vic Dabao, Ral Arrogante, Dicky Joe Santos, Aaron Bautista, Carlos Francisco II, Allan Alcantara and Jonjon Santos. Most of them delved on abstractionism and the sole woman in the group was into figurative style.

These are the incarceration of two opposing centers of the urbane and the regional. Although these painters did not confine to the distinct and localized colors, patterns of culture including the autonomous references of modernism. Most of their works harbor on the nonobjective entity which defies the trendy auction based art market and spur-of-the-moment ideal and consumerists’ kind of paintings. A witty denunciation of three-dimensional in their works is a sort of liberation. Most of their works was conspicuously done in mixed media and oil on canvas with standard size.

These up and coming artists do not prioritize commodity exchanges and promises to keep the viewers visually assimilated with their artistic licenses that they esoterically called “Konsensus”.

“Konsensus” opens on September 13, 2008 with cocktails at 6:00 in the evening. The exhibit will run until October 1, 2008.

Lunduyan Art Gallery is located at 88 B Kamuning Road, Quezon City.
For inquiries please call 0915-7896417 and look for Dicky Joe Santos.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

MILK SWEAT AND HONEY SPIT


MILK SWEAT AND HONEY SPIT
JEHO BITANCOR

opening
Thursday 11th September 2008 7 pm
Utterly Art Exhibition Space
(diagonally opposite the Sri Mariamman Temple, Pagoda St Exit)
229A South Bridge Road (2nd Level) Singapore 058778
Mon-Sat 12 noon - 8 pm Sun 12 noon - 5.30 pm
The exhibition runs until 21st September 2008.


After residing in the United States of America for a year, Filipino artist Jeho Bitancor presents a contemplative exhibition based on his migrant experience. While a great deal of his countrymen regard the colonial power as “The Land of Milk and Honey”, Jeho as the artist and observer is more circumspect, but neither does he deny that detaching “oneself from his or her origin… is a form of salvation which renders the diasporic phenomenon a painful reality in itself”.

Relevant to Singaporeans engaged in the “Stayers” and “Quitters” debate, the show investigates the dilemma of individual emancipation over national deprivation. Jeho points at the foibles of both migrants and their adopted home, by examining the social landscape and condition it generates for migrants, to unravel the contradictions inherent in even the most sought-after dreamland. Marrying his social realist and symbolist genres, he muses on how migration might affect his artistic practice and posits “a crystallization of one’s essence… a re-contextualization of the self”.

Jeho Bitancor is a Cultural Centre of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awardee of 2006, who has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong. Trained in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (1984-1992), and the New York City Art Student’s League (1997), Jeho has won several awards and distinctions, and is collected by the Singapore Art Museum, Ateneo Art Gallery, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Aurora Provincial Government, Museo de Baler, as well as several private collections.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

GAWAD CCP PARA SA SINING 2008

APHRODITE MUSES, ICARUS SOARS


Galerie Anna proudly presents the two man-exhibition of Hermes Alegre and Ral Arrogante titled "AphroditeIcarus" on Friday, September 19, 2008. The exhibition will run until October 3, 2008.

The title takes on Greek mythological personalities to describe the individual showcase of both artists. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, beauty, of sexual desire, eroticism, and female power as characterized by the women of Hermes Alegre. On the other hand, Icarus, the winged male form, symbol of youth, virility and heroic audacity, is embodied in the “scrapological” sculptural pieces of sculptor Ral Arrogante.

Hermes Alegre is a celebrated portraitist, painter of Filipina beauty, and follower of the modern figurative tradition in Philippine Art in the footsteps of Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, and Benedicto Cabrera. Ral Arrogante is a sculptor who believes in the value of recycled brass as an ecological and yet long-lasting artistic statement on the need to conserve our resources, and maximize the possibilities of material through the unlimited potential of the mind to convert and transform the ordinary into the timeless. Arrogante is also currently the President of the Society for Philippine Sculptors (SPS).

Galerie Anna is located on the 7th Floor, Ramon Magsaysay Center, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, beside Manila Diamond Hotel. For details and inquiries, please call Joffrey Baylon at Tel. # (02) 567-94-83, or mobile # 0927-462-7567. You may also visit Galerie Anna online at www.galerieanna.com.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

ROUNDEYEGLASS@TEN02 - AN URGENT CALL FOR SUPPORT : A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR NORLI LALO

roundeyeglass@ten02a benefit concert for Norli Lalo
7 pm onwards September 4, 2008
ten02 Sct Ybardolaza St cor Timog QC

ticket price: P 250
Donations will be accepted at the gate.
Paintings will be welcome for future auction.

Norli is the former director of SBX on channel 23. He is known in the indie film circuit as a production designer and later as Director of Photography. In the early period of his career he had some production work in theatre with PETA. In the field of visual arts he had his first one man show in Avellana Art Gallery and active in contributing works in various group shows. He is also known as an active mountaineer associated with the Malacanang Outdoor Group. He represented the Philippines in 2004 Kampnagel Summer Art Festival as a performance artist with the group neworldisorder. He established the defunct artist hang out in Malate, Round Eye Glass Café and transformed the backyard of his house into an alternative space called sulok, which accommodates occasional activities on cross disciplinary arts. Norli on his 34th birthday was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a malignant tumor of the bone marrow. The funds will be use for his hospital expenses.



Monetary donations can send to this account
Norlito T. Lalo ~ Banco De Oro Kalentong Branch ~ Account # 210213078
Mobile +63915 999726

Hot line:

Ivy Suncell +639233898459
Globe +639175603312
Smart +639096795688
ivygandatlg@yahoo.com
Tarik Montano +639206547305


Norli Lalo needs blood and financial assistance. He was rushed to the National Kidney Institute, East Ave., Q.C. early this morning (29 August 2008) due to complications caused by his illness.

I appeal to all his friends, colleagues, and all good souls to please extend your hands to Norli. You can help in several ways.

(1) If you are willing to donate blood (any blood type will do), please go to the Blood Donor's Section of the National Kidney Institute in East Ave., Q.C. Blood letting is from 8 am to 5 pm only. Please bring an ID and specify that your donation is for NORLITO LALO. You may also coordinate with TARIK at 0920-654-7305.

(2) If you intend to donate artworks that his family can sell to help finance the hospital bills, you may drop them off at TEN02 Bar and Resto in Sct. Ybardollaza cor Timog Ave., Q.C. look for SKARLET or MARBEN.

(3) If you wish to donate money, you can deposit any amount to the following accounts:
Norlito T. Lalo
Account # 210213078
Banco De Oro, Kalentong Branch
Christina G. Rodriguez (Norli's wife)
Account # 3833383260192
Metrobank, Batangas Branch

(4) If you want to volunteer, you can help in hooking us up with possible blood donors, art patrons/buyers.

(5) You can also help by supporting the gig on September 4, 2008 tickets are priced at P250.xx only. All his musician friends are performing. Proceeds will go to Norli and his family.
Before his illness, Norli was directing for a TV network. He also did some production work in Theatre with PETA. He established Round Eye Glass Cafe, the defunct artist hang out in Malate. He also converted the backyard of his house in Mandaluyong into an alternative space called SULOK. Norli, on his 34th birthday, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a malignant tumor of the bone marrow. Please let us all help him.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

IBONG ADARNA


4th solo exhibition
Acrylic on hand-woven mat (BANIG) paintings
1/of Gallery, 2nd Flr. Serendra,
Bonifacio Global City,Taguig,
Metro Manila , Philippines


Open Viewing / Pre-selling starts on Monday, 1 Sept. 2008
You are invited to the reception on Tuesday, 2 Sept. at 7pm
Show runs until 12 Sept. 2008


IBONG ADARNA

The melodic tale of Ibong Adarna (Adarna bird) has enchanted the hearts of every Filipino through generations. Its origins can be traced back in the time of Spanish occupation in the Philippines , when this prominent type of poetry called korido had lyrical verses which exuded a rhythmic form of literature. Its basic story has numerous parallelisms from folklorists around the world, and embraces the universal theme of the triumph of good over evil.

This series re-illustrates this timeless Filipino tale to push its visual possibilities in the medium of modern Filipino abstract. JM Tejido’s signature acrylic on Hand-woven mats (banig) paintings take us weaving through the Kingdom of Berbanya, the princes’ perilous journey on Mount Tabor, finding the mystical Piedras Platas tree, and facing the creatures that abound the miraculous Adarna bird.


JMTEJIDO

Archt. JM Tejido He has held exhibitions in 1/of Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines , and Singapore among other group exhibits in Paris , Tokyo and Manila . His illustrative style of painting was a runner-up in the 16th NOMA Concours, a prestigious book illustrators’ competition in Tokyo , 2006. His work was also a finalist in the AAP abstract competition in 2007. He has illustrated over 25 children’s books, some of which he also authored, including Ang Pambihirang Sombrero and The Animal Myths series.

These paintings aim to become the pages of a timeless Ibong Adarna book in 2009 to be cherished for ages. See you on Sept. 2 :)

Jomike Tejido
Architect/ Artist
Tejido Architecture & Art

Monday, September 1, 2008

MOOD SONGS & MY FLYING MIND


''Mood Songs & My Flying Mind'' (No music, no show)
by Sidd Perez ( Ateneo Art Gallery)

More than anything, non-representational works capture a suspension in time. Indiscernible elements nurse abstract experiences – anything that humanity wants to give meaning to in ways other than through language or tangible, deductive structures. The structure that Fitz Herrera finds comfort in allows a human experience that moves around in more flexible terms. MOOD SONGS & MY FLYING MIND is a play on rigidity as well as fluidity – rebellious lines that contain, and solid colors that rub off into nebulous wholes.

Herrera provides a site where music and visual language mingle and weave into the nuances of their respective intuitive nature. Both operate on the experiential level – there is a vast, neutral space to be subjective at the same time they are bound by causal structures. In this case, MOOD SONGS & MY FLYING MIND is borne out of and provides unstructured languages – music and visual arts – but in the direction of joie de vivre. As a musically-inclined individual, Herrera creates works of art after musical compositions: Amber and Sweet being songs from 311, Breath and Right Here by Bliss, Humble Me and Those Sweet Words by Norah Jones, King Without a Crown by Matisyahu, The Doves Return by Aine Minogue and Yellow by Coldplay. The painting versions have become naturally easygoing pieces as Herrera moves with the upbeat and soulful melodies of the songs.

Tracing his practice, Herrera has moved from rigid boxes of colors to thick and sensuous swirls of paint. MOOD SONGS & MY FLYING MIND becomes a site where he reconciles his preference for lines and carefree colors. Lines that slackened at his previous shows make their appearance again – although not as deterministic and fierce or flaccid and wobbly. They have become off-angled lines tracing infinity in the form of chirpy hues and raincloud-blots that litter each frame with slight splatters. The adeptness with color is inherent in every work of Herrera, and it is his gift to turn even the most saturated or neutral of hues into a happy sage that uplifts all meandering souls. Additions to his body of works are installation pieces of found objects – both of which allude to thoughtful thoughtlessness and the artist's inspiration from music. MOOD SONGS refer to his series of paintings while MY FLYING MIND points to his installation art.

MOOD SONGS & MY FLYING MIND is Fitz Herrera's fifth solo show. He has consistently produced non-representational art shining with upbeat serenity. He is skilful in combining flexible elements, in this case, such as music and paint – always those with lyrical, freewheeling themes. The real value that he offers is one of optimism, and freedom to move about as well as to stay in limbo. One of his signature elements is composed of multi-colored vertical rows indicating his positive outlook in life. Manifested in his works, Herrera's hopeful nature pulsates in luminous fashion and has touched many collectors, artists and curious.

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