Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In Densities of Time, Jason Tecson takes a look at the early period of Philippine colonization and the birth of historical writing in the 16th century. He uses the works of explorers such as Antonio de Morga and Antonio Pigafetta as sources of discourse in the historical scaffolds and fantastical musings of his sculptures. However, rather than be brief and factual, the sculptures are elaborate in their decay and almost undecipherable representations of pagan violence and colonialist expeditions. Tecson attempts to make sense of our contemporary reality through historical meditations about what is real and imaginary in our cultural psyche, exploring the many layers of our human condition — alienation, terror, and amusement.

Engaging in a paradoxical dialogue with the past, Tecson retraces the history of figurative sculpture through the conditions of his own time. Drawing upon mythology, history, indigenous art, and science fiction, he wrests new vitality while appropriating traditional elements of sculpture. Appearing powerful and vulnerable at the same time, the masks are strangely postmodern in that they repurpose ancient and modern art history to the terms of popular culture. Their hollow gaze is returned with a strange combination of aggression and vulnerability, the first sightings between the conqueror and the hostile native.

Densities of Time opens on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, and runs until November 29, 2015 at the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

An Artist Talk will be held on November 26, 2015, Thursday, 4:00 pm at the same venue.

For inquiries, call the Visual Arts and Museum Division, Production and Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 12054/1505 and (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690 or e-mail: ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.

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