"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." - Thomas Merton
For the past eleven years, Galerie Joaquin has been presenting some of the very best of Philippine modern and contemporary visual art--and in the process allowing more and more people to find and lose themselves in art's allure. One of the pioneer art galleries in the country, Galerie Joaquin has witnessed and contributed to the seismic shifts in the continued development of visual art, and has played a part in the increasing profile of Philippine art within the regional art scene. Galerie Joaquin represents and has hosted important exhibitions from renowned art scene heavyweights, including Presidential Medal of Merit winner Juvenal Sanso, National Artists Arturo Luz and Abdulmari Imao, glasswork genius Ramon Orlina, and the estate of the late National Artist Frederico Aguilar Alcuaz. The gallery has also been behind the successful career of masters Mario Parial, Lydia Velasco, Dominic Rubio and Michael Cacnio.
In this light, the public is invited to celebrate Galerie Joaquin's 11 years as one of the leading art galleries in the country, with an anniversary exhibition entitled Year 11 at the Atrium Level of The Podium Mall in Mandaluyong City. The limited edition show runs from February 4-7, 2013 with an exhibit opening and gallery reception on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. The show then transfers to Galerie Joaquin Podium located at the Lower Ground Level of the Podium Mall and runs from February 8-16 before proceeding to Galleria Nicolas at Glorietta. Year 11 features the culmination of a decade as one of the preeminent art galleries in the country, displaying works by artists such as Sanso, Aguilar Alcuaz, Imao, Orlina, Rubio, Parial, Angelito Antonio, Michael Cacnio, and Velasco, as well as a collection of some of the best contemporary artists in the scene today including Toti Cerda, Juanito Torres, Edwin Tres Reyes, Vincent De Pio, Aileen Lanuza, Eufemio Rasco, Jaspher Penuliar, Jerry Morada, Carlo Magno, Daniel de la Cruz, Migs Villanueva, Pro Gelladuga, Amador Barquilla, Richard Arimado, Jovan Benito, Aljo Pingol, Jef Cablog, Ronald Caringal, Karina Baluyut, PJ Jalandoni, Roel Obemio, Hamzah Marbella, Glenn Cagandahan, Reybert Ramos, Jomar Delluba, Aldrino Abes, Jeff Dahilan and Almer Moneda.
Galerie Joaquin may be reached through their landline at (632) 723-9418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is at www.galeriejoaquin.com.
Juvenal Sanso certainly needs no introduction, and his renowned Moderno series of abstractions and landscapes, as well as his Brittany series of landscapes, are well represented. Still-life abstractions and portraits by late National Artist Aguilar Alcuaz demonstrate a singularity of skill in technique and vision. National Artist Abdulmari Imao plays with the traditions of Southeast Asian Islamic motifs, with naga-like sculptural forms of the sarimanok trope and Arabic calligraphy. Ramon Orlina proves once again that he is a master of the medium of glass and all its permutations with new works of differing shades. Dominic Rubio continues his usage of elongated figurations within colonial contexts, which pairs fantastically with Mario Parial’s naïf take on whimsical interludes and Lydia Velasco’s investigations on feminine sensibilities. The show also marks the participation of Bernard Vista and Camille dela Rosa.
Among contemporary artists, Vincent de Pio connects his surrealist approach to traditional female preoccupations and Asian cultures. De Pio's new series of surrealist Japanese visions - complete with geishas brandishing assault rifles - was one of Galerie Joaquin's more acclaimed exhibitions of 2012, and works from that series will be in included in Year 11. Juanito Torres, as the leading historical painter in the country, takes scenes straight out of Philippine history with his large-scale canvases. Roel Obemio shows his alignment with Boterismo concerns of exaggerated volume within genre contexts, while the renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio revels in playful genre scenes in mixed metals and his new series of illuminated sculptures.
Works from Eufemio Rasco IV, Jaspher Penuliar, and Pro Gelladuga are at the bleeding edge of the contemporary avant garde, with a conceptual mileu that is thoughtfully juxtaposed with refined technique and rebelliousness that has come to define the scene today. Pure abstraction, perhaps the most technically-challenging form of painting, is well represented by the master of the form, Carlo Magno, and by Karina Baluyut. Narrative sensibilities are, on the other hand, presented by Migs Villanueva who, in the tradition of the likes of E. Aguilar “Abe” Cruz, also happens to be an award-winning writer.
Year 11 heralds a new dawn for Galerie Joaquin as it celebrates its place in the firmament of the Philippine art scene.
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