Exhibit, West Wing Gallery (Edge)

transFIGURATIONS | Ambie Abaño

banner-forwebonlyAmbie Abaño presents several installation works of stuffed rubber cut and serigraph prints on spandex in Transfigurations, a forthcoming exhibition at the UP Jorge Vargas Museum organized in partnership with Tin-aw Art Gallery. The exhibition embodies Abaño’s innovative approach to printmaking. Her works are vessels that contain and broaden image through chosen medium that is print, its allied processes and the possibilities inherent to print in representing both stasis and movement. The materials and surfaces she chose for her pieces are malleable and given to contour, such as rubber and stretch textile. Abaño renders form through reproducible image and reworks the codes of print making, allowing her pieces to converse with surrounding space.

Transfigurations presents five portraits in editions printed on elastic textile, countenance given form through striations, elongated, and by manner of installation distorted to our vision through stamped, stretched, crimped, cut and sewn surface. In a 2006 exhibition, the gallery space is curiously transformed into what seemed like a tannery of dislocated skins: textile flayed and cast, snug and sag, taut and lax all rhythmically transforming surrounding space into positive imprint. In the artist’s able hands, the process that defines print making which is oscillation between negative and positive space is rendered another dimension. Abaño’s pieces bridge conventional and experimental print and installation methods, her exploration of technique founded on the layered approach that defines printmaking. Yet her works are singular in their engagement of spatiality and sequence. Abaño imbues them with the voluble and tactile quality of print’s surface, further heightened by the sculptural aspect and immersive quality characteristic of installation.

Ambie Abaño’s artistic practice is founded on the continuing exploration of the possibilities of print, from surface to space, through voluble image towards surrounding volume. The artist approaches the project of image production through rigorous process. It is continuous perfection of method combined with inquisitive experimentation, an easy yet cleverly measured combination of old and new, a relentless exploration of the many layered intricacies of her chosen medium. Transfigurations  opens on 4th July 2013, Thursday, 4:00PM at the Vargas Museum inside the UP Diliman campus. The exhibition is on view until 16th July 2013. Transfigurations is the artist’s Masters of Fine Arts thesis exhibition.

Ambie Abaño has exhibited widely here and abroad. She was president of the Philippine Association of Printmakers from 2006 to 2012, and currently department chair of Studio Arts at the UP College of Fine Arts. Abaño is recipient of residencies sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Manille and the Asian Cultural Council that led her to exhibit works in Paris and New York.

Transfigurations runs until 16 July 2013 at the West Wing Gallery, Ground Floor of the UP Vargas Museum.


About Jorge B. Vargas Museum

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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Green Go Home featured artist: MIKE ADRAO

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.

Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) landed in the Philippine eastern coasts of Leyte and nearby provinces in November 2013. A year after the calamity that killed more than 6,000 people, simultaneous rallies happened in Eastern Visayas, Bohol, Zamboanga, and Metro Manila to denounce the government’s ineptitude in giving services and aid. People Surge is an alliance established in Tacloban City on 25 January 2014 by the survivors of the typhoon and it has organized mud walks to commemorate the Yolanda event. Green Go Home by Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija is at the 1F Galleries of the Vargas until 18 November 2017. Through collaborations with seven contemporary Filipino artists, images of recent protest actions in the Philippines are drawn on the walls of the Vargas as the exhibition progresses. 
According to Vu and Tiravanija, “the provocation inherent in Green Go Home is positioned against the subtle underlying subtext of U.S. interventions, and colonialist attitudes, towards its neighbors in Latin American from Mexico southwards: an antagonism that has cost many lives and much strife. In the imagery itself, the presence of each character-from films to music to personalities of resistance-reveals itself to the viewer as addressing the condition of the graffiti text. The grid holds up the statement and reinforces the layers of interpretation, readings, and misunderstandings. Green Go Home is meant to be a wall of resisters, and of resistance.” On Saturday, 19 October 2017, the museum will be open as usual with viewing hours from 9am to 5pm. However, please be advised of heavy traffic inside the university campus due to the UPCAT (University of the Philippines College Admission Test). Here are some photos from last Saturday's opening reception of Green Go Home at the 1F Galleries. More photos can be viewed at our Facebook page. #TomasVu #RirkritTiravanija #BuenAbrigo #MikeAdrao #RenzLee #GabbyNazareno #ArchieOclos #IggyRodriguez #JoTanierla #drawing #mural #protestArt #resistance #socialsculpture Here is "Membranes" created by artist-educator Yan Abeledo
for the exhibit ">upgrade | homo sapiens sapiens" currently on view at the 3F Galleries. Thanks to @eyascapes for the photograph. Described as “social sculpture”, Green Go Home dwells on, magnifies, and renders the gesture of protest looming, urgent, and lively in current time and present political life. Conceived by collaborators Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija, it has been organised in Colombia, the United States and Spain. This year, Green Go Home goes to UP Vargas Museum. Through collaborations with contemporary Filipino artists, images of recent protest actions in the Philippines will be drawn on the walls of the Vargas as the exhibition progresses. The exhibit seeks to review our notions of history by contributing a specific history of protest through interactions with the audience. The Vargas develops a timeline of protests to be accompanied by discussions as an integral part of the exhibition.” Mike Adrao’s artwork is based on a photograph of People Surge Tacloban published in Bulatlat.com, 11 November 2014

Green Go Home runs until 18 November at the 3F Galleries. Thanks to @tinawartgallery for the Instagram photograph. Third week of viewing: >upgrade | Homo sapiens sapiens | Yan Abeledo runs until 27 October 2017. The image is an installation shot at the 3F Galleries of two sculptural works titled Adam™ and Eve™ with corresponding printed texts and graphics on sintra boards also created by the artist. The exhibit raises questions on the human body and the ethical interventions on it. The allure of the commercial aspect of this venture may attract visions of the future, yet with it comes uncertainty.

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