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Concurrence at West Gallery

Well, this is my first writing project of the year (outside of the 2013 backlogs). Aside from that, this is also a first for me to create an exhibition note for a gallery exhibition. Thanks to Leslie de Chavez for providing this great learning moment. It was fun working with him and meeting a number of new people I get to have art conversations with.

The exhibition note reads as follows:

Concurrence deals with multiplicity occurring simultaneously, transcending the limits of space and time. Emerging artists create their individual art projects in the construction of their identities, but at the same time are obliged to belong in the art world. They are necessitated to participate in exhibitions, markets, grants, awards, critiques, and writings. Increased mobility, real or virtual, creates a palette for requisite collaborative projects, as artists move together in shared experiences of a global society.

The exhibit provides a glimpse of the artist’s divergent concerns. Their shared experiences happen simultaneously, coming together despite the differences in medium, content, location, and ideals. Concerns in contemporary art, institutional and otherwise, are also reflected in the works. The artists, while working together, contemporaneously enhance and stimulate each other in their practice. The initiative in engaging complexities in art production provides a template for growth and development, building towards a sustainable contemporary art world.

Concurrence witnesses various narratives of cultures reflected and transformed by art. The projects range from personal, social, political, historical, and conceptual–yet each project comes together as a statement for contemporary Asian art. As an individual, an artist may deal with specific concepts of dreams and ideals, everyday lifestyle, socio-political critiques, and decay and decomposition; yet such individuality is transformed into a shared concern through multi-faceted connections. Individual art projects are transcribed into a unified goal, formed together in a meeting of intentions. Concurrence prevails even as it is subservient to diverging goals and recalcitrant to various powers. 

**The exhibit is a collaborative project by Paul Eric Roca, Amer Mira, Guinnevere Decena, Ritesh Ajmeri, Zelin Seah, Christopher Zamora, Roedil Geraldo, Shinji Ryu, Iqro’ Ahmad Ibrahim, Jayeon Kwon, Ranelle Rain, Tristam Miravalles, Che Jinsuk, An Gyungsu, Nugroho Heri Cahyono, Chong Ai Lei, Hee K. Bae, Leslie de Chavez, Se-Eun An, and Iggy Rodriguez. It is a multi-disciplinal exhibition of young, emerging artists from the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, India and Malaysia. It features diverse forms of contemporary artworks including drawings, paintings, inter-media, video installations and sculptures. The exhibition will be held at West Gallery from January 9 until February 9. Opening reception will be on January 9, 6:00 pm.

Here are some of the snapshots from the opening:

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Chong Ai Lei's One Afternoon (2013) reminds me of my life sometimes, right beside a laptop.

Chong Ai Lei’s One Afternoon (2013) reminds me of my life sometimes, right beside a laptop.

Openings wouldn’t really be as fun without friends to share the moment with.

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And the best way to end an evening like this is with a cup of coffee. And maybe a selfie.

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One thing that I have learned so far is that you have to show up for your kid. She is not even 20 months old, yet she can stay on stage and perform with her peers without fear. She basically didn't need us to be up there with her. She only needed us to be there for her. That's the gist of it for the most part. We need to be there for her. I doubt she'll remember the expensive clothes, shoes, toys, and what have you. Of course, meeting basic needs is basic. I will not be the 'I am better than you' kind of parent. Most people struggle financially when they become parents, we are no exception. There are compromises, choices, and sacrifices that parents have to make in the name of parenthood. I know and feel the loss of this personally. But it doesn't change the fact that aside from her basic human needs--food, water, clothing, and shelter... What she really needs are her parents. To cuddle with, to play with, to hold her when she cries, to watch her perform, to sit with her as she throws a tantrum, to accompany her as she digs in the sandbox. She needs us to show up. I am trying my hardest to show up and be there. I know that these moments will be gone in a blink of an eye. As sad as I am for some things that are lost, for some things that will never be the same... I am happy that I did not miss this. #toddlerplay #toddlernarratives
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It was her second on-stage performance and my second attempt at costume making. Lol. Though technically, I just tried to Christmas-fy her dress that kinda has a tutu fabric skirt. Lol. Vest is nowhere in sight as she screams bloody murder whenever I try to put it on. I'm her Mommy so I'm allowed to say she's absolutely adorable. And she loves performing as well! Tiring day. #toddlernarratives #toddlerchristmas
Pasko sa eskwela. #toddlernarratives #toddlerchristmas
And so the sem ends. Sort of. With loads of new stories. I will try to tell some of them, eventually. My heart learned a lot.
Masarap nga kaya ang gatas at kamatis? Lol. Enjoy talaga siya sa buffet breakfast. Pancakes, rice and egg, watermelon, grapes, tomatoes, milk, and cereal. Solb na solb na eh. #anniversary #staycation
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