AFTER a whole year of being in the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, I and some youngies, goodies, and oldies are together in art exhibit entitled: "Myths of Our Own Making".

Myths express the fundamental ideas, which serve as the basis of human experience: fears, desires and motivations. Though place, time, and details vary in our works, the substance remains the same.

Myth-making is every culture’s way of connecting with the natural world, with each other, and with the unknown. A shared myth is like a social contract, uniting a culture by validating and propagating its values, motivating its structure.

Thus it follows that each of those included in this exhibit is a part of a myth, which we express with our attitudes, beliefs, customs, and participation in society. Myths infuse our relationships and worldview; and, in our personal ways, we transform these myths and make them our own. We are transformed by myths, and individually and/or together, we transform our world.

Art is the space for re-telling myths and making new ones. So affirm this rag-tag troupe of 9 artists, ages ranging from 19 to 63, who have come together for this exhibition.

Ed Arcilla’s path in life has taken him through winding roads in the fields of singing, acting, advertising and photography.

• Award winner Cesar Gueta (Letras y Figuras Grand Prize 1993) resides in Bicol where he paints everyday scenes in the laidback lane and portraits of family and friends with unrestrained joy of life – yet takes the 10-hour bus ride once a week to attend 1 class.

• Titat Ledesma’s intuitional processes culled by the experience of being wife and mother contemplate the subtleties in complex human emotions.

• Cristina Escario, a UP Bachelor of Fine Arts graduate now pursuing her master’s degree, took a leave from teaching at the University of San Agustin Iloilo, to infuse her art with critical thinking and ‘creative democracy’, moving beyond the formalist and subjective

• Chen Breva’s background in advertising, photography and graphic arts contribute spunk to her edgy, avant-garde painting style.

• The imaginative eye of Pamela Always Lastimosa allows her to produce sophisticated artworks from the simple abaca fiber that her family exports for industrial use.

• Jerwin Collado’s inquiries about contemporary life and lifestyles translate into unpredictable combinations of forms and colors.

• Dawani De Leon’s youth and innocent demeanor belie the depth of her concerns and the breadth of her range in painting skill.

• yours truly, Boysie Villavicencio, the mananahe and student

• And lastly, we are proud to inform you that , our classmate, Prof. Jonathan Olazo is our curator and adviser for this exhibit.

All our roads have led us to the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines.

Whether to pursue graduate studies, a bachelor’s degree or certificate course in the visual arts, we have sprouted out to be our own distinct branches in the tree of Philippine art.

"Myths of Our Own Making" is a compilation of the visual record of our individual journeys through contemporary life in the Philippines.

The exhibition opens on August 16 at 6:00pm, thru September 9, 2011, at the Sining Kamalig Art Gallery, located at the 4th Level, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Please come and enjoy the colors in our works.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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