Anyone in the Hong Kong area? If you are, please check out a show I’m in that opens in a few weeks and let me know how it looks :). I can’t make it out there due to budget constraints but it would have been awesome of course! I’m in good company: lots of colleagues and artist friends that I met last summer while in Manila for the Galleon Trade show, as well as several Fil-Am artists I’m super close to here in SF: Mike Arcega, Jenifer Wofford, and Gina Osterloh. Rockin’ it Filipino style!

Here’s the deets:

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FUTURAMANILA

“— Broken bones of concrete & metal, wreckage of wires & lives,
heretic radio frequency, astral chants, distress signals, graveyards
of decrepit Taiwanese buses, interminable lines for non-potable water
& mysterious canned meat. This moment is saturated in strange music,
like the sound of falling satellites. A vague notion of the sea & its
varying permutations of violence. ”

-Lourd De Veyra, “The Pancreas Is Deceitful Above All
Things (20 Fragments for The Apocalypse)”

FUTURAMANILA is a group exhibition comprised of 23
contemporary Filipino artists brought together by an association
created through artist-run spaces and exchange residency programs and
who practice both in the Philippines and abroad. These artists who
exhibit their works locally and internationally all possess a mutual
connection with the collective Filipino identity. Along with this,
their cross-cultural relations reinforce the core of the exhibit,
providing a discussion drawn from various creative viewpoints.

Offering a comprehensive spectrum of ideas, the exhibit
allows the envisioning of the Philippines’ past, present and imminent
future. Since the colonial eras up to the 21st century, the country
has harbored the intricacies of a people and time, grounded on a
foundation of survival, adaptability and ironic preservation.

Taking inspiration from the capital of the Philippines,
FUTURAMANILA paints a picture of the developing Third World urban
society, a manifestation of the double-edged sword of globalization
and the changes the country goes through to accommodate these effects
vis-à-vis society and the media, as well as a simple contextualization
through everyday human interaction. With the many aspects that affect
the Filipino people who reside both locally and abroad, there is a
shared yearning to discern and shed light on the struggles in which
the country, as a whole and as individuals, is immersed in.

The exhibit gathers a myriad of perspectives that have
absorbed facets of their corresponding surroundings. Indirectly
exploited through artistic ventures, they involve themselves with
distinct and sundry issues, whether drawing from a social or personal
situation. They tackle reconnections, displacement, retrospection of
cultural origins, as well as the contemplation on the need to step
away and break free of the tangled trappings of the country, its
traditions, societal pressures and norms. It is an ironic culmination
that ultimately leads to the speculation of how the future may unfold,
but more significantly, also reveals the stark reality of the
country’s cryptic and sinuous present.

Opening on the 5th of September at the Osage Gallery in
Kwun Tong, FUTURAMANILA also brings forth the contemporary Filipino
music scene, the popular and innovative spoken-word, 8-man jazz band,
Radioactive Sago Project. On this night, music and art will echo each
other, displaying how Filipino creativity is spun and manifested in
different artistic ways. Radioactive Sago Project is slated to do an
additional performance in Osage Soho the following night, on 6th of
September at 8 pm. A roundtable discussion, Proposing Zero Hour,
moderated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez, will also be held on the 5th of
September with speakers Yason Banal, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Alvin Zafra,
Bea Camacho, Gina Osterloh (via webcam from the United States), Ronald
Achacoso, and John Batten.

Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez is a respected writer and curator and is
presently a curatorial consultant at the Lopez Memorial Museum in the
Philippines. Focusing on how intra- and cross-cultural exchange plays
integral roles in the spheres of art scholarship and curatorial
practice, she frequently publishes essays and articles on Philippine
and Asian contemporary art in various magazines and publications.

John Batten comments, broadcasts and writes on art, culture, heritage
and policy issues for Hong Kong newspapers and overseas magazines and
regularly writes art reviews for the South China Morning Post. He has
run his own gallery since 1997 and has been a regular visitor to the
Philippines and its art scene since the early 1990s.

About Osage Gallery
Osage is an international gallery group with exhibition spaces in Hong
Kong, Beijing, Singapore and Shanghai. Osage represents some of the
most outstanding artists in Asia and works closely with a variety of
internationally respected curators, critics and art historians to
present and promote exhibitions that address fundamental global
issues.

For more details, please visit www.osagegallery.com

Exhibiting Artists:
Mike Arcega, Felix Bacolor, Victor Balanon, Yason Banal, Bea Camacho,
Mariano Ching, Louie Cordero, Jed Escueta, Nona Garcia, Robert Gutierrez,
Jordin Isip, Romeo Lee, Cocoy Lumbao, Kaloy Olavides, Gina Osterloh,
Gary-Ross Pastrana, Stanley Ruiz, Kreskin Sugay, Stephanie Syjuco,
Maria Taniguchi, Mac Valdezco, Jenifer K. Wofford, and Alvin Zafra

Venue: Osage Kwun Tong
Address: 5/F, Kian Dai Industrial Building, 73-75 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon

Exhibition Opens: 5 September 2008 till 6 October 2008
Roundtable discussion: 5 September 2008 (Friday) 4 pm – 6 pm
Opening Reception: 5 September 2008 (Friday) 6 pm – 8 pm

Band performance by Radioactive Sago Project:
5 September 2008 (Friday) at 8 pm
6 September 2008 (Saturday) at 8 pm at Osage Soho

(Osage Soho: 45 Caine Road, L/G Shop 1, Corner Old Bailey Street,
Soho, Central, Hong Kong)
Tel:2793 4817

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