The Wedding Guests

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

'THE WEDDING GUESTS,' 2014, Photo transfer on cloth, thread and embroidery

‘THE WEDDING GUESTS,’ 2014, Photo transfer on cloth, thread and embroidery

March has turned out to be a friendly month with my selection to participate in the 4th Zomer Expo to be held at the GEM in The Hague from end of May to August this year. With “Light” as theme, around 1,000 art works were submitted last March 22 during the first round at the Gothic St. Eusebius Church in Arnhem.

All works were judged anonymously and without titles, with the first round proceeding like a carousel in a factory shop. A work will be shown for approximately 15 seconds, with the jury raising their hands for approval to the second round.

The first-round ‘day’ jury selected more than a hundred, and by the end of the day the final six-man jury further narrowed the submissions to 80 works including my piece titled “The Wedding Guests.” “The Wedding Guests,” previously shown at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen, is part of my 2013 series of photo transfers on cloth.

Hoping to see Netherlands-based friends at the Gemeentemuseum (GEM) in The Hague where 260 works will be shown for the annual Zomer Expo from May 29 to August 31!

Additional info at: http://www.zomerexpo.nl

Solo at Art Informal

February 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

Entrance Big Room AI horizon
ART INFORMAL (AI) is an artist-run gallery in the heart of Metro Manila, located at the pheripery of a residential area. Last February 6 my first solo in the Philippines, titled ‘A Stitch in Time,’ opened at Art Informal, featuring 28 pieces of my enbroidered/stitched photo transfers.

With the creative and enthusiastic support of AI’s Tina Fernandez and Gigi Lapid, AI’s Big Room was transformed into a muted exhibit space that accented the introverted character of my works. AI’s presentation was the right fit and provided a wonderful atmosphere. From the exhibit design down to the typography, all were carefully planned and executed by the AI team.

The works can be grouped into portraits, landscapes and Filipiniana portraiture of the early 20th century. All are vintage photo transfers from antique postcards, digital prints and clippings, with a monochrome palette made up mainly of sepia, light greys and browns hues.The photo transfers are then stitched or embroidered with colored thread, while a few pieces had beaded and cloth reliefs, or are composed of collage cut-outs of the same vintage photo transfers.

The AI exhibit runs until February 24 and coincides with the final three-week of a group exhibit of which I am a part of at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), and where I am showing six works (See previous post), also made of vintage photo transfers.

Here are some photos, courtesy of Art Informal, from the exhibit. Thank you to all visitors and to the AI team for a wonderful opening day! And to friends in Manila who have not yet visited AI, catch “A Stitch in Time,” and the two other solo and group exhibits also at AI’s Main Hall and Inner Room.

AI install view 7

AI Install view 6

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´The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,“ (2013, photo transfer on cloth with stitching) one of the exhibited works. The title is borrowed from Carson McCullers´ 1940 novel

The link to Art Informal´s website for the full selection of photos, installation views and artist´s statement

New at Galerie Bart

December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

MAURICE galerie bart

After a long absence from this blog, I am posting the upcoming exhibit at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) where I am joining four other artists for the year-end and 2014 exhibit. Located at Nijmegen’s central shopping district, the Galerie Bart show will open this Saturday, December 21 and will run until February 22, 2014.

Six of my new mixed media works will be shown together with works by artists Jochem Rotteveel, Harry Markusse, Sylvia Evers and Isabelle Wenzel. I am showing my embroidered vintage photo transfers. This show will offer a glimpse of a more expansive solo exhibit in Manila in February next year. My first in Manila, Art Informal (Mandaluyong City) is due to show more than 15 works of my mixed media photos in early February.

Shown here is the piece titled ‘MAURICE,’ one of the six works at Galerie Bart. The five other pieces are individual and group portraits all taken from the early 1900s.

Netherlands-based friends, see you at Bart!

For details, check out the Galerie Bart website at
http://www.galeriebartnijmegen.nl/exposities-galerie-nijmegen.asp?dc=26080&Cat=5004&Mnu=5000

Concordia 3

October 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Concordia 3, third in a series of sculptural assemblage

After weeks of adjustments and refining, finally got to rest the third piece in the Concordia series. Concordia 3 is a sculptural assemblage made of found metal objects, clay, plastic toys and acrylic paint. A small switch mechanism, also a remnant of and found on a toy, plays a 10-second ditty when switched on– a rather odd addition to the whole piece which looks like a rusted piece of metal object.

I am taking a temporary break from the Concordia series to switch gears for a different kind of sculptural piece which I am preparing for an art exhibit.

Detail, Concordia 3

Concordia 2

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Concordia 2

CONCORDIA 2, the second in the series of mixed assemblage made of plastic toys, clay, wood,metal and acrylic paint. Small moving parts are also incorporated, manually operated through a wind-up key..

This piece will also form part of the seven works to be exhibited next month at the De Buytensael Gallery in Arnhem. It took several weeks to apply the layers of paint and textures, but finally got the right shades. The follow-up piece is currently undergoing the last phase of painting and textures.

Photo below shows a detail.

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Concordia 2, detail

Wonder

June 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Art encounter (Photo by Mark Tamea)

I HAD a busy weekend with two art show openings in two cities, with vastly different contexts and audiences.

The first was last Friday at The Hague with the ZomerExpo 2012 (Summer Exposition), the details of which (and photos) I would post in another blog. The second was the following day, June 16, Saturday noon at Bart Kunst in Huis, a gallery located in downtown Nijmegen. Four other artists were involved in the show called “Verzamelingen” (Dutch for “collection” or “accumulation”).

It’s great to see friends and colleagues in settings other than the four walls of the office, in birthday parties or the hospital ward, and this time the context is art. Last Saturday there were many: photographs, collages and drawings, installations and mixed media sculptures and assemblages–the last category covering my own work. I had five pieces in the show some of which are shown in photos here.

Amid the light talk, the mini-reunions and the rituals of  an art opening, one does wonder why we  pause to look at and appreciate art.

Perhaps part of the answer will be reflected in the banner photo I placed above– that of the girl staring at my work “Erys.” A daughter of a colleague (who is an accomplished artist of music, soundscapes and digital recordings), her photo captures the encounter that eloquently speaks of one of art’s effects: wonder.

My thanks to friends who came over for the opening, to Xera and Simone of Galerie Bart and the support of family.

For friends in the vicinity, Verzamelingen will run until 15 July and will close for the summer break until 13 August, to reopen again from 14 August to September 1 .

Have a nice summer solstice!

Bart show (Photo by Erika Rivera)

Concordia, on view at Bart Kunst in Huis (Photo by Erika RIvera)

Bailey

June 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Detail of mixed media sculpture ‘Bailey,’ Photo by Xera Alberts/Bart Kunst in Huis

Here are some press photos of my work from Galerie Bart Kunst in Huis in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Bart is opening the themed exhibit “Verzamelingen” (Dutch for ‘Collection‘) on June 16, Saturday. Photographer Xera Alberts has made excellent photos of my work which I will post in this blog in the coming days.  Thanks Xera!

Looking forward to see friends and art lovers during the opening!

Mixed media sculpture ‘Bailey’ Photo by Xera Alberts/Bart Kunst in Huis

Bart Kunst

June 1, 2012 § 1 Comment

Digital invitation for ‘Verzamelingen’ at Bart Kunst in Huis

BART Kunst in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, will present starting on June 16 the group show “Verzamelingen,”(Dutch for ‘collection’ or ‘accumulation’). With that title as theme, I and four other artists will be showing our recent works ranging from drawings, photography, two-dimensional work, objects and sculptures. Accumulating materials, images or how the process of ‘collection’ triggers, affects or informs the creative process will be reflected in the works on show.

For Netherlands-based friends, visit Bart Kunst which specialises in contemporary art and provides a platform for young artists in the Netherlands. Photo above shows the digital invitation for this exhibit which will run from June 16 to September 8, with a summer break in mid-July to mid-August.

Enjoy the summer!

Concordia 2

May 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Struggled with the tedious miniature work for this piece, Concordia 2, the second in a series. But it was worth the effort. These are a series of test photos before I proceed to the phase of ‘textural’ and final paint work. Various materials were used incluuding metal strips, wood, clay, plastic toys, doll parts, wires, etc. Found objects were also used, literally picked up from the streets such as bicycle screws and bolts. A moving part- actually a wind-up mechanism, is also attached close to the doll’s head. All in all, it took me eight nights to complete the basic form and miniature work.

This piece’s ‘little brother,’ Concordia 1, will be included in a group show at Galerie Bart in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

ZomerExpo 2012

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

Jury views the submitted art works for the ZomerExpo art event PHOTO from ZomerExpo 2012

After days of rain and cloudy weather, brilliant sunshine flooded the Netherlands last Saturday and looking back, perhaps, the day’s cheerful start was a portent of good things to come.  My entry consisting of a digital print of turn-of-the-century photos with embroidery was chosen, anonymously by a jury, for this year’s ZomerExpo (Summer Expo 2012) to be held in De Haag (The Hague) from June 15 to August 19.

The selection was tough since there were around 1,000 works submitted for the (last) round in Utrecht. Besides, no names/titles appear in the judges’ hands and in the first round they will only have about 15 to 20 seconds to view the work and simultaneously vote (show of hands). Established, even nominated artists were infamously turned down in this summer art event, whose format has been used in recent years in the UK and Belgium.

Art critics, historians, professional artists, museum curators and gallery directors/owners served in both jury. A 12-man jury made the first cut for the first round with 200 works. I made that round and was told to come back at 7 pm that night for the final cut of 91 works to be selected by a new jury of six members.

I am attracted to the idea of anonymous selection since new, established, professional and amateur artists have all equal chances. The works were judged on four points mainly originality, use of materials, visual impact/X factor and the work’s relation to this year’s theme “Love.” Venue for this second edition will also be at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (GEM), one of my favorite contemporary art museums in the Netherlands where I spent many wonderful visits in the last 10 years .

Another wish coming true- my work will finally hang on the walls of the GEM. Big smiles here!

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