• Climate change on canvass

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    Ernie Patricio’s eighth solo exhibit
    Artist Ernie Patricio is set to mount a very relevant solo exhibit this August as he joins the awareness campaign on climate change. A traveling exhibit, the show is titled Kung Sa Tambobong and is jointly presented by vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., in cooperation with Museo Maritimo and City Government of Malabon.

    His eighth solo exhibit to date, Patricio will feature watercolor paintings, found objects, and installations depicting life around rivers and seas. The show is aimed to present the apparent threats of climate change as seen in Malabon, the artist’s hometown. It is an inquisition and speculation of man’s actions affecting the environment and vice versa.

    Involvement and intervention is the heart of Patricio’s works. They are based on and more often a willing involvement in issues that confront our everyday life. Throughout decades of praxis, topics such as poverty, diaspora, freedom and modernization were inquired upon in very sophisticated selection of colors and high level of technique in Patricio’s works.

    In the artist’s words: “Nakakatwa kung iisipin. Iyong ilog na bumuhay sa kanya ng maraming taon, kayang-kaya kalimutan ng tao. Wala siyang pakialam kung mamatay ito o makasira pa ng dagat, basta’t pakikinabangan niya lang. [It’s ironic. The river that used to sustain human life for years can easily be forgotten by man. He doesn’t care if it dies or pollutes the sea, for as long as it’s useful for him, he would exploit it].”

    Patricio is a veteran artist who has won a number of awards and exhibited in local and international venues since the 1960s.

    The first installment of Kung Sa Tambobong will be unveiled on August 5, 7 p.m. at the vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery (second floor, CK Building, No. 61 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City).

    Part of the proceeds of the artworks on sale will benefit the Reforestation Project of Earth Day Network Philippines Inc. in Tagkawayan, Quezon.

    The show will then travel to different art spaces and public spaces until the end of the year. It will be on view at Museo Maritimo for the month of September and Malabon City Hall for November. Other venues will be announced soon.

    For more information, call 975-0052 or 964-5951; or visit www.vmemecontemporary.com.

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