Monday, March 16, 2015

The Cultural Center of the Philippines presents Surface, a solo exhibition by Marc Gaba, opening on March 19, 2015, Thursday, 6 pm., Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2F Hallway Gallery).

The artworks in Surface each correspond to one variation in the renowned classical music piece entitled “Goldberg Variations” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Gaba explains that each image is created based on a listening of each variation, and how he feels the artwork interacts with the variation. Generally classified under fine art photography, the variations are composed of collaged images that were once autonomous of each other. All of the images used were taken from the Internet. While working on the series, the artist is on a continuous search for elements to use, but he says that most often, like a poem, sometimes it starts with just a phrase. Each lightbox is an ambiguous story in itself. It is almost impossible to see all the nuances and minute details in one viewing. But formally speaking, the artist defines each work as a study on balance.

To Marc Gaba, Surface is a form of psychological cartography, his individual poems to moments. They are about dreams, lullabies, writing, literature, imagination, and epistemology. But from a timelier point of view, each diorama or tableau in the series is also about the Internet. This is one of the reasons why the artist chose to exhibit them as lightboxes, mirroring the screens used to go into the World Wide Web. Each box is an interfacing of the actual world and is a window to and of information.

Exhibit duration: March 19 - April 19, 2015. Viewing hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 to 39 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 8323702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email or visit

Surface is supported by Galleria Duemila.

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