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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

SYNTHETICS RELIQUARIES │ STEREO I │ PAPER PANIC

Silverlens and SLab open the New Year with three shows by five artists who reconnect, reconstruct and reconfigure to create the new and different.


RECONNECTING

Juan Caguicla and Christina Dy come together for STEREO I, the first part of two series marrying Caguicla's edgy photography and Dy's large-scale but intimate drawings. In STEREO I, Caguicla and Dy become one as both sides join to produce an altogether new and grotesque image. "STEREO blurs the distinction between [photography and drawing] but still manages to offer a clear line to separate them on a single plate", explains Caguicla. Caguicla and Dy unlock the connection between the two mediums as they expose the play between image symmetry and their artistic differences, between sameness and distinction. STEREO I will be shown in Silverlens Gallery.






RECONSTRUCTING

In Paper Panic, Dina Gadia and Mark Salvatus cut, cover, and change to create and reveal. Drawing from their advertising background, Gadia and Salvatus juxtapose random images with pop culture, archiving, urban culture and ephemera. Paper Panic -collages,drawings, cut-outs etc.- tweak the familiar and everyday, and the expected and the fleeting, to tell a different story. Salvatus invites us to imagine ‘what was’ and question ‘what is and is not’; Gadia tells us of ‘the way things are’, encouraging us to laugh along. Paper Panic engages us in dialogue as it exposes the colors of life. Paper Panic will be shown in 20Square, Slab

RECONFIGURING

Paris-based Filipino artist, Gaston Damag, brings home Synthetics Reliquaries, an exhibition of major works he created during his 15 years in Europe, albeit with a Filipino twist. Using the Ifugao Bulol- instead of African wooden idols-, Synthetics Reliquaries probe into questions of cultural representation and its place within the contemporary Philippine context. Damag’s mix of relic and polyester challenge our ideas of what is ‘primitive’ and what is ‘cultured’. Synthetics Reliquaries will be shown in SLab.

While the New Year is fresh and promising, it is only fitting that STEREO, Paper Panic and Synthetics Reliquaries remind us to reconnect, reconstruct and reconfigure. Reconnect with the different or unfamiliar. Reconstruct the everyday to find something new. And reconfigure set ideas to changing circumstances.

Opening night is January 13, Wednesday at 6pm.

Related Gallery Activities:
STEREO 1 Dialogs
January 23, Saturday, 3-5pm, Silverlens Gallery by Christina Dy
January 30, Saturday, 3-5pm, Silverlens Gallery by Juan Caguicla
Synthetics Reliquaries
Artist Talk by Gaston Damag, January 19, Tuesday, 5-7pm, Slab


Image: Gaston Damag, Domesticated Object 1, 2003, Christina Dy, Juan Caguicla, (left) 3, (right) 1, 2009, Dina Gadia, Catch, 2009

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