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March 8, 2013

Independence - Works of Emerging Filipino Artists @ the GSIS Museo ng Sining

Art continues to be an effective venue to make an observation on society. As it comments, it rouses public opinion. It is a potent approach of expressing observations. It is such that any autocratic rule outlaws free expression, thus censuring and censoring real art.
Artists recognize this new movement of configuration where art has become the articulation of free-thinkers. Where art has become the expression of the avant-garde, artists break rules and show alternatives to establish observance. Oftentimes the artworks produced can be dark, daring and appalling. It is the sign of the times.

Prominent Filipino art critic and writer Alice Guillermo publishes of this observation in her notes to the 2008 exhibition History of Art, Art in History: A Continuing Examination of Philippine Realities. Guillermo writes, “What keeps the new painting style apart from the old way is the angst it harbors. It carries meaningful messages that are often critiques on present human conditions. The paintings are now concept-driven, more importantly; and they are not executed primarily with the aid photos as references (i.e. using a photo as basis for the painting).”

Thus, the present-day artist denies the self-conscious styles that only fit public edification but instead brings to the fore the alternative inundated characters and characterizations masked by layers of history. The artist frees himself.

He professes this independence. Where the present times can no longer conceal the diverse images of a society in crisis, the artist continues to scrutinize and narrates these images through his art that also progresses and persists to be contextualized in time and space.

It is the art that survives the teeth of time. It is not obviously because of its appearance but more so because it can draw awareness and interest to the extent of an issue. Then and only then can it possess an enduring and weighty outcome as a commentary to the present pressing issues as well as in human behavior.

The GSIS Museo ng Sining features INDEPENDENCE at its Main Gallery. Curated by JCrisanto Martinez, the exhibition features the works of emerging Filipino artists Julian Almirol, Edmund Andrada, Victor Bautista, Paul Magisa and Ed Arcilla. The exhibition is open for public viewing from 08 March until 25 March, 2013.
GSIS Museum
GSIS Bldg.

GSIS Bldg.
Financial Complex
Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines

Friday March 8, 2013 - Monday March 25, 2013

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