Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison “Does It Matter Who You Are?”
Both a graduate of Fine Arts Major in Painting from the University of the Philippines, the husband and wife tandem of Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison’s latest exhibit is definitely one for the books.
Having carved their careers as visual artists, Ching and Sison fittingly won the Thirteen Artist Award given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006. Over the years, they have exhibited their works in several solo and group shows in the Philippines and other countries including Singapore, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Malaysia, France, and Japan, among others.
“Does It Matter Who You Are?” is a series of portraits that seize the apprehensions and anxieties of living in today’s political climate. As though in deep breaths, paint turns into a receptacle for dispositions and hopes felt in this time of uncertainty.
Juan Alcazaren “The Last Things”
A graduate of Landscape Architecture from the University of the Philippines, Juan Alcazaren also studied foundational courses in sculpture from UP. Since starting his career as a visual artist, his works have been displayed in several solo and group exhibits in the country and overseas–Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Alcazaren’s “The Last Things” is from Christian eschatological teaching and refers to the last four things: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. He mentions further how his “faith falters at the drop of a hat and my spirituality is fraught with inconsistencies but by the Grace of my aspiration for higher things, I am able to continue continuing to be.”
Ayka Go “Home: A Never Never Land”
Also a product of University of the Philippines, Ayka Go is one of the youngest artists in Manila’s art scene. In “Home: A Never Never Land”, she relates how she “was fascinated by stories of princesses that I tried to be exactly like them as I created my own fantastic (sic) universe. This mental kingdom eventually dominated my world as I became convinced that magical things and creatures really did exist, blotting out the reality of pain and suffering”
Never Never Land is an imaginary place where everything is pleasant or perfect in a way that is impossible to achieve in real life.
The exhibit/s will run from November 17 to December 12, 2017.
Finale Art File is located in Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. T +63(2) 813 2310, 812 5034 from Monday – Saturday 10AM to 7PM.
– The Manila Project
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