Of love, loss and hope

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‘Tag of War,’ Crown Dolot, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 in

‘Tag of War,’ Crown Dolot, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 in

The group exhibit entitled Contours of Loss, features the works of artists Lester Amacio, Crown Dolot, Michelle Hollanes Lua, Alab Pagarigan and Paul Eric Roca.

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As the pieces in this exhibit deal with both holding on and letting go, the paintings and sculptures elicit a palpable tension and a creative spark that mediate, transform, memorialize and save. These works narrate, theorize, question, embrace and investigate the contours of loss and the promise of hope.

Lester Amacio’s works are generally autobiographical. Using imagery based on objects found in his house, his work takes inspiration from his domestic life and the relationships that make it.

Crown Dolot’s works, dealing with the macro phenomena of export labor and diaspora, mobility and social positioning in a global age, involve combining the powerful gestures of dance with the imagery of the jester and the ubiquitous geotags that appear in social media to pinpoint our location in a map created by GPS technology.

Michelle Hollanes Lua’s piece Retokada deals with the loss of physical beauty as aging sets in. It shows a woman clothed in intricate metal pulling up her breasts in an attempt to recapture lost youth.

Alab Pagarigan breaks away from his oeuvre of diaphanous wire sculptures to present mixed media drawings on textural teabags. His drawings of a man climbing ladders on disparate asteroids, and at one drawing, meets another person who seems to be in an inverted world, serve to highlight the tangential knowledge we could gain from relationships.

Finally, Paul Eric Roca’s paintings portray the anguish of going through unwanted transformation adapting to foreign lands and having to go through unwanted circumstances. Using cockroach as a metaphor, Roca purges the residual animosity and transforms it into visuals that inspires both repulsion and compassion at the same time.

Ricky Francisco curates both exhibits, collaborates with Avie Felix on ‘Contours of Loss.’ They will be on view until December 14 at vMeme, 2/F CK Bldg., 61 Visayas Ave., Quezon City. For inquiries, call, 502-2578 or log on to www.vmemecontemporary.com. vMeme is located at 2nd Floor CK Bldg. 61 Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

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