Filipino, Korean visual artists unveil trio of shows

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Finale Art File raised the curtain on solo exhibitions by Redd Nacpil and Kim Oliveros and a group show of Filipino and Korean artists co-curated by Se-Eun An and Leslie de Chavez on February 4.

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Curated by An and Chavez at Finale’s Tall Gallery, Unbearable Lightness of Being features works by Wire Tuazon, Keiye Miranda, Leslie de Chavez, Christopher Zamora, Boyet de Mesa, Eric de Leon Zamuco, An Se-Eun, Hong Soun, Lee Ju-Eun, Song Young-Wook and Lee Seung-Ah.

The exhibits, which run until February 24, encompass a diverse selection of art forms ranging from paintings, drawings, objects, mixed media, installation, to performance art and new media.

According to the curators, Unbearable Lightness of Being explores “the idea of measuring the weight of things that matter or do not matter to us,” and “the range of values that one produces in response to objects and beings one holds dear.”

Redd Nacpil’s latest one-man show, Wanton Dog, is featured at Finale’s Upstairs Gallery. Nacpil’s new collection of paintings respond to a quotation attributed to African-American human rights activist Malcolm X, which exhorts: “don’t be in a hurry to condemn because a person doesn’t do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn’t know what you know today.”

At Finale’s Video Room is Benevolent Assassination, Kim Oliveros’ latest solo exhibition combining new paintings and clay bird sculptures. A graduate of the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, Angono-based Oliveros continues exploring representations of the Japanese geisha through painting, appropriating images from vintage photographs and rendering them as transient yet colorful figures.

Finale Art File is located at Warehouse 17, La Fuerza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Gallery hours are from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 813-2310; email finaleartfileinc@gmail.com; or log on to www.finaleartfile.com.

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