vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., in cooperation with Museo Maritimo and City Government of Malabon, unveil the first installment of KUNG SA TAMBOBONG exhibit featuring works by artist Ernie Patricio on August 5, 7:00 in the evening at vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery 2nd Floor CK Building No. 61 Visayas Avenue Quezon City.

A part of climate change awareness campaign through the arts, this traveling exhibit features Ernie Patricio’s watercolor paintings, found objects and installations depicting life around rivers and seas. The show is aimed to present the apparent threats of climate change as seen in Malabon, the artist’s hometown. It is an inquisition and speculation of our actions affecting the environment and vice versa.

Involvement and intervention is the heart of Ernie Patricio’s works. They are based on and more often a willing involvement in issues that confront our everyday life. Throughout decades of praxis, topics such as poverty, diaspora, freedom and modernization were inquired upon in very sophisticated selection of colors and high level of technique in Patricio’s works. “The artist of these inquisitive works, having survived decades as an OFW and battled against stage 3 cancer, continues to portray not only our society’s current situation but also how/what it was to picture how/what it should be”, says curator Avie Felix.

In the artist’s words: “Kakatwa kung iisipin. Iyong ilog na bumuhay sa kanya ng maraming taon, kayang-kaya kalimutan ng tao. Wala siyang pakialam kung mamatay ito o makasira pa ng dagat, basta’t pakikinabangan niya lang.” (It’s ironic. The river that used to sustain human life for years can easily be forgotten by man. He doesn’t care if it dies or pollutes the sea, for as long as it’s useful for him (he would exploit it)).

Patricio is a veteran artist who has won a number of awards and exhibited in local and international venues since the 1960s. He is a member of several art groups such as the Agos Kulay Watercolor Society, Saturday Group, Tuesday Group, Sining Marikina, Bikol Artists and Malabon Artists’ Group, among others.

Kung Sa Tambobong is curated by Avie Felix. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Reforestation Project of Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. in Tagkawayan, Quezon, that aims to contribute in the restoration and conservation of the country’s watersheds. The show will travel to different art spaces and public spaces until the end of the year. It will be on view at Museo Maritimo for the month of September and Malabon City Hall for November. Other venues will be announced soon. For more information, call 975-0052 / 964-5951 or visit www.vmemecontemporary.com.


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