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Brown Dada

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Various Artists

Date : Aug 9, 2016

Time : 6PM

Against a backdrop of blood and homicide, born out of the rejection of war, blind conformity and the destructive familiarity of reality, Dadaism was a rebellion. A movement with a breadth beyond its grasp, Dadaism influenced a society that was tired of death and the ignorance of traditional art to the macabre times.

An abandoning of logic and reason, and an embrace of the chaotic, the nonsensical, and the wilderness of intuition, Dada was a protest against pleasantries and aesthetics. It was a political statement.

Dada is not an art. It is anti-art.

Inspired by the Thomas Zipp’s show “White Dada”, Brown Dada pays homage to the rebellion and, in true Dada form, ridicules it. With a myriad of paint and perception, the show evokes the insanities and chaos of a bygone era and makes a statement of the present in itself.

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Kamundo (Kamay At Mundo)

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Blic

Date : Aug 9, 2016

Time : 6PM

Blic Pinas’s expansion into wild hearted narratives seems only natural, once you realize how much time he spends making art. He’d like to think that it’s not that big of a deal or that what he’s doing is just creating Grafitti characters. If you look closely, he’s actually using symbols and archetypes of storytelling and personal connection that most people wish they could get to in their art. A story will come out. A connection will emerge if you work long enough. Even Blic can’t deny that. The hands? How powerful of a symbol is that? It’s the first thing we do when we meet another person! Shake hands! Wave hello! Flip someone off! Hold a crying friends face, make! make! CREATE! With hands. The cornerstone tool of all creation! But Blic won’t be grandiose enough to tell you this, so I will.. The story he is telling is more the story of art, of artists, and the condition of creating. It is important! It doesn’t come in a pretentious package because that would belie the point. It comes in a creative, beautifully painted gift that won’t exclude you or make you feel unimportant. It comes in a way that we can all access and enjoy and feel encouraged by. The diversity of the paintings in this show are proof of his interest in expansion of his own world. Lovingly created with humor and thought, bound by the richness of color and vision that is growing exponentially! On the streets or in the gallery, the tale is ever unfolding! These new paintings are the next step in the story that Blic will update us on from time to time, and I am always waiting for the next chapter!

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Pleated Reveries

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Reynold Dela Cruz

Date : Aug 9, 2016

Time : 6PM

Clothing often reflects a social assignment and dressing involves a meticulous process of restaging of self.  As ethnographic elements, garments insist social codes in the context of everyday living and even ceremonial functions.  Borrowing the medieval ruffles as metaphor and translating its symbolic function, Reynold Dela Cruz offers a view, characterization and persona of different authorities with a local view within a current social milieu.

Historically, neck ruffs or ruffles are one of the eccentric garments of the Elizabeth an era which symbolize authority, status and wealth in a defined class order which existed that time.   Practically, those who wear this garment are forced to chin up and assume a proud and haughty pose.  It is a significant piece of fashion worn by the exalted, favored elite that share and dispenses power wherever they are tightly controlled if not monopolized. It is also said that anyone who could afford to wear and maintain a ruff were clearly not engaged in any sort of manual labor.

With this show, Dela Cruz shares his emphatic declarations, thoughts and feelings and creatively interject congenial readings of politics— light, comical and immediate and with all the necessary satirical bite.  He does this underscore such pageantry to map and mine ideas and responses to powerful men who regard themselves as important.  Using a combination of men and animals, he alludes to the different characters that dominate the local political scene. The show attempts to explore the shifting sensibilities of how we view power and authority often with fear, disgust, respect, reverence in a sphere of display and gaze.

Art and such as these visual pieces do not and cannot offer easy answers and relief to political woes, its subtleties can offer immediate and subtle spaces of reflection.  The exercise becomes at once symbolic and concrete. In different ways, art can shift and blur biases and pre-conceived notions, shake off the ambiguities of artworks to the ambiguities of viewer’s own experiences and lives.  The choice becomes open.

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