The Northern part of Luzon — with its flat terrain, coastline, and vast mountain ranges— plays a fundamental part in our history for it was a home to many notable and prominent figures who made their mark in the formation of our national identity. In this show, seven artists from this region bring us tales, stories, commentaries, and other portrayals of their own realities, influenced by their affinity to the land of their origin and correspondingly to their own experiences of other territories.
Words that are “loaded” teem with meaning, with layers of nuances, colored with pointed emotion, precise with their biases.
Things, like cars are fully “loaded” when embellished with an abundance of options; while guns and cameras are fully “loaded” with deadly bullets or light sensitive film, ready to be consumed, to be fired or to take shots with.
No one escapes decay. The manner, the rate, the form, the agents of decay, and its variables are all not constant. Decay may be altered, hastened, slowed down. Until it comes and in the final form it comes in, those in the arena: the fighters, the onlookers, controllers of fate and of the elements, may all participate—actively, aggressively, or even in passivity.
Far from looking for the muse in scenic views, beautiful faces and fiestas, the politicized Filipino painter, during the turmoil of the First Quarter Storm, was not reacting to external conditions more fed through the eyes than being fired up by issues fed through the heart and mind. History, then, was being coursed from growing […]