CURRENTLY on view at the NCCA Gallery are two exhibits—the solo exhibit of Jes Evangelista and a group show of works using soil and clay.
Evangelista’s seventh solo exhibition, Putting Them All Together comprises his works from 2006 to the present comprise. It traces his concern for the disparity and at the same time affinity of seeming polarities between positive and negative spaces, shape vis-à-vis form and the continuum that spans silhouette and pattern, as spurred by the do-it-yourself woodcraft puzzle.
They include painted assembled puzzles, mixed media paintings on paper and canvas and mobile works.
Featured in the collection is “White Locomotive,” done in 2006, which copped the first prize at the second Semi-Annual Abstract Art Competition of the Art Association of the Philippines and Exhibition Center for Contemporary Arts in 2007.
Its inclusion in the exhibit posits the historical reference to Evangelista’s eight-year-old concern and presents how it intersects with the other visual motifs and issues that continue to inform Evangelista’s art making. Invited to curate the exhibit is Rubén D.F. Defeo of the UP College of Fine Arts.
As an integral part of the exhibit, Evangelista delivers an Artist’s Talk at the NCCA Gallery on September 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Evangelista obtained his bachelor of Fine Arts from the UPCFA in 2004. His works have been extensively exhibited in the Philippines and coast to coast in the United States, from California and Washington in the West to New York and New Jersey in the East.
Meanwhile at Gallery 2, one can view the group exhibit Dusted, which has clay, mud, soil, and earth as main media, which can be described as metaphor for displacement.
While our ancestors revered earthen materials, as seen in the material culture of the past, from writing medium to household vessels, the modern urban people may see these as incongruous or removed from their everyday reality.
Cultivating this distinct curiosity of the changing world and self-questioning, most works in this exhibition are charged with existentialist concerns, both conceptual and emotional.
Dialogues between life and death, or past and present (culture or identity), are allegories that the ten young visual artists—Ali Aldaba, Ralph Barrientos, Brisa Dominguez, Joseph Gabriel, Clara Herrera, Kulay Labitigan, Catcat Mendoza, Katherine Nuñez, Issay Rodriguez and Luigi Singson—delve into with the earthen material.
Dusted is curated by Noell
Both exhibits are on view for the month of September 30 at the NCCA Gallery, located at the ground floor of the NCCA Building, 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.
Gallery hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For visits on holidays, one sets an appointment. For inquiries, call Bryan Llapitan at 527-2192 or Mimi Santos at 0980-1782987, or email email@example.com. Visit www.ncca.gov.ph.