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ARTIST’S SHOW TO OPEN AT VARGAS MUSEUM EVEN AS HE REMAINS IN A COMA


Artist's show to open at Vargas Museum even as he remains in a coma
January 8, 2012 1:27pm

Avant garde sound artist Lirio Salvador is still in a coma after an accident over the holidays, but his show must go on.

The 43-year-old Salvador was hit and run by a motorcycle on December 30, 2011, when he was crossing the street to enter Espacio Siningdikato, the arts venue he and his arts colleagues set up in Dasmarinas, Cavite.

While he remains under intensive care, his family and friends have set up a Help Lirio Salvadorcampaign on Facebook, and organized activities to help raise funds for his hospital expenses. Artist Jheng Marzan has put up several artworks on auction, while a benefit gig, "Sandata ako ni Lirio: Isang Sandatahan Para Kay Lirio Salvador," will be held on February 4, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Antonina Township in San Nicolas 2, Bacoor, Cavite. Organized by Bayang Magiliw & Highway To Hell Production in cooperation with TLC Crew, tickets are sold at 70 pesos.

Elemento, an experimental sound group founded by Salvador, will play at the exhibit opening of Sandata by Lirio Salvador at the Vargas Museum. The exhibition on January 19, 2012 at 4 in the afternoon is the first in the museum's 2012 calendar.

The exhibition will include old and recent works interpreted as ‘weapons of sound constructions’ by an artist working with sound, performance, and assemblage.

Salvador utilizes household and industrial materials such as bowls, bicycle gears, stainless steel pipes, utensils, and discards to form musical instruments. Wanting to own a guitar, he improvised his first stringed instrument when he was a teenager with meager resources.

This innovation has become part of his life-long artistic process. Carefully composing these elements to craft pieces that are both decorative and modern, the artist distills the notion of the everyday by reconstructing seemingly banal objects into new forms, translating their meanings. Sensitive to the visual, auditory, and tactile aspects, Salvador and the collective Elemento opens up possibilities for contemporary artistic expressions through the generation of experimental music with these instruments, including those produced with home-made synthesizers and amplifiers.

Sandata will run until 25 February 2012. For more information, please contact the Vargas at +632 928-19-27, +63 981-85-00 loc. 4024, +63 928-19-25 (fax) or e-mail vargasmuseum@gmail.com. Visit the museum’s official website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph.

Lirio Salvador was born in 1968. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts at the Technological University of the Philippines. From 2006, his works have been shown in international art fairs such as Pulse Los Angeles, Scope Basel, Switzerland, India Art Summit, Hong Kong International Art Fair, Beijing Art Fair, Bridge Art Fair New York, Dubai Art Fair among many others.

In 2011, Salvador was given a grant by the Asian Cultural Council (ACC). Elemento has performed in a number of art spaces in Manila. In 2011, the collective performed in the Art Science Museum, Singapore.

*Last December 30, 2011, Lirio Salvador met an accident near Espasyo Siningdikato, a gallery he owns and manages in Dasmariñas, Cavite. Currently, a Help Lirio Salvador campaign is ongoing while the artist is recovering in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

(Based on press release from Vargas Museum
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/243882/cbb/artist-s-show-to-open-at-vargas-museum-even-as-he-remains-in-a-coma

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