The TUP Implosion

Neil Arvin Javier, "It Was So Good", mixed media (collage), 153x183 cm

Alrashdi S. Mohammad, "Expand" and "Active", mixed media, 183x137 cm

With the CCP not exactly in my neighborhood, I debated whether I had the time to swing by Implode, a special exhibit of selected alumni from the Technological University of Philippines College of Architecture and Fine Arts.  Luckily, my schedule cooperated, as did the traffic lights on EDSA, and I found myself in the CCP’s third floor gallery in half an hour, right before the show opened. Best of all, save for the artists busy with their last minute arrangements, I had the space all to myself.

Dex Fernandez, "Ready To Riot", mixed media on photograph, 90x122 cm.

What a revelation!  I didn’t realize until I saw the works gathered together how many of today’s exciting artists graduated from TUP:  Lirio Salvador, Lynyrd Paras, Mac Valdezco, Eugene Jarque, Dex Fernandez, Mark Andy Garcia, Joey Cobcobo, Froilan Calayag, Ryan Rubio, Ferdie Doctolero, Noell El Farol (who curated the exhibit).  The works lean heavily towards paintings and wall-bound pieces, but all so well-constructed.  Nobody can fault these guys for their technical skills.

Dexter Fernandez, "Hi", mixed media, 112x 165x36cm.

I have to admit a bias towards the non-paintings —Mac Valdezco’s reprised Plastic Ghost, her polymorphic sculpture from saran wrap and wire, Dex Fernandez’s Ready To Riot, mixed media on photograph, and Bente-Benteng Kuwento , Edward Simon’s installation of framed photographs. Dex’s manipulated photo complemented Hi, essentially a three-dimensional canvas piece with the texture of tooled leather, transformed into a robot-like creature.

Edward Simon, "Bente-Benteng Kuwento", photo installation

The exhibit also yielded two surprising discoveries, artists John Sy and Neil Arvin Javier.  John, who works full-time for GMA 7, showed two paintings. His canvases groan from the weight of figures compressed so close together that they seem to meld into one single pattern. They remind me of David Cortez Medalla’s piece in the Ateneo Art Gallery collection.  Arvin, on the other hand, brought out a collage from his stash of pieces,  works he has only shown to “underground” galleries. I thought It Was So Good ,with its references to graffiti art, was one of  the most eye catching  in the entire show.  It would be great to see what else these two can do!

John Sy, "Night Sky", 122x214 cm.

Implode runs from 14 October to 28 November 2010 at the Bulwagang Juan Luna, 3F Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd, Manila.  For more information call  the CCP Visual Arts and Museo Division (632) 832-3702.

Joey Cobcobo, "Insomnia", oil on canvas, 122x153 cm.

John Sy with "Proof Of Life", acrylic on canvas, 183x122 cm.

Eugene Jarque, "The Roamer", mixed media, 183x122 cm.

Ferdinand Doctolero, "Tri-Part-Tied",mixed media on canvas, 183x183 cm.

Eric Guanzon, "Fifty-Seven Deaths", inkjet print on aquarelle paper

BJ Esber, "Ulyanin", acrylic on canvas, 90x90cm.

Lexygus Calip, untitled, mixed media, 183x122 cm.

Lynyrd Paras with "Wasak Kung Wasak", oil on canvas, 183x183cm.

Mac Valdezco, "Plastic Ghost"

Ryan Jara, "Which Way", mixed media, 197 x 197 cm.

Ryan Rubio, "Dancing Maria"


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2 Responses to The TUP Implosion

  1. Jonas says:

    imbah Poh Ung Mga Works nka2eLib!! hehehe!!

  2. Jonas says:

    imbah POh ung mga WOrks!! ang Lu2Pet poh Sir!!

    hehehe!!

    More Powers pa Poh!!!

    idoL!!

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