BEG, STEAL, AND BOR­ROW

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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.

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