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July 16, 2012

Victor Balanon and Ernest Concepcion Work of Art @ Ronac Art Center

More than being merely besting each other for territorial dominion and artistic prowess as like a kung fu showdown, this becomes a metaphorical platform for the dynamics of creative work, especially that of collaborations which is as much rooted in managing discordant differences yet begetting a more holistic work.
The Big bang theory, which is a product of atoms coming together and fusing to this colossal explosion which produced earth as we know it, is the very example of the natural mechanics of opposing forces coming to play in the conception of anything.

This collaboration is one of the most anticipated this year as both artists are highly regarded for their virtuosity in their chosen medium of ink and acrylic, and their bravura in wrapping walls with robust ingenuity and imaginative narrative content.

Prior to this show, both artists have already done a series of collaborative projects. Vic Balanon, who works as an animator at TOEI animation studios, has collaborated with skate board graphics artist Ferdz Valencia, for a three part animation/installation called Crocogator and for which they have represented the country in last year's Jakarta Biennale.

Meanwhile, NY-based Ernest Concepcion has an ongoing collaboration with Mike Estabrook for their Kangarok series. One of these collaborations were staged in Beijing, China in 2010 as a product of their studio residency by the NY Arts Gallery Beijing.

Victor Balanon is a self-taught artist who first made a mark in the underground music scene with his album cover designs for numerous punk bands such as Bad Omen as well as in the realm of self publication with Quatro Comix which he has created with Ferdz Valencia and Argie Bandoy. He later studied film and animation at the Mowelfund Film Institute producing two animated short films as a result. He was invited to be a part of the seminal late-90’s art space/collective Surrounded By Water, where some of the more prominent, current artists of today have started their practice. Since then he has been actively participating in exhibits held locally abroad. He has had solo exhibits at Blanc and at Artesan Gallery in Singapore.

Ernest Concepcion, originally from the Philippines, works in painting, sculpture and installation. He uses conventions of photorealism and landscape but employs fantastical elements to explore alternative universes . He uses concepts of war in the process of painting itself, strategically invading the landscapes by drawing armies on the surface following topographical formations, eventually turning tranquil natural scenarios into potential battlefields. It was in the lonely town of Englewood, New Jersey where he began The Line Wars, a series of black and white drawings depicting opposing forces engaged in ridiculous battle based on the entertainments of childhood and adolescence.

He moved to Brooklyn and participated in a number of art residencies including the LMCC Workspace Program, the Bronx Museum of Art Artists-in-the-Marketplace (AIM) program, the Artists Alliance Inc. Rotating Studio Program, the Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency, the LMCC Swing Space Program at Governors Island. In 2011 he was both a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) finalist in the Drawing Category and a Nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Currently, he is a full-time artist making new works and a graphic novel based on the conflict-ridden planet of Ona to be released soon.

The drawing duel between Balanon and Concepcion will be documented in a time lapse video to be screened on the opening on July 21 at 6PM. Screenings of Gurren Lagann, the mecha anime series, and an artist talk will also be held in the subsequent days after the opening. Exact dates for such will be announced.

Contact Details:
For more details, please call (63 2) 570-9815 local 7 or email:
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Ground Level, Ronac Art Center
Ortigas Ave., Greenhills
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Saturday July 21, 2012 - Tuesday August 14, 2012

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