Dedicated to celebrating Filipino folklore through urban contemporary art, San Francisco artist and curator James “gaNyan” Garcia has brought together Filipino artists from the US, Philippines, and Norway to create “Tabi Tabi Po”. The Kapre, Manananggal, Dwende, Tikbalang, and Aswang are just a sampling of these haunting creatures that will be brought to life in this exhibit.
A percentage of the art sales will be donated to the victims of typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng through BAYAN Philippines and BALSA (Bayanihan para sa Sambayanan).
To listen my excerpts of the audio tour at the museum, call (626) 628-9690 and enter item #611 and #612.
I am so honored to be included in this show. Among the artists featured are my long-time heroes Xu Bing and Wenda Gu. Also featured are Zhang Dali, Chongbin Zheng, Yu-Kun Yang, Chaz Bojorquez, Gronk, John Valadez, and Leo Limon.
My work included a series of parasols created in collaboration San Francisco's Apex and and a painting--"One World, One Dream" that I created as part of a live performance with Desi W.O.M.E. at the Oakland Art Gallery.
Unfortunately, because many of the works belong to private collections, the Museum did not allow photography in two of the galleries. I was able to take pictures only in the gallery with the museum murals and my own pieces.
Video of Xu Bing and LA graffiti artists creating three murals commissioned by the museum in 2003.
Site specific mural by Gronk.Views of the one of the three galleries.
This is a wonderful show curated by Nicole Caruth, featuring enormous installations by Cui Fai of her thorn and twig calligraphic pieces, new tape pieces by Aakash Nihalani and an expansion of works from my Flash Series, including a large piece on the wall of the gallery and new 6' layered scrolls.
Photos from the opening and installation-- Paraphrase, is on view at Arario New York through July 24. (West 25th St. @ 10th Ave.) More pics on Flickr...
The parasols I created with Coby Kennedy are hanging by the entrance as well!
In a project inspired by the work of El Anatsui, I worked with local youth, residents, and the staff at Deer Park to create a small piece for the Institute's dining area. We sifted through the collected trash at Deer Park for raw materials that could be transformed--foil and plastic wrappers from chips, chocolate, tea and coffee.
its so yummy to find time to write again. i'm minimally workshopping the poems. i guess for me they've been a part of excavating my creative process...this one is fresh and probably not done. i think i would like it to be the narrative for an animation piece.
("dilaw" is yellow in tagalog and "puti" is white)
dilaw. puti. dilaw. puti.
i cough color staining baby cheeks wrists, fingernails feet
dilaw. puti. dilaw. puti.
hands slapping morena, mistiza, dilaw. puti. dilaw. puti. i raise a hand in protest my soul is not reflected in my color --it lays between sinews saving voices laying dormant dilaw. puti. dilaw. puti. until such a time as spirit erupts irrepressible and pure like rage in a forest.
image: From the series "Saving Face" by M. Mangahas, 2006, Philippine cocoa, paraffin, chili