Tuesday, January 21, 2014

An innovative center for the arts based in Quezon City, the Erehwon Center for the Arts is proud to present the exhibition launching of “Volume II: Kasamá” on January 30, 2014. “Volume II: Kasamá” is an unprecedented gathering of seventy-four Filipino and international visual artists to commemorate the sense of camaraderie and communality that the Philippine Art Scene has become since the turn of the Millennium. “Volume II: Kasamá” is also about creativity, uniqueness, and individuality when it comes to artistic expression. Most importantly, “Volume II: Kasamá” traces several generations of artists from those whose careers began in the 1970s to today’s youngest contemporaries.

The participating artists (in alphabetical order) are: Dominic Alfonso, Jepoy Almario, Tyago Almario, Nune Alvarado, Ricky Ambagan, Mark Dawn Arcamo, Ral Arrogante, Cesar Arro, Pandy Aviado, Kevin Balboa, Renz Baluyot, Salvador Bañares, Grandier Gil Bella, Malyn Bonayog, Ferdinand Cacnio, Henry Cainglet, Demosthenes Campos, Jonathan Castro, Toti Cerda, Joseph de Juras, Sim de Pio, Camille Dela Rosa, Antipas Delotavo, Neil Doloricon, Boy Dominguez, Egai Talusan Fernandez, Sarah Gaugler, Pedro Garcia, Proceso Gelladuga II, Allain Hablo, Renato Habulan, Joey Ibay, Louie Ignacio, Sajid Imao, Jun Impas, Raul Isidro, JC Jacinto, Pete Jimenez, Jonathan Joven, Rico Lascano, Raul Lebajo, Fred Liongoren, Derrick Macutay, Marco Malto, Lotsu Manes, Josue Mangrobang Jr., Pen Medina, Charmaigne Mendoza, Sio Montera, Othoniel Neri, Dario Noche, Carlito Ortega, Vincent Paul Padilla, Demi Padua, Dan Raralio, Cid Reyes, Lester Rodriguez, Eghai Roxas, Jonah Salvosa, Adi Baen Santos, C.J. Tañedo, Mimi Tecson, Resty Tica, Crispin Tuazon, Van Tuico, Valen Valero, Jericho Vamenta, Javy Villacin, Boysie Villavicencio, Atsuko Yamagata, Orley Ypon, Art Zamora, and Pinggot Zulueta.

Rodelio “Toti” Cerda
Original Copy
Acrylic on Canvas
42 x 42 cm

Raul Isidro
Acrylic on Canvas
3 x 4 ft.

John Carlo “JC” Jacinto
Mixed Media
4 x 4 ft.

“Volume II: Kasamá” combines several schools of thought and movements in Philippine and international art together for the purpose of asserting the vital and multicultural identity of the Filipino artist. For example, the Filipino Abstractionists are well-represented from such senior living artists as the famed art critic Cid Reyes, whose Birds in Flight point towards the vigor of Semi-Cubist High Modernism in the Seventies; to Allain Hablo, whose advocacy towards Minimalism in the Nineties can be seen in Anticipated Surprise; and the Millennial advance of Abstract Illusionist Eghai Roxas, whose Beyond Levitation is a monochromatic puzzle of real and imagined, gesture and absence. On the other hand, the Neo-Ethnic chromaticity of Henry Cainglet’s Autumn Scent points towards the Postmodern movement of the Eighties and Nineties. This re-emphasis of the human figure could be seen in the predominant movement of Contemporary Figurative Expressionism, such as young artists Josue Mangrobang Jr.’s Preempting a Great Fall, Cesar Arro’s Four Traits, or Joseph de Juras’ Absence of Light and Shade, which all depict the human subject as carrying out a heroic struggle against unseen forces. The return towards a romanticizing but surrealist painterly tradition is also evident in the works of Raul Lebajo (Umbrella in My Garden), or Camille Dela Rosa (Guardians of the Cosmic Orbs) where dreams and ambitions overlap and present visions of Filipino lived alterity. The scientific Post-Expressionist works of Malyn Bonayog (Unravel), Toti Cerda (Original Copy), and Ricky Ambagan (Gabay) all register various levels of intervention in daily life from a visual-retinal viewpoint. Along with stalwarts of other movements like Social Realism (Adi Baen Santos, Egai Talusan Fernandez, Antipas Delotavo, Nune Alvarado, and Neil Doloricon), these and many more works await discriminating patrons and viewers who expect and receive the highest guarantee of quality and introspection from the visual artist in the Philippines. To this end, the Erehwon Center for the Arts strives to deliver the best of Philippine Art, especially from young artists, in order to activate its advocacy as the site where progress and development of young art is seen and best presented, furthering its aim to be the living hub and nerve center of the arts in the Philippines, as well as the Southeast Asian region as a whole. — Dr. Reuben Cañete

Dennis “Sio” Montera
Point of Return
Mixed Media on Canvas
122 x 91.4 cm

Pinggot Zulueta
Dreaming in Black
Mixed Media
46 x 46 in

“Volume II: Kasamá” shall open to its invited guests on January 30, 2014 at 6PM.

The Erehwon Center for the Arts is located on No. 1 Don Francisco Street, Villa Beatriz Subdivision, Old Balara, Quezon City (across Toyota Motors Showroom Commonweath Avenue).

For additional information, you may also contact the Erehwon Center for the Arts at Mobile Numbers (+63) 915 793 6924; and (+63) 915 137 2598.

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