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Thursday 10th July 2014 Transition - Group Exhibition by Association of Printmakers

Transition - Group Exhibition by Philippine Association of Printmakers
02 Aug - 02 Sept, 2014
Opening Reception : 02 Aug, 2014 (4 - 8 PM)
Venue : Di Legno Gallery
Di Legno gallery is pleased to present its first printmaking exhibition titled “Transition”, featuring recent print works by the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP).  The show will be on view at Di Legno Gallery from 2nd August to 2nd September 2014.
Printmaking was first recognized as an art form in the 18th century but has not gained as much popularity versus other art mediums. The aim of the show is to give prominence for the under-represented art of original printmaking and to present to the art community in Singapore the boundless possibilities of the traditional medium.
The participating artists for the show are Ambie Abaño, Pandy Aviado, Mars Bugaoan, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Joey Cobcobo, Fil Delacruz, Noell EL Farol, Lenore Lim and Angelo Magno. Amongst them, three are past 13-Artists awardees, a prestigious award granted by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Whilst at different stages of their artistic careers, the artists share a common passion towards printmaking and are constantly pushing themselves towards new boundaries.
Printmaking, as a mechanical process, is often subject to series of shifts or interruptions which arise from different contexts. The relational nature of both mechanical and expressive methods of printmaking practices can be characterized by series of change or interruptions and disruptions in- between spaces, assume to be potentially part of the process of productive engagement. Working along the theme “Transition”, the artists explore these relationships with unexpected and undefined spaces. These 'spaces' allow them to navigate ways of moving transitions, discovering new truths and sets their perception in any way possible to get through "in-between" spaces causing possible traces of the authority of images.  Synonymous with truth, they are irrefutable.
The show will display 22 images of distinctively different artistic expressions created using various reproductive printmaking techniques including woodcut, silkscreen, rubbercut, lithography and more immediacy approaches like engraving on poly-carbonate with liquid ink, and transfer printing. The works exemplify the versatility of the medium, its exploratory- driven medium and manipulative skills of the Filipino artist’s rendering a whole new meaning to contemporary printmaking in the 21st century.
About the Artists
Pandy Aviado, a veteran artist who has been engaged in printmaking for over 40 years. Amongst the pioneer batch of the printmakers in Philippines, showcasing his xylography on canvas, going beyond printmaking’s traditional practice of transferring an image from plate, and blurring boundaries of printmaking and painting, between mechanical and expressive processeses of art-making.
New York based Lenore Lim; a recipient of the prestigious Jackson Pollock Lee Krasner Foundation Grant has pursued printmaking since the 90s. Her imagery prints reflect elements of nature with a touch of fluidness. With works included in the collection of the U.S. Library of Congress and the private collection of Agnes Gund, Chairman and President Emerita of The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, she is enjoying wide recognition despite being a late starter in her artistic career.
Fil delaCruz, a three- time consistent grand prize winner  in printmaking category of the prestigious Art Association of the Philippines' (AAP) is known for his mezzotint works showing rich velvety black tones capturing images of indigenous people. His works comprising subtle gradations of white, grey and black in lithography explores folklores, creationism, feminine spirit, and the relationship between man and nature.
Benjie Torrado Cabrera; another veteran artist, is one of the few practitioners who has mastered burin engraving technique delicately done on poly-carbonate sheet. With intricate weaving of lines which interposed with circles and flowing curves, his prints emanate a sense of energy and dynamism.

Ambie Abaño’s continued love affair with wood and long been favorite subject, faces are strongly evident in her works. The many variations of the projected image and self-image, the mental introspection depicting faces are further explored in the process of rubbercut, delicately captured appearances of both medium and the subject.  

Exploring contemporary approaches to the versatility of the medium is explored in the print-based works of Noell EL Farol. His cut-out paper butterflies with silkscreen (using stainless steel as antennae), and the expressive mark-making using carbon paper and stencil draw the connection between the transitory time of mediums' ‘dryness and wetness’. This further investigates the  presence and absence in image-making than machine-like systematic labor. 

Natural instincts are more likely pronounced in the works of Mars Bugaoan, the youngest of all the members in the group. Taking the meaning of the titles and looking at the tactile quality, Bugaoan’s monotype depicts destruction of permanence and the transition in the passages of time. It explores the image transferring process by exposing the plate in heat or fire resulting the intended effect of creating abstract forms.  

Joey Cobcobo’s mixed process using thumbprints and handprints on handmade paper is inspired by electoral process in local election; the requirement for one to exercise the freedom is submitting finger print identity. The immediacy of image-making using personal fingerprinting as device is expanded to a more visually identifiable trait of Cobcobo’s series of ‘look-alike’ works. 

With background in theater arts and creative writing, Angelo Magno's rubbercut prints deal with the character making. His expressive manner of cutting is influenced by the grammar of writing, closely associate with playwriting, creating character sketch while not affirming the gender but as emotional beings encountering all the experiences and drama in life. 


About PAP
Founded in 1969, the Philippine Association of Printmakers remains as one of the pioneering art groups in the country today. Today, PAP sits in a 100 square meter studio at the premises of Folk Arts Theater at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It is a printmaking facility, office and training ground, a venue for demonstrations, exhibits, talks and interactions. In its almost 50 years, PAP has undertaken outreach programs, inter-agency collaborations, and publications. Published catalogues that were distributed free to schools and libraries include Sining: Ukit Bato (1995), Bakat (1998) and Bakat ng Limbag Sining I and II, and Bakas: Fifty Years of PAP. 

Posted on July 10th 2014 on 10:51am
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