Sino-Filipino Artists’ Unique View of the World

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byCassie Cheng

In its traditional definition, Vision is about the power of seeing the unknown or the future. It is in the realm of imagination that artists partake of freely, while discerning which aspect of what they see should be presented to the public. As artist-visionaries, Ang Kiukok, Lao Lianben and Charlie Co’s visions are totally in-sync with the present times. Spanning three generations, these artists present starkly different visions which, in an intriguing manner, reflect three viewpoints of seeing and approaching the changes in our speed-filled, cathartically changing world. The works of the three artists come together in an exciting exhibition entitled SINO-FILIPINO: THREE VISIONS, at the Yuchengco Museum at RCBC Plaza in Makati City on view from November 7, 2006 to February 17, 2007.

Ang Kiukok in his paintings contains pain, loneliness and despair. He chronicles and freezes a part of the exterior world that mirrors the internal. On the opposite trajectory is Lao Lianben whose minimalist quiet paintings allow us to experience an interior world of elegance and simplicity where the soul is given rest in an intangible all-encompassing Presence. Charlie Co, the social commentator with a twist, brings a more personal and subjective iconography to this exhibition. He points a finger backward into the subconscious, as though to tell us, that all we despair about and see happening in the world today stems from our own dislocation from our spirits and souls. The exhibit documents the shift and changes of Man’s inner psycho-spiritual states as reflected by the universal and sweeping world-wide changes happening to everyone alive today, and seen from three unique perspectives.

The Yuchengco Museum is located at the RCBC Plaza, corner Sen Gil Puyat and Ayala Avenues, Makati City. Open Monday to Saturday 10 am–6 pm. For more information, please call 889-1234.


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