When Ryan Villamael showed his paper cutouts in his first solo exhibition, he thought it would be his last. The initial response of the audience was one of befuddlement. Cutouts are usually relegated to handicraft or child’s play. But Villamael’s intervention into the fragile medium entailed not just cutting but concept. By contemplating paper as a fraught site (after all, it is also the medium of books, maps, and other archival materials), Villamael liberated the material to become an arbiter of meaning, one that traffics in the intersection of self and society, of biography and geography.
MANILA, Philippines — In his relatively short but fruitful life, Ray Albano wore many hats: he was a museum assistant, arts administrator, critic, curator, graphic designer, painter, photographer, poet, writer.
Expanding on the previous two days' themes of heritage, archives and repatriation, the third and final day of Para Site's international conference at Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts inHong Kongbegan with an eloquent lecture delivered by artist Pio Abad, whose opening sentiments echoed the previous day's discussion by Marian Pastor Roces of political violence and corruption in the Philippines.
As per usual, the Artissimaart fair held in Turin, Italy brought an interesting selection of local and international contemporary art. Across the vast space of the Oval, 189 galleries presented their artists in a variety of media – yet, what caught our attention was the frequency of the art involvingtextile, and one that could hang on the wall at the same time. It can be found within almost every sector of the fair, including Dialogues and Present Future, and it ranges from emerging names to the more established ones.
Silverlens Challenges Conventions in Two Thought-Provoking Exhibits
Painting,Differentlyexamines the art of painting down to its very essence—the laying of pigment onto a surface—whileEquivalent/spursues the idea of abstraction within the objectively form-dominated discipline of photography.