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TERRAFORMING | Mark Valenzuela and Pablo K. Capati III

TERRAFORMING at UP Vargas MUseum

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with Art Informal and Box Plot, presents Terraforming. It opens on March 20, Friday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries and runs through April 30.

An exhibit of Mark Valenzuela’s and Pablo Capati III’s contemporary ceramics, Terraforming goes beyond its literal definition of earth-shaping to present the importance of the process of making ceramics and the way the artists use these works in order to re-create and re-examine the world around them. Since terraforming is the process by which the earth is re-created (to the point of being habitable for humans) in order to transform a planet or a moon, the exhibition is a reflection of the artists’ physical and conceptual practice of re-forming the earth and re-creating their own worlds – beautiful, yes, but also full of conflict, confusion, and (in)humanity.

The exhibition invites its viewers to look at ceramics not as a beautiful object that has been shaped by ceramic traditions and age-old techniques, but as a platform by which the artists reveal something of themselves and the spaces they inhabit. For instance, Valenzuela explores cultural hegemony and the relationship between the individual and the collective by focusing on how the outsider “terraforms” his/her new environment. This includes colonization as a form of “terraforming” and the process of mediating and preserving in transforming one’s environment. Capati, on the other hand, reiterates a deep connection with the earth and the elements. His biomorphic forms, which are unadorned and complex, infuses a sexual quality into his sculptural ceramics.

Linking their projects is a collaborative work in which the egg becomes the basis of symbols from fertility to sensuality, from birth to death.

Mark Valenzuela (b. 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines ceramic installations and paintings through which he considers recurrent themes of conflict, displacement and confinement. He has been shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards and was one of the 21 Southeast Asian ceramic artists chosen to develop the permanent collection for the FuLe International Ceramic Art Museums (FLICAM) in Fuping, China in 2012. He participated in Artstage Singapore 2013 and Art Fair Philippines with Art Informal (2013).

Pablo Capati III (b. 1975) took pottery classes in Kobe, Japan and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He became a full-time potter by 2003, and established the pottery studio at Art Informal in 2004. He is also on the board of directors of PUTIK Association of Philippine Potters. Element, Capati’s first major solo exhibition in 2010, shows his mastery as a potter: his works either acquired a barnacle-clad texture or retained their smoothness, both being a “planned accident” of sorts. Pablo Capati combines the art form of pottery and the elements of earth, water, wind and fire.

For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (+632) 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 http://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd and follow us @UPVargasMuseum for updates.

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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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25-27 January 2018 | Thursday to Saturday, 3-5pm
An Ecological, The Obligatory Reading Series (Season 1)

Closing the first year of PCAN, the Public Engagement and Artistic Formation introduces an itinerant educational initiative in the form of a reading group, established to explore ideas and accommodate materials collected and discussed by the institution’s ongoing research. The reading group is a bi-monthly meeting, hosted in the last week of a month. 
The initial series of reading proceeds from the use of the term “ecological/ecology” in understanding practices of public engagement and artistic formation. In the first meeting (January 25), we will focus on Isabelle Stengers’ work that qualifies the scientific and political dimensions of the ecological as a method of creating relations and as a mode of understanding these relationships to the world. We will ask how these relations create ‘modern’ practices and their other through conceptual vectors utilized by Stengers, such as pharmakon, factishistic proposition, and constraints. The second meeting (January 26) will be an exercise on reading data and statistics about rice production and supply through Mark Sanchez’s project Rice Food Web (2017). Moderated by the artist, the session releases the interpretation of these articles into an open platform of alternative and multiple readings of information. We will ask the agency and dynamics of artistic research/artist-led research in the economy of ‘scientific’ information and policy-oriented knowledge production. In the final meeting (January 27), we will read into a history of an institution and institution-building through its documentation, collected and archived outside its context in Marawi. This session will be an encounter with the Dansalan Quarterly Journal, a community-based, interdisciplinary publication produced by the Dansalan Junior College (now Dansalan Research Foundation) in 1975. 
Session 1 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 25 Jan
Cosmopolitics I
Isabelle Stengers
Moderated by Renan Laru-An

Session 2 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 26 Jan
Reading the Web
Moderated by Mark Sanchez

Session 3 | 3:30 – 5:00 PM, 27 Jan
Dansalan Quarterly Journal Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through 
and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

25 January 2018| Thursday, 2:30-5pm, 1F Lobby

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines.

A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph/
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ 24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN, coordinated by Roberto G. Paulino, identifies research themes and topics pertinent to the vision of the proposed network. For its pilot research project, it undertakes archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod.

Place of Region in the Contemporary, the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), closes with several activities on the last week of January 2018. The four exhibitions currently on view at the Place of Region in the Contemporary introduce the four nodes of the network. 
All events are free and open to the public. Pre-registration via vargasmuseum@gmail.com preferred. Contact during office hours: 928-1927

https://pcan.org.ph
Main event page of project on UP Vargas Museum: https://www.facebook.com/events/585701778427439/ The project Place of Region in the Contemporary is closing next week. Activities from 24 to 27 January are free and open to the public. Please check UP Vargas Museum page for full details. **25 January 2018** Thursday, 2:30-5pm
Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities
Curator’s Walk-through and Conversation with Martin Lorenzo De Mesa and Kat Palasi

Tessa Maria Guazon, coordinator of the Exhibition and Curatorial Analysis component of PCAN, shares her ideas and processes through a curatorial walk-through of "Traversals/Trajectories: Expansive Localities" at the 1F Lobby of Vargas Museum. A conversation with two of the thirteen featured artists of Traversals/Trajectories follows the curator’s walk-through; visual storyteller and textile artist Kat Palasi and interdisciplinary artist Martin de Mesa offer insights into their art practice as well as their specific local contexts.  The exhibition explores ideas of the region and the different “practices of placeness” in Philippine contemporary art by tracing numerous strains of place making in the works of artists from different localities across the Philippines. Collateral activities are organized with the exhibition, including a discussion platform to examine impulses underlying the curatorial —those that frame and activate localities in their assertion of claims to place against an overarching globality.

https://www.facebook.com/vargasmuseum.upd/posts/10155899791262667 Roberto G. Paulino coordinates the Knowledge Production and Circulation component of PCAN. For Place of Region in the Contemporary, Paulino initiates an archival research on Philippine artists Jess Ayco (1916-1982), Santiago Bose (1949-2002), Abdulmari Imao (1936-2014), and Junyee (Luis Yee Jr) (born 1942). Born or based in the regions of Bacolod, Baguio, Jolo, and Los Baños, the artists represent the disparate conditions and production in Philippine modern and contemporary art. *****************************************24 January 2018
Wednesday, 10-11:30am
Art Historiography Series: Jess Ayco in Philippine Art

The first lecture of Roberto G. Paulino in the Art Historiography Series of PCAN through the Place of Region in the Contemporary focuses on the study of the Filipino modernist Jess Ayco who lived and worked in Bacolod. Place of Region in the Contemporary is on its last ten days of viewing. At the Sensorium of the museum's third floor, texts about artist-curator Raymundo Albano are displayed alongside his poetry and curatorial and graphic design. Visitors are encouraged to spend time to read at this area. 
Place of Region in the Contemporary is the initial project of the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN). https://www.pcan.org.ph

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