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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Open Ends at The Lopez Musuem

Open Ends, an art exhibit at The Lopez Museum highlights the collection of rarely seen sketches, studies, and unfinished paintings by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo; some masterful creations of Juan Luna; and unfinished letters by Jose Rizal in his own careful handwriting.

Guest artists Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Toym Imao, and Riel Hilario presents their own sculture and mixed media installations to complement the works of the three masters.

In Open Ends, the works selected point to potential stages of artistic creation: to a seeming prologue of a story, experimentation in technique and even attempts at appeasing one's curiosity. Challenging the usual practice of exhibiting an artist's best and finished works, the exhibition explores how value and meaning evolve by looking and experiencing art that are products of opportune moments, happy accidents and even (un)timely interruptions.

Artist Ling Quisumbing Ramilo explains that she sees art in the most unlikely places such as the street, warehouse, or drawer. But the story of this religious figure is different. She was exploring a town in Laguna famous for wood carvings and she discovered this religious figure. She offered to buy it but the wood carver doesn't want to sell it to her because its not yet finished. As you can see from the photo, there are still plenty of rough edges, and even the face and hands are not yet done properly. But to Ling, this is art in one of its purest form. So after so much explanation and convincing, the wood carver gave in and sold her the figure (and she said he even thought that she's crazy to buy something like this).

Artist Riel Hilario spent his high school years at the Philippine High School for the Arts in Mt. Makiling in Laguna. Aside from honing his art talent, he also discovered many things about himself. He also finds a memorable episode wherein he got sick in school. He was so sick that he needed to take some powerful pain killers that made him he things differently. From then on, most of his works shows a figment or two of his vivid imagination.

Toym Imao's mixed media sculpture depicts an unforgettable era in Philippine History. His love for our country and the cultural and political issues are vividly expressed in his artworks.

Open Ends runs from August 22 to December 23, 2015 at The Lopez Museum in Benpres Bldg., Pasig City.


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