Baguio-based artists hold 'future culture' exhibit

PIONEERING in various art medium and style, local artists linked thru 'future culture' exhibit.

A group exhibition opened at the Cafe by the Ruins Dua gallery featuring the works of Alex Dioso, Royce Garcia, Roxanne Tibang, DM Pascual, Gorz Molina, Micah Hilotin, Romeo Rosete, and Bumbo Villanueva.

Showcasing the foundation of the artist's vision on the beliefs and practices today manifests the inevitable surprise of tomorrow.

The artists highlighted culture “which is not only bound to regions and traditions extends and transcends to everyone's multi-cultural and syncretic ways of life.”

Villanueva, an established metal sculptor, is known for his pieces promoting the indigenous roots of the different tribes in the country with his method of spontaneous direct welding of cut sheets meticulously formed.

For the exhibit, Bumbo created a manifestation of a cultural future of a woman playing the cordilleran instrument gangsa in his bronze sculpture.

Culture, being the backbone of the society gears a message to hold its importance while the freedom to experiment is employed in every artists minds where the idea of future come from.

For the exhibit, culture is not only confined with that in the Cordillera, as it is open to foreign and local culture as a whole.

Bumbo gathered artists from different walks of life, mostly fine arts students of the University of the Philippines Baguio. For Alexandrea Dioso, she used the medium of acrylic and aluminum where her art dwells on women as her subject aimed “to give a general overview on humanity.”

Royce Garcia, the youngest aspirant met Bumbo, where his art dives on acrylic painting. In one of his works, he pondered with the perfect representation of love, a mother and child relationship, of which he says will be a continuous reminder.

With tiles on plywood, Roxanne Tibang embarked each piece focused on the rich culture of Kalinga with simple tradition through time, by engaging human as a reminder of the dark and hopeful wide range of audience in the future for its colorful culture while, DM Pascual expressed her vision through her acrylic painting entitled “Schrodineer's Man.”

Gorz Molina, presented latex on canvass designs of which he said is how he envisioned Cordilleran attire while Micah Hilotin who ventured in soil painting said her works are in the camera's perspective.

Our future and culture depend on our children in the next generation. I'm giving the audience the lens to observe and make their own interpretation (about what will happen in the future),” Hilotin added.

Romeo Rosete created an oil on canvass showing a 'meme' to represent what people would do on social media which considered as an avenue for globalization.

“I wanted to reflect on what the children are doing now. We have our Cordilleran culture, it’s very rich and beautiful but in the present, there’s an interweaving different culture. It’s up to the people to react,” he added.

The exhibit will run until November 29.
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