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DANCING THE SHRIMP: The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix | Jon Cuyson

The Vargas Museum is pleased to present Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) opening on August 11, 2016 at 4 pm at 1F Galleries. The exhibition features Jon Cuyson’s new works of fragmented installations that combine painting, sculpture, sound, photography, performance and scenography. Continue reading

THE BANQUET: Subject matter I of III | Jaime Pacena II

UP Vargas Museum opens J Pacena II’s solo exhibit titled The Banquet: Subject Matter I of III on June 8, Wednesday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries of the Museum. “Subject Matter” is an on-going research and artistic project that focuses on three themes: An Observation on the Current Art System and the Philippine Art Market, … Continue reading

Perya | CANVAS

UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with CANVAS (Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development), presents Perya on June 8, Wednesday, 4pm at the 3F Galleries. Perya showcases the 8th year of CANVAS’ annual “Looking for Juan Banner Show”. This year, the theme directs its focus on the carnival. Aside from being a place of … Continue reading

RIGHT OF WAY | Lj Ablola

12 May to 3 June 2016 3F Landing and Hallway UP Vargas Museum UP Vargas Museum, with support from The Working Animals Art Projects, opens LJ Ablola’s exhibition titled Right of Way on May 12, Thursday, 4pm at the 3F Landing and Hallway. Right of Way explores the way the public interacts with and utilizes … Continue reading

COLORUM

Colorum 12 May to 3 June 2016 1F Galleries UP Vargas Museum UP Vargas Museum, with support from The Working Animals Art Projects, opens the group exhibition titled Colorum on May 12, Thursday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries of the museum. Colorum reflects the participating artists’ differing approaches in art practice while being united in … Continue reading

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DANCING THE SHRIMP
(The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) 
JON CUYSON
1F Galleries
11 August – 15 September 2016 
The Vargas Museum is pleased to present Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) opening on August 11, 2016 at 4 pm at 1F Galleries. The exhibition features Jon Cuyson’s new works of fragmented installations that combine painting, sculpture, sound, photography, performance and scenography. Jon Cuyson transforms the entire ground floor of the Vargas Museum into a space in flux, slipping between abstraction, figuration, ready made, still life and movement. Cuyson is interested in the appropriation and re appropriation of found texts, images and objects and their underlying social and psychological significations through the insertion of fiction and personal subjectivities as a means of destabilizing our perception of time, memory and space. 
The artist’s investigation of the 19th century Filipino settlement in the bayous of Louisiana led him to an image of settlers laboring under the sun removing shrimp shells using their feet referred to as “Dancing The Shrimp”. This found document serves as the point of departure for the exhibition. Interwoven in the exhibition is the narrative of the fictional character ‘”Kerel”, a trans Filipino seafarer who travels back and forth time further complicating our understanding of the mechanisms of the past with the present, authenticity and invention. Dancing The Shrimp (The Tactical Improvisation of Post Colonial Space Mix) brings together Jon Cuyson’s interest in the relationship between history, impermanence, migration, and identity formation. 
Born and educated in the Philippines, Jon Cuyson has participated in exhibitions in New York and Europe since 2004. His works employ different techniques and media including texts, photographs, drawings, artist books, paintings and installations. Jon Cuyson received a MFA from Columbia University in New York City in 2010 and currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines. 
For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunk line). We congratulate Paulo Vinluan for being shortlisted for the Ateneo Art Awards 2016. Vinluan presented "See Waves" at the 1F Galleries of Vargas Museum last May-June 2015. Photos of "See Waves" can be viewed at http://bit.ly/2ahGppH. More information about Ateneo Art Awards can be found at http://ateneoartgallery.org/ateneo-art-awards/. Happening now at the Vargas Museum: J Pacena's Artist Presentation Artist Presentation on Saturday, July 9 at 2:30pm. Activity is free and open to the public. Pre-register via vargasmuseum@gmail.com. Schedule advisory: We are closed on July 6, 2016, Wednesday, for Eidl Fitr. Regular operations resume on July 7, Thursday. The "Perya" group show organized by CANVASph is on its fourth week and will be on view until July 9, 2016. Visiting days and hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

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