Art, Exhibit, North Wing Gallery (Landing)

Drawing On Board | Daniel Coquilla

Drawing On Board
Daniel Coquilla
11 October – 09 November 2012
3F North Wing Gallery

Opening cocktails
11 October 2012, 6PM
Performance art of work in progress
01 – 10 October 2012

The University of the Philippines Vargas Museum (UPVM) presents Drawing On Board, an exhibition by Daniel “Dansoy” Coquilla, which will formally open on October 11, 2012, Thursday, 6PM at the North Wing Gallery of the Museum.

Drawing On Board is an installation and performance art project by Coquilla. A salvaged one-piece jeepney overhead suspended from the ceiling of the gallery serves both as his drawing board and installation piece. Inspired by his previous top view or “tingala” paintings about everyday life and street culture, it engages the audience as they gaze up to see the work and their own reflection in mirrors attached to the board. The viewers then become the subjects in this situation while they mirror the people depicted in his “tingala” piece. Furthermore, Coquilla shows his fascination with multimedia techniques by documenting the art process, consisting of a sequence of drawing sessions, with a time-lapse record of work in progress from October 1 to 10, which is open to the public as part of the performance.

Daniel “Dansoy” Coquilla (b. 1970) majored in painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he also received the UP Gawad Chanselor Para sa Sining Biswal in 1998.  Known for his “from the top” view of scenes from everyday life, he represents faces looking at the viewer as one looks at, and into, the painting’s details. His works, as well as his titles, are whimsical and at times satirical, reflecting his very nature. He won major awards from the Art Association of the Philippines Annual Painting Competition (1996), Philip Morris 4th ASEAN Art Awards (1997), and Winsor and Newton Worldwide Millennium Painting Competition (1999) among others. In 2006, he was one of the recipients of the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He has exhibited his works in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. He currently works as video editor at the UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (NISMED) Audiovisual Group.

Drawing On Board will run until 09 November 2012. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at +632 928-1927 (direct line), +63 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), +63 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. You may also check our website at http://vargasmuseum.upd.edu.ph or like us at our official Facebook page www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd for more information.

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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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