PABLO celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with a series of shows This August

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Cubao X, Quezon City – It makes sense that Pablo X,  a month-long series of shows celebrating the gallery’s tenth anniversary, will be held at Post Gallery. It is after all in Cubao X, the hub of art, music, and vintage finds, where Pablo was born.

Established in 2005, Pablo has been exhibiting works spanning a broad range of disciplines as gleaned from the diverse selection of artists participating in the show. All have had a solo show or joined exhibits at Pablo, be it at the Cubao, Makati, or the Fort galleries. A notable line-up exhibiting and performing artists will be featured from August 1 to September 19, 2015.

Kicking the celebration off is a series of collaborative graffiti art by Okto, Ekis, Drone & Exld Manila on Saturday, August 1. The anniversary’s Illustration exhibit will be curated by Saturnino Basilia (Dina Gadia & Allan Balisi) and will feature works by Wiji Lacsamana, Abi Goy, Liza Flores, Manix Abrera, Nelz Yumul,   Lala Gallardo-Samson, Epjey Pacheco, Bjorn Calleja, Beejay Esber, Eva Yu, Meneer Marcelo, Dex Fernandez, Ramon Bautista, Jun Sabayton, Camy & Patrick Cabral, and Julius Sebastian. The Urban Art and Illustration exhibit is from August 1 to 8, 2015.

The second part of the Pablo Ten anniversary show will open on August 15 and run until August 22, 2015. It will focus on Video Art, and will showcase the works of Ivan & Pauline Despi, Tad Ermitaño, Kaloy Olavides, Martha Atienza, Poklong Anading,  and Lena Cobangbang. The opening night will be highlighted by a special Selecter FM Session, curated by Caliph8 with performances by Pow Martinez & Kaloy Olavides (with Pastilan Dong), Malek Lopez & John Sobrepena, Roger Lopez & Richard Tuason.

The third Pablo Ten anniversary event will run from August 29 to September 5, 2015 featuring installation works by Jeona Zoleta. A Photography show opens on the same night, curated by David Griggs and showcasing the works of Mitch Mauricio, Jay Yao, EWWS, Jed Escueta, Brendan Goco, Paolo Ruiz, RA Rivera, and MM YU.

Pablo Ten will end its anniversary celebration with a Painting exhibit by Pow Martinez, Tin Garcia, Jigger Cruz, Jayson Oliveria, CRAJES, Zeus Bascon, Dina Gadia, Allan Balisi, Albert sy,  Romeo Lee, Ranelle Dial, Mike Crisostomo, Katwo Puertollano, Cos Zicarelli, Maria Cruz, Argie Bandoy, Mark Salvatus, Carina Santos, Auggie Fontanilla, and  Neil Arvin Javier

The exhibit opens on September 12 and will be up until September 26, 2015.

To stay updated on the shows, visit postpablo.wordpress.com and pablogalleries.com, or Pablo X’s Facebook event page.

For further inquiries and more information, contact Pablo at 63(920) 960.5690    or email fort@pablogalleries.com

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DOMestication opening at Post

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The Saturday of November 15 Post opened the exhibit DOMestication, an exhibit by Isobel Francisco, Tin Garcia and Eva Yu, about the psychology  the kink, fetish, neurosis and power play dynamics behind domestication. It is the first  time for the three artists to have an exhibit together yet their works all complemented each other.  They proceeded on doing a collaborative installation to ‘domesticate’ the gallery space.

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Tin Garcia made a series of paintings that pun on the ubiquitous yellow-bordered-wildlife magazine NatGeo, commenting in tongue-in-cheek on the practice of domesticating animals.

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Eva Yu’s delicate watercolors infer the practice of foot binding and the baroque intricacies of fashion and aestheticised vanity, being willing subjects to such torture for beauty, and the paradoxical conflict ensued by such. This is one of her first exhibits but she had been working on making her own drawings and designs for UVLA, a shop that is also located in Cubao X and which she manages with her mom.

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Isobel Francisco’s lush and vivid paintings portray the incongruity of intimacy and distance in relationships, with the bondage props actualizing such incongruity despite the bonds that tie both partners. She works as a copy writer, illustrator and graphic designer, but had been exhibiting actively since 2011.

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And now for paparazzi time –

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Fashion shots

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Animals, also most welcome in this show –

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The three artists will be doing a walk-through of their exhibit DOMestication on November 29 at 4PM. It will be a free-for all discussion about the theme of the show and their creative process. We hope to see you all here as well.

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DOMestication opens on November 15 at Post

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Revelations are the ultimate fetish item. Personal kinks become openly-traded commodities, aspirational statements positioning the ‘kinkee’ as part of some Other. Personality melts into self-branding. Consenting surrender becomes an act of aggressive promotion. Kneel, beg, bend, worship the lash, rack up the pageviews.

However: bondage doesn’t always have to be an outward assertion. For DOMestication, Isobel Francisco, Tin F. Garcia, and Eva Christine Yu create works that portray bondage as a private – or should we say domestic- affair. These ladies tackle pressing questions, such as: which is more constricting – a life under a dom, or a life of domesticity?  And is there even a distinction?

The result is three divergent voices unified by a singular theme. Isobel Francisco infuses her paintings with a sense of narrative tension. More than her knots and gimp masks, it’s the distance between bodies that suffocates. Tin F. Garcia presents a menagerie of animals, and the process twists what “domesticated” really means. These animals willfully surrender the inner beast to experience external pleasures. She also creates some meta-kink by showing a furry monkey IN a furry suit. And there is Eva Christine Yu, who renders amorphous layers of silken sexuality. In this series, she enlists horned androgynes to oversee the spurts of ink and watery phalluses.

– Inigo De Paula

 

Isobel Francisco:

“I illustrated the bondage theme in the emotional sense; they are bound to each other by invisible cords that minimize struggle but also minimizes the meaning in their relationship. It is consensual but distant, unfulfilling. My canvases depict two people that are both together (and connected to each other in some way, such as touch or presence) and yet distant. Some bondage props are minimally utilized to tie them with the exhibit theme and to “physically” manifest the bondage found in domestic relationships.”

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Tin F. Garcia:

“I wanted to show these animals engaging in games of domination and fetishism. I also used the term “domestication” in relation to animals being, well, domesticated. These creatures are being tamed, being made to submit to a series of unknowable gratifications. They are domesticating each other using tools normally used by humans.  In the process, I try to de-sexualize them and present them in a straightforward, somewhat detached, manner. I also took inspiration from nature magazines. By doing so, I was able to explore the desexualization of power, and strip bondage down to its rawest core.”

 

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Eva Christine Yu:

“Domesticity is self-inflicted, because of how one wants be perceived by others. The exterior can be tamed, but the restraint only livens the pent-up carnal creature within. These creatures must not escape, or they will leave grisly imprints on a deviant. The artworks reflect the confusion that beats up the inside. The contorted creatures come from the Chinese custom of foot binding. Despite the pain of the process, women still want to have their feet bound for beauty. So these pieces are part contortions, part lashings and scars. These are ugly things made to look pretty just to fit in the mold one created for oneself. Domestication is a self-inflicted illusion. The characters are literal representations of the carnal personas. Man both pacifies and fights the carnal nature at the same time, and causes conflict within. The tentacles and ink are elements of the constant  wrestle and stain that marks a subversive. The images are made to look like a confusion between fight and play.”

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Tin Garcia’s Homebodies Opening Night

Neither rain, nor traffic, nor Friday’s payday hang-over waylaid these well-wishers and the curious who have come to see the bondage -inspired works of Tin Garcia.

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The ice breaker and the weather comforter

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Tin Garcia and Isobel Francisco. These two are going to have a show at Post this November

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Tony Stark, is that you?

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Families and babies are welcome to see this very wholesome art show

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Transit Journal co-editor Zeny May Recidoro always on the go to see the latest exhibits.

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Gerry Tan with Sydney-based artist Juni Salvador who is slated to have a show at Pablo next year.

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Tin’s bandmates, The Wrath of Odette Khan.

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Pablo is biker friendly!

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Miko Sandejas and Canada-based artist Jay Ticar. They are also included in The Heist Conference, a show that recently opened at Nova Gallery.

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Tin with photobombing Kurt Gloria and Nikko Maravillas, who was once a solo indie pop act that recorded an ep under Documento Records as Down Boy Down.

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Mr. and Mrs. Olavides who came in from the rain

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Tin with Raymond Subido who fronts the industrial-electronica band X-9

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the gallerinas and gallerino in black : to hide the wine stains

Tin Garcia’s Homebodies Opens on August 2 Saturday at Pablo Fort

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The works in Homebodies, Tin Garcia’s latest collection of paintings and installations, take inspiration from the Book of Hours, a Christian devotional manual from the Middle Ages. The creators of these illuminated manuscripts added luxurious amounts of embellishments and iconography- the same details that can be found blossoming on Tin’s lavish canvases.

The Book of Hours advocated a rigid set of instructions for prayer and worship. Tin adapted this austere program for the creation of her works. For hours on end, she sat below her paintings, painstakingly embroidering each flower, each vine, and each cord. These thousands of stitches transformed the creative process into a form of artistic monasticism. But instead of praising the holy, Tin’s works revealed the delicious kinks of women in bondage.

Much like prayer, bondage can exist as a form of public theater. For some players, bondage unfolds along the peripheries of performance art, public exhibition- and even cosplay.

… and then, there are the individuals who see bondage as a private ritual, their deepest kinks more akin to a personal prayer than a bombastic sacrament. In this group of embroidered paintings, Tin unveils acts of bondage taking place behind doors. A lustrous ponygirl chomps on her bit while scrubbing the floor. An obedient maid takes loving punishment – perhaps for bungling a household chore?

These daily devotions take meaning from their seemingly banal context- after all, acts done in private, away from the gaze of vying peers, are often the most sincere. As it is with these women, so it is with the artist, bound to her creative process, realizing that the act of relinquishing freedom is in itself an assertion of power.

– Iñigo de Paula