SMS: Pablo Baen Santos' Solo Show at The Crucible Gallery.
In the cell phone domain,
text messages are forced to look
abstract. To save on space, time and effort, the texter resorts to spelling
shortcuts or omitting words to shorten sentences. But these are done in the
best way as not to compromise the intended message. In Baen's
turf, a little bit of abstraction is intentional. It imposes the use of
metaphors, distortions and all sorts of friendly visual deceptions. To
mesmerize is more important than care for the exact meaning of his images.
There may even be a deliberate, sinister motive to hide true meanings from
the eyes of those who cannot accept the truth, as well as from the eyes of
those who have the power to cover truth. It gratifies the artist more to
excite the viewer who could find out the truth like a prize at the end of a
This is how the painter,
Pablo Baen Santos came out with SMS as a title for his show which is the
acronym for Short Messaging System. In the artist's sense, panting falls
under this order for a glance at images quickly returns a barrage of
suggestions. More literally speaking, Baen has speckled most of his recent
paintings with short, choppy inscriptions in the same breath that a gifted
child would compulsively do on house walls and artistic vandals, on public walls.
He is in search of more
waggish approaches to exposing social ills and protesting political abuses in
his art—after so long, when it might have become too tiring to vent nothing
but anger. He had been doing so since 1975, on his first exhibit of social realism. Art
with text permits him more color and child play on the canvas.
Baen's recent paintings
will be exhibited this coming August 11-23 at The Crucible Gallery, 4th
Floor, Megamall A, Mandaluyong. The painter, a Thirteen Artists awardee in
1990, was the founding chair of Kaisahan, the first formal group of
nationalist painters in the Philippines
, formed during the Marcos regime. The group came out boldly against martial
rule as well as against those who considered mixing politics with art as an
Mechanics for the 2009 Maningning Miclat Poetry Competition
CALL FOR ENTRIES TO THE 2009 MANINGNING MICLAT POETRY COMPETITION
The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation is calling on young poets aged 28 and below to submit their entry to the 2009 Maningning Miclat Trilingual Poetry Competition.
The Poetry Competition consists of 3 divisions - Filipino, English and Chinese. An entry must consist of at least eight (8) but not more than fifteen (15) poems. Authors may join all the divisions but can submit only one (1) entry in every division. All entries should be original in every language and not a translation of another entry.
All entries should be submitted in four (4) copies, double spaced on 81/2 x 11 inches bond paper with one inch margin on all sides and with ARIAL or TIMES NEW ROMAN size 12 font. Entry should be submitted with pen name only. Real name and pen name should be submitted in a separate sealed envelop together with a biodata, copy of birth certificate and a notarized declaration of originality and authenticity of authorship of the entry.
Entries must be addressed to the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation, Inc. (MMAFI), 2nd Floor Mile Long Building, Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City (Tel No. 816-7490 to 91) not later than 5:00 P.M. of April 15, 2009. Entries sent by mail should be postmarked/invoiced not later than April 1, 2009.
The Maningning Award, handed out yearly since 2003, honors China-born Maningning Miclat, a trilingual poet and writer, and a prize-winning visual artist. She won the Grand Prize in the non-representational category of the Art Association of the Philippines Art Competition in 1992. She celebrated her 28th birthday on April 15, 2000 by launching her trilingual book of poetry, "Voice from the Underworld" (Anvil Publishing, Inc., 2000). It is the first book of poetry in the world in Filipino, English and Chinese languages written solely by one author. Her life was cut short when she passed on in September of the same year.
The landmark book, which was chosen by the Manila Critics Circle as finalist in the 2000 National Book Awards, includes Maningning's poems in Chinese. She was one of the world's Top 39 women poets writing in Chinese. Some of the poems were anthologized in a book published in 1995 during the International Women's Year held in Beijing.
The Maningning Miclat Art Foundation was founded in 2001 to continue the artist/ poet's legacy, encourage creativity, and support and award young outstanding poets and artists. Poetry competitions in Filipino, English and Chinese languages are held during odd numbered years while Painting competitions are held during even numbered years.
Maningning Miclat was co-author, if posthumously, of the book, Beyond the Great Wall: A Family Journal, which won a 2006 National Book Award for biography. The Manila Critics Circle citation reads: "From 1971 to 1986, the Miclat family lived in the People's Republic of China and this gathering of essays from Mario, Alma, Banaue and the late Maningning Miclat flow together in a majestic yet personal recollection of a time and place between times and places. Beyond the Great Wall signifies the act of celebration through memory, and moving on through returning."
Grand winners in the 3 divisions of the Poetry Competition will each receive P28,000.00 together with a Julie Lluch trophy and the special collector's edition of the books "Voice from the Underworld," "Beauty for Ashes: Remembering Maningning," and "Beyond the Great Wall."
For more information on the 2009 Maningning Miclat Art Competition, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Log on to www.maningning.com .
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