2013

Looking for Juan: REVOLUTION, May 31 – June 18, 2013

Looking for Juan: REVOLUTION

Dozens of the country’s artists have been invited to participate and interpret the theme, “REVOLUTION”, as a tribute to Andres Bonifacio on his 150th birth year anniversary.


NAMELESS | Dave Lock, May 31 – June 18, 2013

NAMELESS | Dave Lock

Dave Lock illustrates verses from the 98B COLLABoratory in these works of oil on canvas – all untitled, hence: Nameless. A self-described “optimistic nihilist,” Lock’s work is permeated by his realizations of “an extreme termination to all living and non-living things,” which move from hand to brush to canvas, in fine strokes that illustrate the artist’s careful avoidance of disillusion and depression.


The Last Pine Tree | Kat Palasi, April 25 – May 20, 2013

The Last Pine Tree | Kat Palasi

By using photography to highlight issues that are close to her heart, Kat Palasi’s The Last Pine Tree portrays the face of industry through a story of dispossession. In Palasi’s words, the people of Benguet province have become “disenfranchised by the many ‘development’ projects that have been imposed on them for many decades”.


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BUENVIAJE: An Ode to Good Voyage | Anton del Castillo, 25 April to 20 May 2013

BUENVIAJE: An Ode to Good Voyage | Anton del Castillo

In Buenviaje, del Castillo’s central image is a cattle caravan usually seen peddling native handicrafts in the streets. Del Castillo brings the peddler caravan into the museum as a gesture of deconstruction — from its original form as a utilitarian icon into an objet d’art. Using the cattle caravan as a platform and a metaphor, he puts together the medium and technique that he had used in previous works (gold leaf relief-painting, metal build-up sculpture, assemblage of found objects and video). Buenviaje is hence del Castillo’s ode to a good voyage, the caravan and his art practice. The ‘buenas/good’ largely refers to a harmony of series of choices, events and conditions, rather than plain and simple good fortune.
Curated by Dayang Yraola


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Ganta | Diokno Pasilan, 20 March-20 April 2013

Ganta | Diokno Pasilan

A word referring to an act of measuring or signifying a quantity, the title Ganta derives from Pasilan’s appropriation of a local device used to gauge the volume of grain. In this exhibition, the artist transforms the cube-like form of the gantangan into lightboxes evincing images of indigenous houses. These glowing cubes become modules arranged in an installation revealing the artist’s engagement with the material culture of various locales he inhabits.


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Curiosities | Geraldine Javier, 13 February – 15 March 2013

Curiosities | Geraldine Javier

In Curiosities, Geraldine Javier explores the idea and process of collecting as a form of a human-object relationship. It focuses on the ties a collector creates with artifacts, relics and artworks Javier as an artist has collected, a condition that blurs the boundaries between collecting and art production. This relation is further illustrated in the juxtaposition of Madame A’s collection and Jorge Vargas’s memorabilia in the Museum. Their collections are representations of themselves as these objects play out as bearer of agency as construed by the artist.


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Walang Sinasanto | Emmanuel Garibay, 13 February – 15 March 2013

Walang Sinasanto | Emmanuel Garibay

Walang Sinasanto embraces an entire range of allusions and references that straddle the realms of the mundane and the divine. It can denote the loss of sanctity, deeming no one or nothing sacred; it can also describe a condition where authority and hierarchy are challenged, or imply a condition of social and moral decadence. This set of meanings opens up a rich plane for discourse, which Garibay elaborates on his canvases.


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THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE, 8 January – 9 February 2013

The President’s Office

It is with consideration for this character of Malacañang as an imaginative blind spot that the participating artists took on the task of representing the Presidential Office. Their construction of the interior features and contents of the Presidential Office are informed by their perceptions of its functions, significations, and history. In turn, as representations that serve as reflections of their own imaginations, the works also function as indices of the expectations, fantasies, and perceived relationships that overlay our collective imaging of the seat of power.
A group show curated by Antares Gomez Bartolome


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Lupa: Struggle for Land

Comprising works in various media made by two generations of visual artists, Lupa: Struggle for Land weighs on the states of oppression and exploitation that the peasantry—the country’s most populous social sector—faces. The exhibit looks back on the decades of landlessness, usury, land grabbing by both the colonial and native elite, natural resource plunder, and worsening poverty and their effects on society and the generations to come.


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Devour | Fish Talks is a roundtable discussion among humans on anything about fish, from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. The activity is open to public participation at the 3F North Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consent as part of the "Fish Talks" artwork until 1 December.

For this event, we invited Dr. Rhodora Azanza, and Dr. Arnel “AA” Yaptinchay.

Dr. Rhodora Azanza (fondly known as The Red Tide Lady) is a Professor Emeritus at the Marine Science Institute, and first woman Dean of the College of Science, University of the Philippines. She is an Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), and she was among the eleven awardees honored by the UP Alumni Association with Lifetime Distinguished Achievements in 2013. She received the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Outstanding Research and Development Award for Applied Research/ Julian A. Banzon Medal for her projects that aimed to develop technology for the detection and mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) or red tides in 2014. She was presented with the 2015 Pantas Award by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD), and served as the former Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Linkages), and the director of the Office International Linkages of the university. 
Dr. AA Yaptinchay has been involved in marine biodiversity conservation in the Philippines for over twenty years. He is the director and founder of the conservation NGO, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines after having worked with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Biodiversity Management Bureau as a biologist and WWF-Philippines as their Species Conservation Program Director. He has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the University of the Philippines and earned his Master’s Degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Bremen University, Germany. Devour | Katti Sta. Ana at the 3F Galleries runs until 1 December 2017. For tours, please send an e-mail to vargasmuseum@gmail.com. We will have two activities at the exhibition next week. Check our Facebook for more details. ADVISORY: The museum will be closed on Monday as usual, and on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the ASEAN 2017 non-working holidays. We resume operations on Thursday, 16 November. We thank Dr. Judy Taguiwalo and Renz Lee for Green Go Home: The Necessity of Protest yesterday. Lisa Ito will be moderating another conversation, Green Go Home: From Aklasan to Bungkalan with Angie Ipong and Iggy Rodriguez next Friday, 17 November. Grrrl Gang Manila joins the Green Go Home project through a Grrrl Meet #5! on 18 November. Please check the event pages for updates and resources. DEVOUR by Katti Sta Ana is on view at the 3F Galleries until 1 December 2017. We thank everyone who attended the evening reception. The exhibition at the Vargas coincides with Paglulual International Ceramic Art Project 2017 at the U.P. College of Fine Arts.

The evening reception was graced by a performance by Boyet De Mesa and Rabu Barroco based on the Sta. Ana's Dog-Eat-Dog pieces. 
Other activities for the show:

21 Nov, TUESDAY, 9am-5pm

Collaborative wall drawing session at the Dog-Eat-Dog area of North Wing Gallery with Manuel Heraña, Boyet Montejo, Ritchie Rodulfo, and Kevin Roque (selected UP College of Fine Arts freshmen)

24 Nov, FRIDAY, 2-4pm

FISH TALKS: a roundtable discussion of humans on anything about fish from experiential, anthropological, ecological, scientific, or philosophical perspectives. This is open to the public. Participants are enjoined to bring and sit on their own chairs during the discussion. The chairs can be received by the museum prior to the day and may be kept with the participants' consend as part of the Fish Talks artwork until 1 December, as symbols of persons' stakes on the issue. 
DEVOUR PROJECT TEAM:

Artist Apprentices: Pam Quinto, Jezzel Lorraine Wee, Raffy Ugaddan, and Raymond Escoto Carlos

Artist Volunteers:

Rosa Mirasol Melencio, Lui Gonzales, Aileen Viñas, Zee Aquilizan, Precious Pareño, and Raha Rodriguez 
Special thanks from the artist are given to Jose Tence Ruiz, Reynel dela Rosa, Marco Rosario, Rita Badilla-Gudino, Leo Abaya, Yasmin Almonte Lantz, Rey Concepcion, Penny Bencito, Froilan Sta. Ana, and Roberto Acosta. Do We Dream Under The Same Sky?

From #TomasVu and #RirkritTiravanija's Green Go Home project at the 1F Galleries. Later at 3pm, visual artist Renz Lee and former DSWD Secretary Dr. Judy Taguiwalo initiate a conversation titled "The Necessity of Protest." Lisa Ito will moderate the activity.

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