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I Just Like to Look at Pictures, Pictures

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Everywhere We Shoot

Date : October 6, 2016

Time : 6PM

Having your picture taken for professional or legal identification feels like a gamble — it is never guaranteed that the results will be satisfactory. Hair swept to the side, ears sticking out, imperfections digitally smoothed out. Oddly, a picture that is supposed to validate your existence becomes a non-flattering representation of yourself.

Everywhere We Shoot playfully takes this experience and turns it into a comical process. I Just Like To Look at Pictures, Pictures is an assembly of sixty 1×1 portraits, taken similarly to shopping mall photo ID services. By manipulating the photos to create new and warped identities, Everywhere We Shoot offers an experimental perspective out of a common and formal image.

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Diviserye

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Jobert Cruz

Date : October 6, 2016

Time : 6PM

The thrill, excitement, the anticipation, the danger and awareness, all these feelings occur when you step upon the territory of Divisoria. It is a place with little room to walk and navigate unto due to the place being packed up with stalls upon stalls of merchandise varying from clothes to toys, school/office supplies to kitchen equipment, seasonal items, plastic wares to mobile gadgets ranging from low grade to stolen ones, pirated DVDs, street foods, fruits and vegetables, and a lot of other things people who like bargained things so much enjoys, but would surprise a few for how contracted the place is. But Divisoria isn’t just a place of commodities where you’ll go home happy and contented to all the things you have purchased. It is a place of opportunity, in a negative sense, to some which is quite a danger for those who are a first time visitor. It is also a place of survival to those who have to wait for alms or until when the garbage is taken out; a place of chances for the tradesman wanting to earn an honest living for their family. But it’s a different story for each and everyone who lived most of their lives there.

In Diviserye,Jobert Cruz narrated visually how he perceived the things he encounters almost everyday as he was growing up in Divisoria. The things mentioned above were not merely ideas to the artist rather they were experiences and accounts translated into thoughts which is then translated into an optical allegory. What the exhibition presents is not an introduction to Divisoria for we are all too familiar with it unless one is too detached from the realities of the world and of this country being a third world nation. The works look at the peculiarity and familiarity of the events and people that occur there, things that accumulate by and by, things that made little change or none at all. In Divi, as referred to in street slang, all sorts of botchery transpires in every street with all sorts of people: the villains, the disfavored, the dealers, the hagglers, novices, the hundred isles of shops selling almost the same things, the malls only a less different from the stalls outside, all of those things didn’t escape the scrutinizing eye. Cruz analyzes the diversely cluttered community from its habitant’s pattern of living to its mode of survival in a constructive and adverse method true to the roots of the matter without preconceived notions. The exhibition is a string of stories that will be a sort of assessment, a denunciation, to some but to some it is nevertheless home.

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Waypoints

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When you fly its easy to get lost in the sky – nosigns, no street names to guide you, only mountains and fields, sky and ocean.

It becomes an endless abstraction of greens and blues that can be hard to identify. But there are certain points within the landscape that will remain distinct: the waypoints.

 

In Waypoints, Katrina Andrews shows howin an endless landscape, a field of abstracted rice fields or a maze of mountains, you will find a somewhat unique establishment you can identify as part of a specific town. You will find a river that stands out with a certain shape to it, maybe a bridge or two, or a cement factory. These waypoints are what every pilot, recognizes: a marker of where they are, how far away they are from the base and from the destination.

The Artist/Pilot shows in her painting series the mix of familiar and unfamiliar. That Déjà vu moment she feels when flying.

Kat combines her experiences and what she sees from the cockpit with the art works she creates. Pre flight check, which is repeatedly a standard operational procedure, gives Kat a base with abstraction that was first influenced by Piet Mondrian. Her art process has precise steps and layers, a repeated procedure to get the end result.

Her geometric shapes not only emulate field patterns, but also recreate theworn-out feelingand the fading of runway lines and track marks thatplanes have leave and taxied over day in and day out.

Whilst the painted images show us a clearer view of the waypoints, in particular the ones concerning the Vigan Airport route which on its own is also a way point to a further flight destination, it is a preparation for Laoag – Pagudpud route.

Kat’s unique Experience of being an artist and a pilot has given her a different perspective on both fields, which she combines and uses to create her art works.

“For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return” – Leonardo da Vinci

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