writings, projects and exhibitions of Clarissa Chikiamco

Friday, February 10, 2012

Invitation to End Frame 3: The Image of Sound, a solo exhibition of Kaloy Olavides

Visual Pond’s End Frame Video Art Project 3: Present, the 2011-2012 Philippine video art festival, together with West Gallery, presents The Image of Sound, the solo exhibition of Kaloy Olavides. The show opens at Gallery 2 of West Gallery on 16 February 2012, Thursday, at 6 pm and runs until 5 March. An artist talk will be held at 2 pm on 3 March, Saturday.

The Image of Sound focuses on the significance of sound to video and television, which, as moving images, have been more dominantly associated with visuals and the act of looking, seeing and watching. Yet, examining another sensory quality, Olavides’ exhibition centers on the medium’s aural experience, done through documentation of simple performative techniques. While forcing the audience to concentrate on sound, the show seemingly negates the importance of images. Yet, in its austerity, The Image of Sound points to the vitality and potency of both these elements in the recognition of how one informs the other.

A year 2000 fine arts graduate from the University of the Philippines, Kaloy Olavides practices with painting, collage, performance and sound and video installation. His works’ themes are inclined to absurdity, irony, anxiety, deception and redirection. His artistic practice is informed by his work in production and sound design for films, music videos, commercials and audiovisual presentations. Olavides is also currently a member of the experimental sound collective Elemento.

Olavides’s The Image of Sound is also the fifth offering of End Frame Video Art Project 3, a project of the non-profit organization Visual Pond. Throughout the Philippine video art festival, artists stage a solo show presenting new video work in various venues from 2011 to 2012. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the theme of the third edition, Present, refers to the current project’s focus on the video art practices of selected Philippine contemporary artists. Last year’s End Frame 3 shows included presentations by Tad ErmitaƱo, Manny Montelibano, Chitz Ramirez and Kiri Dalena. End Frame 3 continues into 2012 with exhibitions by Olavides, Maria Taniguchi and Yason Banal. Visit http://www.visualpond.org.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Video Art Exhibitions in the Fourth Cinema Rehiyon in Bacolod this February

Video Art Exhibitions in the Fourth Cinema Rehiyon in Bacolod this February

The fourth edition of Cinema Rehiyon, the annual Philippine regional film festival of the National Commission of Culture and the Arts, presents a special project on video art, an art form which crosses the fields of both the visual arts and cinema. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the video art contribution to Cinema Rehiyon 2012 includes two exhibitions, Killing Time and Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat, which open during the festival's run in Bacolod from 8 to 11 February 2012.

Killing Time, a group exhibition which opens at Negros Museum on 8 February at 6 pm, features a selection of videos of Philippine artists which directly transact with time, as either the subject of the video itself or as method. Through featuring, extending, repeating, rupturing or reversing time, the artworks of this exhibition, ranging from 1994 to 2011/2012, focus on this essential element of video art practice. The exhibition attempts to show how artists implement time in their video work through different means and objectives. It also aims to concentrate on time as one of the most important topics of contemporary art, relevant particularly due to the unfolding of cinematic culture and the increasing technological progression which has reshaped the thoughts and experience of time in the past century. Artists whose works are included in Killing Time include Tad ErmitaƱo, Yason Banal, Bea Camacho, Kiri Dalena, Kaloy Olavides, Gerry Tan and Maria Taniguchi. The exhibit runs until 26 February.

Gilubong ang Akong Pusod sa Dagat (My Navel is Buried in the Sea) opens in Gallery Orange’s Gallery B, on 9 February at 8 pm with a Cine de Barrio screening the following evening with shorts from Mindanao at 6 pm in Barangay Punta Taytay. The solo exhibition is a video installation by artist Martha Atienza which focuses on fishermen and seafarers from Madridejos, Cebu. It explores the relevance of the sea and its relationship and impact on those who use it as a source of livelihood. First shown in August 2011, its showing in Cinema Rehiyon 4 in Bacolod marks its first exhibition and screening in the Philippines outside of Madridejos. The artist will also be giving a talk at Gallery Orange on 10 February at 2 pm and the show runs until 29 February.

Negros Museum is located at the Former Agricultural Building, Gastulao Street, and Gallery Orange is at Art District, Lopue's Mandalagan Annex Building, Mandalagan, both located in Bacolod City. The schedule for Cinema Rehiyon 4, which includes free admission to all films, may be found in the Cinema Rehiyon website: http://www.cinemarehiyon.com.