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Buhay Na Walang Hanggan

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Barong Tagalog Inc.

Date : June 30, 2016

Time : 6PM

Contrary to popular belief, life is eternal and, unlike our memories, will never perish. It has no end and could never be stalled even by death. Eternal life is often equated to the afterlife and the notion of living forever past our deaths. That in order to reach eternal life, one must first die. Yet there is more to eternal life than its stereotypical thoughts of an only after death possibility. The present, in all its living, breathing bravado, is eternal. People are drowned unconsciously in the inevitability of life that makes them live in the world of “what is”. Hence, living life in bewilderment, frustration and remorse. This keeps them from seeing the real perspective of life’s awe, beauty, bliss and even its flaws.

People hasten to create their own personal wanderlust due to an idea that life is short. People often overlook the openness and the endless possibilities found in the seemingly minute present of life; that “Life” itself is a worthy travel and that a moment isn’t bound by any laws or ideas and is thus eternal. It is the possibility that one can pursue anything, do whatever you please and be anyone, without of course the barriers of self-imposed ideals, that gives light to an eternal life lived before death.

People are afraid of dying for dying connotes ending. Living can never be mired by death, for death is not the end but simply just another moment; another low point like one’s first failure or regret. These are all painful yet could be overcome once accepted.

One could live and die more than once in a lifetime; a never ending cycle. Life is permanent in one’s given time. The eternity in life is in the now, not the life we will have someday.

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Hahan at WRKZ

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Hahan

Date : June 8, 2016

Time : 6PM

In his first solo show in the country, Indonesian artist Uji Handoko Eko Saputro, better known as Hahan, brings his own mad mix to the Vinyl on Vinyl stage. Melding together both the grit and humor of street art with the no nonsense sensibilities of high art, Hahan uses the fusion of contradiction as his main medium of choice. Armed with a distinct idea of how work and play aid each other art, WRKZ is Hahan’s homage to the process.

Both his playground and his workspace, WRKZ blurs the lines of both to create a cheeky blend of realism and urban art to show that one cannot live without the other. With his WRKZ vinyl figure, a collaboration with Vinyl on Vinyl gallery, taking the spotlight after its debut in last year’s San Diego Comic Con, Hahan proves his work is all about having fun with it.

Hahan has exhibited all around the globe, from Italy and the United States, to Hong Kong and Korea. He was also a part of 2015 and 2014 Art Fair Philippines. Most notably he had an exhibition at last year’s Biennale in Jakarta Indonesia. His works have been collected by several art museums such as Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Brisbane, Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Melbourne, Australia.

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Small-Medium, Large

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Nix Puno

Date : June 8, 2016

Time : 6PM

We live in an age of compact-sized duplicates, regrams and shares. Everything preferably portable and fits right in the palm of your hand: memories incased in a meticulously curated 1080 x 1080 pixel square, billion-dollar movies cramped inside a mobile phone, and life moments encapsulated in 140 characters. An original form is never safe from duplication, especially in a time of prolific social media. Shares, likes, links, and reblogs; It is an era of generation loss. Or so it seems.

Quality is one thing, value is another. Copies are often seen as watered down replications of an original, where quality is diluted as much as it is shared. But what of value? Doesn’t the value of its content weakened as much as its quality? In Small-medium, large, Nix Puno disagrees.

Though quality suffers in imitation, value is amplified. A copy goes beyond its measurement in pixels. It is a symbol, a source of inspiration, a simple gesture of admiration, and a cherished keepsake of a moment long gone. In Small-medium, large, seconds are captured in boxes smaller than your grasp, and instances are seen through keyholes, but despite how quality can toggle between small to medium, value still remains to be at large.

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