Can't wait to come home to Manila this April, very excited to see family and friends. Will be there for the whole month and hope to visit Baguio, Iloilo and Boracay with friends from Manila and North American chapter of Banggaan Art Group.
Heber Bartolome, Filipino musician/painter and Ben Razon, Filipino photographer helped me a lot in organising the shows, putting me in touch with gallery owners. Thanks guys! Will bring you some bonza rippa Aussie red wine! Here's poster artwork of the show (above) and poster info (below). Come visit my shows if you're in the area.
Three Exhibits in Manila by this blogger
To be launched in Manila April this year
Aragon's digitally-manipulated photographs and scanned images.
"Pixels as paint! I'm now addicted to this wonderful, electronic canvas.
I avoid gimmicky plugged-in effects. A simple paint program like Photoshop
offers simple yet powerful tools; much like an ordinary lead pencil effectively
used to sketch a pretty portrait in the analog world." – edd aragon
Opening 3 pm, Sunday, April 6, The Oarhouse, 1803 A. Mabini St, Malate, Manila tel.(+632 4508301)
Aragon's ultra-violet light-reactive (inivisible) paintings on canvas of legendary
Filipino and western rock & blues musicians, nudes and allegorical images.
"I can't help but think analytically when using u.v.reactive materials as the process is tricky; e.g.using white paint to appear as black under u.v. light; and develop the painting as I go; brushwork is almost second nature; but the theme is my real palette, like bridging the old and modern day heroes using musical and visual allusions in an alternative light. It's almost like exploring the dark side of the moon.
Truth is hard to perceive in the blinding day-to-day life and light. Beneath the prismatic chaos reside the ultra-violet rays of rapture for things unseen." - edd aragon
Opening 5 pm, Saturday, April 12, Banyuhay ni Heber Arts & Music Center, 170 Banlat Rd, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
A collection of Aragon's opinion editorial (op-ed) cartoons and caricatures published in The Sydney Morning Herald, including prints of his political cartoons currently in exhibition at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
"Newspaper culture is universal; artists and journalists working together but each in his own world and constantly aware of events and deadlines. My experience in Manila as newspaper cartoonist brought me confidence and tenacity to work in Australian newspapers since 1980. I've always injected the element of human form in my editorial drawings; and enjoy using manual airbrush to draw, scanned and brought to a paint program and rebirthed." - ea
Opening 6 pm, Saturday, April 19, Maestro, Masterpiece Art Depot, 2nd flr. rm 207, Seneca Bldg,1152 E.Rodriguez Ave, Quezon City, tel (+632) 396 5488