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Friday, October 31, 2008

Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan: Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue

Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan: Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue
12 Nov – 29 Nov 2008
Valentine Willie Fine Art
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Valentine Willie Fine Art is delighted to present "Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue" a unique exhibition by Geraldine Javier and At Maculangan that stages a dialogue between photography and painting. The advent of photography, in mid-19th century, has not only usurped painterly concerns with truthful representation but has also introduced different optical perspectives, which in turn, allow painters to revise and invent new visual language. Similarly, early art photography was deeply indebted to the pictorial aesthetic of traditional painting. This exhibition affirms and extends upon a tradition of exchange and cross-influence. It looks at how our contemporary experience is translated into painting by Geraldine Javier and photography by At Maculangan. Both their works evince a keen insight into the cultural forces that shape the social experiences of Filipinos today. Yet, it is by positioning them together in a space that calls them into conversation with each other that issues and topics ranging from artistic representation to cultural aesthetic are fore-grounded. "Green Comes Out Of Blue But Is Richer Than Blue" is an exceptional exhibition that will enhance and enrich our understanding of both the conflicting and shared aesthetic sensibilities in painting and photograph.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Epson PRO Exhibit

Opening Reception: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 6PM
Alliance Total Gallery, 209 Nicanor Garcia St.,  Bel-Air II, Makati City  

Eight of the country’s renowned artists exhibit their work at the EPSON PRO launch at Alliance Total Gallery 

Epson, a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, presents the “Epson PRO”, eight of the country’s premiere photographers and graphic designers who represent the finest the industry has to offer.
The Epson PRO is comprised of National Artist BenCab, renowned photographers Bien Bautista, George Tapan, Jun de Leon, Quincy Castillo, Ryan Agoncillo and exceptional graphic designers Drew Europeo and Robert Alejandro. Their works will be presented to the public via a selling exhibit in partnership with Alliance Francaise de Manille. The opening will be on Wednesday, October 29 and will run until November 4 at the Alliance Total Gallery located at 209 N. Garcia St., Bel-Air 2, Makati City. 

Epson, Photographs and Graphic Art: Partnership of Art and Technology 

The art works represent the country’s best as envisioned by this group of photographers and graphic designers--- images that are meant to move its captured audiences towards visual and emotional fulfillment while provoking and inspiring human sentiment with its timeless appeal.  

National Artist for Visual Arts BenCab will be showcasing "Concealed and Revealed I” and “Concealed and Revealed II”, two mixed pieces that display the contrast between the draped figure and the nude. 

Distinguished graphic designer Drew Europeo, who is a co-founder of Philweavers, a National organization of Web designers and developers illustrate her contribution to the Epson PRO Exhibit. “Beyond the Static Space is a series about random things that were gathered to form certain shapes, flow and texture. Even if the pieces are just static, there’s something about it that will make you see that there are a lot of movements going on. It’s initially chaotic but somehow your eyes will lead you to a harmonic order. The colors give the mood, but the piece as a whole, provokes a palate of emotions.”  

She adds, “Given the concept behind the series, I would say everything is indefinite. I work thru my emotions, so whatever the piece will lead me that’s how the flow of the artwork will be. Each lines, shapes and colors were dictated by random feelings while I’m zoning in to a certain space. With some music, atmosphere and visuals that surrounds me, those were definitely a huge influence to my work.”  

Master photographer Quincy Castillo will be showcasing “Permeate” and “White Dragon”. “Permeate” is an abstract image printed and manipulated by hand with watercolor, brought back to the digital environment. It seeks to show a marriage between photography and painting. The piece, limited by a frame, transcends limitation, freeing itself from convention, thereby creating a totally different and free image. His second piece, “White Dragon”, is also a celebration of photography and painting. He shares, “This piece is an effort to achieve the same ends. What I visually maintain is that photography is art. Individual visual interpretation is a form of intellectual stimulation.”  “ 

Other works to be exhibited are: Jun de Leon’s “Chaos 118“ and “Chaos 221“, George Tapan’s “Camiguin” and “Baler”, Bien Bautista’s “Lush” and “Flash”; Ryan Agoncillo’s “Pagsulong” and “Tagak”; Robert Alejandro’s “Philippine Illustrations 1” and “Philippine Illustrations 2”;   

Giving Back to the Community: A Celebration for the Youth and Education with GMA Kapuso Foundation 

On its 10th year in the Philippines, Epson celebrates a decade-long track record of supporting professional photographers and artists through the Epson PRO selling exhibit. Part of the proceeds of the Epson PRO exhibit will be donated to benefit the youth and education projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation.  

“Epson’s advocacies are not limited to helping the industry achieve the greatest heights in quality. We also believe in being of service to the community, and in this particular case, to the education of the Filipino youth,” says Senior General Manager, Division Head for Sales & Marketing of Epson Philippines Corporation Eduardo Bonoan. “That is why we have approached GMA Kapuso Foundation, who has rendered a lot of services to the youth segment through their “Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan” project, and the “Give-a-Gift: Alay sa Batang Pinoy. We are hoping to successfully sell the prestigious line-up of art works by our Epson PRO photographers and artists, who have graciously agreed to donate a selection of their works so that we can deliver a big amount to help out the youth and education endeavors of GMA Kapuso Foundation.”  

The Epson PRO selling exhibit at the Alliance Total Gallery of the Alliance Francaise de Manille in Bel Air, Makati will run until November 4, 2008, while a portion of the proceeds to be donated to GMA Kapuso Foundation will be announced during Epson Philippines 10th Anniversary celebration in December.

Friday, October 17, 2008

No Room For Grieveing: Photographs from the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis

NO ROOM FOR GRIEVING: Photographs from the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar 
Opening reception: November 8, 2008
Oarhouse Gallery, Mabini St., Malate, Manila

"My impression of the whole country was defined by a writer from a news magazine on their article on Burma's new capital, Naypyidaw (abode of kings), where the magazine described the place as having ruled with a surreal sense of order.  

After spending three weeks inside the country, and several attempts to go farther down the delta, I have witnessed how Burmese people live under the iron fist. The government impedes any kind of foreign aid as they have said they are on top of the situation, but beyond that superstitious facade the people are grieving. 

The country is undeniably beautiful and the people's incomparable friendly nature would bring them on the top of tourist destinations in the region, but the paranoid kings keep on isolating their kingdom from the rest of the world the same thing that they are doing to their people.  

Myanmar has been isolated ever since their independence from the British. But as the country faces undeniable pressure from the international community, the government keeps insisting that they are their brother's keeper. After peeping through Burma, I felt that the people are indeed kept, kept from the rest of the outside world and kept in places that they have no say [source]."

The Gangs of Baseco Exhibition

MARKED: The Gangs of Baseco Exhibition
October 23, 2008
Penguin Gallery, Remedios St., Malate

"The exhibit consists of black and white images from my on-going documentary on the lives of former gang members living in Baseco compound. To those who have seen this, please come as well and it would be nice to have a beer and chat! To those who haven't, I would greatly appreciate your comments [source]."

See Veejay Villafranca's site here.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lecture on Basic Photojournalism

The Press Photographers of the Philippines (PPP) will hold a series of "Lecture on Basic Photojournalism: Based on Actual Experience of a Press Photographer" every Saturday starting 11 October 2008, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the newly-renovated PPP office in Intramuros, Manila.

There will be two (2) components of the lecture: the basic lecture will include topics like ethics, caption writing, coverage dress code, securing clearance/accreditation, and identifying subjects; and the advance lecture where participants will have a field day that will include a trip to a newspaper photo department and tagging along with photographers during coverage. Certificates will be handed out to each participants after the lecture.

We are inviting photo enthusiasts who wants to know more about this side of the photography industry, including staffs from government, NGO, military, and police public information offices, new photo correspondents, and students. 

For more information, click here or call PPP President Jerry Carual at 7361186 or e-mail us at ph

VISION: photo workshop with LILEN UY and TOTO LABRADOR

VISION is for those who've mastered the use of the camera but who want to take their chosen method of self-expression to a higher level. In this workshop, Lilen and Toto share their influences and insights, moderate an artists talk and a group critique session to help give strength and cohesion to one's personal vision.

WHEN: October 11, 18, 25 and November 8 2008. 2-5PM
WHERE: Gray Area Studios

- Slots are limited to 20 participants who must pass a portfolio review. Kindly email 8-10 jpegs of your best work (72 dpi, 8 inches on the short side) and your contact information.
- Deadline for emailed portfolio is October 5, 2008. Accepted participants will be notified via email or text by October 6.
- Workshop fee of P5,000.00


INSTRUCTORS' websites:

Gray Area Studios:
(632) 893.2628 / (632) 815.8632
5th Floor, 116 Rufino Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City.
(UCPB at the ground floor, access and more parking via Rodriguez St.)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila

From 'Organized Chaos' series © Dennis Rito

Mapping Invisible Cities Photo Exhibition - Manila
Opening reception: October 17, 2008
Shangri-la Plaza Mall, EDSA cor. Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City

When photographer Peter Bialobrzeski travelled through Southeast Asia in 2007/8, he combined his own photographic investigations with workshops for young talents in six foremost cities of the region: Jakarta, Hanoi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. What came out of the workshops was a multifaceted kaleidoscope of these six metropoles, culminating in the exhibition "Mapping Invisible Cities."

"Mapping Invisible Cities" features the works of 27 photographers, including 8 (Cathy Quiogue, Cris Sevilla, Dennis Rito, Estan Cabigas, Gigie cruz, Kidlat De Guia, & Tammy David) from the Philippines. All were completed during workshops led by Bialobrzeski in October 2007-March 2008. The diverse themes and approaches in the 105 pieces, in addition to Peter Bialobrzeski's work, are like fragments of the unseen and unnoticed ordinariness hidden in these 6 cities. When these fragments are joined in one single frame, like a map, they begin to show what was formerly invisible.

In mapping them, these photographers have made their cities more obvious and bring to the surface what we do not (want to see) or notice. Their works act as maps that show the organization of space, movement, and people. Some also show how maps can be tied to the imagination and abstractions. Altogether they serve as valuable insights to and experiences of Southeast Asia's largest cities. They also give audiences the ability to see into the future of Southeast Asian photography.

Exhibition runs until November 7, 2008. Please confirm attendance via comment box below or via Facebook

For more info: 
Goethe-Institut Manila at 632 817-0978
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