BEG, STEAL, AND BORROW
How many times have you heard that nothing is original anymore? The relevance of that statement is explored in “The Inverted Telescope,” opening this month at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. In this painting and installation exhibit, curator Angel Velasco Shaw puts together the works of Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, Ringo Bunoan, Gaston Damag, Kawayan de Guia, Mark Justiniani, Arvin Nogueras, and the Walang Kikilos collective (Poklong Anading, Jayvee del Rosario, Rico Entico, Neo Maestro, Paul Mondoc, and MM Yu) to spur discussion on the artistic and cultural practices of “appropriation, co-optatation, and adaptation,” and what they mean to the different artists. The exhibit is co-presented by the Drawing Room Gallery, the Philippine Women’s University Institute for Heritage, Culture, and the Arts, and the CCP. Complementing the group show is a symposium held at the Conrado Benitez Hall of the Philippine Women’s University on June 14. There will be three sessions held that day with guest speakers including filmmaker Raymond Red, playwright Liza Magtoto, artist Mark Justiniani, the Paris-based Ifugao artist Gaston Damag, novelist R. Zamora Linmark, and artist/curator Ringo Bunoan among others.
Also happening this month at the CCP is “Gray Horizon,” by Ciron Señeres. In this collection of paintings, the Tondo-based artist, a graduate of the Technical University of the Philippines Fine Arts Program, attempts to find beauty in the chaos of his surroundings, chronicling in impastoed black and white the city’s abandoned spaces, junkyards, and its other decaying parts. Señeres’ paintings have a photographic quality about them, and as he plays with light and shadow, he succeeds in romanticizing his environment, reclaiming the territory with good intentions.
“Inverted Telescope,” June 7 to July 9, Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), Pasilyo Victorio Edades, and 4/F Atrium; for more information, contact Nicole Decapia, curatorial associate of the Drawing Room, at 801.4397 or 801.4398; “Gray Horizon,” June 21 to July 23, Pasilyo Vicente Manansala, Cultural Center of the Philippines; 832.1125 ext. 1504; culturalcenter.gov.ph.
CITY OF DREAMS Paulino St., by Ciron Señeres; the invitation to “Inverted Telescope,” curated by Angel Velasco Shaw.