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UP Vargas Museum, to open two exhibitions on June 17

The UP Vargas Museum and the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) present Filipino Myths and Legends on 17 June 2014, 6PM at the 3F Galleries of the museum.

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Filipino Myths and Legends is this year’s exhibition for the CANVAS’ Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project. The works draw inspiration from characters in myths and legends found in various regions of the country. The Philippines is rich with tales of origin of things, stories of the supernatural, creatures that thrive in mystic places, and personalities hailed as heroes and modern-day legends. The myths that we grow up with shape our values, our understanding of ourselves and the world around us; and in time, we too learn to create our own myths and legends.

The original artworks are displayed at the 3F Galleries of the museum while the tarpaulin banners are installed around the Academic Oval of the University of the Philippines. After the exhibition, the tarpaulin banners will be recycled into tote bags to support CANVAS’ projects promoting Filipino art and culture.

Filipino Myths and Legends runs until July 15, 2014.

The UP Vargas Museum and Light and Space Contemporary present Ernest Concepcion’s solo exhibit titled The Crux of Things. It opens 17 June 2014, 6PM at the GF Lobby and West Wing Galleries of the museum.

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The Crux of Things explores the dynamics of religion, icons, and those that people worship and idolize. Using enamel and acetate as the primary media for his works, Concepcion dwells on the concept of light through transparent, chrome-like, and glossy effects of these materials. Large-scale installations project the monumentality of objects as an allusion to how a market society reveres images and commodities. According to the critic Jill Conner, “The Crux of Things by Ernest Concepcion unravels into an all-encompassing exhibition, submerging both space and viewers into a larger-than-life critique of the contemporary art world. During the past ten years dealers, galleries and auction houses have created speculative markets surrounding a select number of contemporary artists, inventing both canonical narratives and questionable histories by inflating purchase values. By expanding further from his previous work, Concepcion leaps from contained, hand-carry dimensions into an uncontained, monumental scale. The Crux of Things not only marks a momentous return home for the artist but also serves as the ultimate real-life experience of an organized, aesthetic clash that appears as a painterly starburst throughout the UP Vargas Museum.”

Ernest Concepcion (1977, Manila, Philippines) received his Fine Arts degree major in Studio Arts in 1999 at University of the Philippines. He moved to the United States in 2002 where he participated in various art residencies such as 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 with The Shining Mantis and an artist residency in Beijing, China via NY Arts. As a full-time artist, he works in his studios in Manila and New York and has regularly participated in group exhibitions in the Philippines and the United States.

The Crux of Things will run until July 17, 2014.

Press release from UP Vargas Museum.

The Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center is located at Roxas Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. Museum hours are 9 am – 6 pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission fees are Php 20 for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees and Php 30 for non-UP. Entrance is free every Wednesday for UP students, alumni, faculty and employees. For more information, contact Vargas Museum at (02) 928-1927 (direct line), (02) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunkline), (02) 928-1925 (fax) or vargasmuseum@gmail.com (email).

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