Artist Talk / Walk-Through, Lecture, Panel Discussion

Traditional and Industrial Materials in current Sculpture Practice and Urban Settings

A Round Table Discussion
In line with the
L’envie de faire l’amour and Kidlat installations
Vargas Museum Grounds

9 July 2010 (Friday), 9 a.m.
College of Fine Arts Auditorium
University of the Philippines-Diliman


The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum in cooperation with the College of Fine Arts will be holding a round table discussion on Traditional and Industrial Materials in Current Sculpture Practice and Urban Settings. This activity is corollary to Gaston Damag and Goetz Arndt’s residency at the College of Fine Arts and exhibition at the Vargas Museum grounds.

The panelists include artists Gaston Damag, Goetz Arndt, Jeremy Guiab, and Reg Yuson. Moderated by fellow artist Sandra Palomar, the discussion will cover the problems encountered in on-site production as well as conditions of acquisition and/or commission of large-scale sculpture. It will give emphasis on the use of contemporary materials and processes as well as the definition of “public” in art.

Gaston Damag (b.1964) is a Filipino artist who has been working in France for the past twenty years. Damag is distinguished for ethnographic sculptures that incorporate industrial materials. His sculptures respond to cultural and physical dichotomies.

Goetz Arndt (b.1962) is currently a professor teaching sculpture in stone and wood at the École Nationale Superieure des beaux-Arts in Paris. His artistic research focuses on sculptural interventions taken in context, especially in public spaces, evoking history, the implantation and the attribution of sites.

Jeremy Guiab (b.1970) is a practicing sculptor for two decades. Guiab maintains a workshop specializing in resin and metal works that produce industrial objects as well as fine art sculptures commissioned by a growing number of art collectors and young artists. His knowledge of industrial materials has served in providing practical

solutions to various traditional sculptural problems that was first applied to modern design.

Sandra Palomar (b. 1971) lived for 17 years in Paris after graduating from the UP College of Fine Arts. From painting her work developed into various forms that embrace new media and performance while attending the Ecole Nationale Supérièure des Beaux-Arts. Known for almost invisible tableaux vivant, she endeavors to breach the gap between subject and experience in art. With sculptor Gaston Damag, she co-founded and presides over a non-profit art association for Filipinos in France providing residency.

Reg Yuson (b. 1971) lives and works in Quezon City. Yuson is known particularly for his public sculpture projects, solo and collaborative, in new city sites such as the Fort. A graduate of the UP College of Fine Arts, his artistic research suffuses the notion of architectural space through minimal forms and surfaces.

Admission to the round table discussion is free. Reservation is encouraged.

For reservations and additional information, please contact the Vargas Museum at numbers 928-19-27, 981-85-00 loc. 4024, or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com

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It aims to preserve its collection donated by Jorge B. Vargas and conducts research, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs. The Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center houses a museum, archives, and library devoted to the Philippine history, art, and culture from the late 19th century until the post-war era. Its main beneficiaries are students, faculty, researchers and scholars of the Philippines and Asia.

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Initiated by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, the project collaborates with seven contemporary Filipino artists. Mike Adrao creates an image based on a photograph from Bulatlat.com of the People Surge rally in Tacloban in 2014.

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