Bull In The Heather

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This post is two months late haha! I had a lot of anxiety re: the opening because there was this massive rally that crippled EDSA, specifically around Megamall.

I was surprised a lot of friends made it despite the chaos. I seriously was just expecting the other artists haha!

I will admit, it does feel like quite the feather in my cap to have exhibited at Megamall. 😛

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Our curator was nice enough to let me include Tsugomori in the exhibit since it was unexhibited, so I used it as a jump-off point for the new pieces.

As usual, click to full view and to see titles, details, etc.

With the exception of Tsugomori, all the other paintings have been inspired in some way by names of famous race horses.

Which I totally just got off Wikipedia, not like I know shit about racehorses haha!

Gab, Currently III:

Plugging:

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Bull In The Heather, the titular song by Sonic Youth, and so named after a real Kentucky derby horse, is poised for this exhibit as a metaphorical open source to the myriad readings on power dynamics, value, labor, craft, functionalism, mysticism, primal instincts, spectatorship, and performance, especially set on the strength and idiosyncratic vision of the artists involved, as to be an artist requires a considerable degree of conviction as headstrong as a prized race horse. The song, with the exhibit not entirely being about it and for it, serves as a prompt as well as to embody the fervor and attitude of an inter-generational discourse pop savvy on such issues. We are after all molded by the music we listen to, the films and TV programs we watch, the books we read, where we mine mostly the meaning of our existence, gleaning from the troubled and awkward age of our first awakening.

“Time to tell your love story “. For this exhibit it, is a love story as an op-ed confessional, broadly expressed as dainty wispy pen strokes of biomorphic expulsions , as sensuous lines streaming into rivulets of mane and waves of nymphs, as finely cut embroidered appliques of pre-pubescent girls, as dense as a rubber tires bound by netted lace, as vivid splashes of purple and tangerine on writhing bound bodies, or as brash as a glittered banner extolling anatomical proprietorship.
We thus embolden you to take on this exhibit as a Trojan gift horse to be looked on in its mouth, its ears, its teeth, its full form, inside and out, lest it gallops away with all your bets, for this art show will be gone, too soon.

I’m privileged to be a part of Bull in the Heather, an all-woman exhibit that opens on the 29th of August at the Art Center in SM Megamall. Join us for the opening at 6pm! 🙂 The show will run until September 10th.

Feeling Relieved:

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I finally finished my last piece for the upcoming exhibit and I feel so light. I’ve mostly been on self-imposed house arrest to finish on time. Now that I’m done, I can allow myself to be excited for the exhibit. I gave up surfing last weekend for this!

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I’m also excited to get back to the gym because I haven’t been at all this past month, plus I’ve been eating a lot McDs and instant ramen so I feel like a whale.

Playing:

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To aid in my Steven Universe withdrawal, I bought Attack the Light on the app store. (Also because the price went down from $2.99 to $0.99.)

While I’ve played a couple of RPGs in my day, this is my first turn-based one. It’s also my first non-casual game that isn’t on the DS, so I’m still getting used to the touch screen. Fat fingers and touch screens are never a good combination, particularly when the attacks rely heavily on timing.

The characters are voices by the same actors who voice them on the show which is awesome. It’s both really adorable and frustrating, because like Steven, I get stressed when the Gems poof ha-ha!

Just Singin’, Singin’ in the Rain:

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I’ve got a trip coming up next month, so I’ve been on a pretty tight budget. I’d resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be able afford to watch Singin’ in the Rain while it was in Manila. Lucky me, my fairy godmother of an Aunt asked me to be her date for the opening gala! ❤

It was awesome and just so much fun! I hadn’t seen the Gene Kelly movie since I was a kid, so the songs were a nostalgia bomb. Taryn-Lee Hudson, who plays Lena Lamont completely stole show.

It’s been a pretty good week, and I really hope this keeps up. After being sick on and off for almost a month, I could use more good weeks. 🙂

Nurturer, Virgin, Monster.

This is it! My first show!  ಥ▽ಥ

Nurturer, Virgin, Monster opens 7.00 pm on June 23, 2012 at Secret Fresh, Gallery B, Basement, RONAC Art Center, Ortigas Ave. San Juan.

Our work will be on display until  July 17, 2012.

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– Iñigo de Paula

This June, the Secret Fresh Gallery opens a group show that casts a strange light on the female archetypes of mythology. Tin Garcia, Gab Lopez, Katrina Pallon, and Julie Shen each take a stab at the nurturers, virgins, and monsters that haunt our myths.

Gab’s pieces accelerate these archetypes with the fuel of pop culture and vintage cartoons. Julie’s art may seem ephemeral, but the strength of her lines provide the pieces authority and autonomy. Katrina unleashes waves of detail on the canvas, creating a tapestry that reveals as much as it keeps hidden, refusing to show the full gambit at first viewing. Tin twists the ideal – and idealized – female form by grafting sexual figures cut from Filipino folklore.

The exhibit is more than a static exploration of roles, however. Myths are meant to be passed down from storyteller to storyteller, causing archetypes to mutate with each telling.

The artists assume their positions in the chain of myth-making, and create fresh narratives for these nurturers, virgins, and monsters. The results are at once unsettling, empowering, beautiful, and deeply affecting.

Join us for cocktails and live music on opening night! Hope to see you all! ♥