• Verano’s ‘Fragmentos’ opens at vMeme gallery

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    Leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony (from left) Angela Cortes, vice president for Sales and Marketing, Megaworld; former Dean Dr. Ma. Lourdes Catral of UP College of Home Economics; Mrs. Elvie Verano; Francisco Verano and Dr. Reuben Ramas Canete, UP Asian Center Museum

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    Artist Francisco Verano with artists of Agos-Kulay Watercolor Society

    SEASONED artist Francisco Verano welcomed patrons, art scholars, fellow artists, students and guests when Fragmentos: a collection of abstract paintings and sculptures from 1959 to present opened in June. Verano shared that the exhibit is a product of putting together fragments of ideas and emotions throughout his career as an artist. “These fragments,” he says, “speak out in visual form.”

    As a result of analyzing and comprehending his subject position as a Filipino artist, Verano shared that he recognizes the strength and ingenuity of fellow artists and traces his artistic development from his famous sculpture Stone Idol (1959) up to his 2013 abstract works. The artist is very much delighted to share his body of work as a narrative of such development in style, form and content.

    “As an agent of art, Verano’s artistic choices and output touches on various themes that invite inquiry into critical production, historical analysis and theoretical reflection”, says curator Sheryll Torres of CreatingSPACE Inc, a non-government organization focused on art sustainability.

    Guests-of-honor Angela Cortes of Megaworld Corporation, Dr. Reuben Canete of UP Asian Center Museum, former UP College of Home Economics Dean Dr. Ma. Lourdes Catral, officers of CreatingSPACE Inc., members of the press, artists-members of Agos-Kulay Watercolor Society (Adi Baens, Egai Roxas, Jess Abrera, et cetera) which Verano formerly chaired, the artists’ pianist wife Elvie Verano and family, graced the Fragmentos opening night.

    The exhibit runs until July 26. vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery is open daily from Mondays to Saturdays, 10am-5pm. For inquiries, call 975-0052 / 964-5951 or log on to www.vmemecontemporary.com or www.franciscoverano.com.

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