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March 3, 2012

Unique Exhibit by a Pinoy Artist

"Reflections" an exhibit by Egai Talusan Fernandez

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) presents Reflections by Egai Talusan Fernandez. The exhibit will open on March 5, 2012, Monday, 4:00 PM at the NCCA Gallery in Intramuros. Fernandez will also give an artist talk on March 14, Wednesday, 1:00 – 3:00PM.

The image and medium comprise the creation of reflection, but it is the process of looking that constructs meaning and representation. Seeing objects at different perspectives and junctures changes not only the experience but also the production of reality, formation of identity, and establishment of ideology. In this exhibition, the use of mirrors as a medium and as an element in the image provides various forms of seeing/looking that reinforces the concept of reflecting. Fernandez reverberates his four decades of artistic practice in Reflections as he looks back with his oeuvres, re-inventing and re-working them to present contemporary subjects and current concerns. He has developed new philosophies that encroached on his art production, as he now sees things in different light through his continuous reflections.

Edgar “Egai” Talusan Fernandez (b. 1955) studied at the College of Fine Arts of the Philippine Women’s University where he majored in commercial art and interior design. His career in painting started in 1974, mostly working on abstraction. His talent was immediately recognized when he won the grand prize for his work “Civilization” in the painting contest sponsored by Compro Philippines in 1976. It was his membership in the Center for the Advancement of Young Artists in 1976 that stimulated his sociopolitical orientation. He was one of the founding members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, and together with other artists, he co-founded the group Kaisahan. He received a travel grant in France in 1981 and focused on Filipino migrant workers as a theme for his “Metro” series. One of the most flexible artists from the social realists group, he succeeded veering from abstraction to realism with underlying social context and employed various non-traditional media and techniques.

"Reflections" runs until April 30, 2012. For more information, please contact Mimi Santos of NCCA Gallery at (contact numbers) or you may send an e-mail inquiry at The NCCA Gallery is located at 633 Ground Floor NCCA Building, General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. Viewing hours is Monday to Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

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