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Talking Shop: Roberto Chabet on Aug 17 @ Lopez Museum

Talking Shop: Roberto Chabet on Aug 17 @ Lopez Museum

In conjunction with the series of exhibitions on and of Roberto Chabet here and abroad, art writer and editor Carina Evangelista will discuss on August 17 (Wednesday) 3pm at the Lopez Museum, how Chabet employs the random, the haphazard and the accidental in order to deploy codified visual indices of meaning.

A leading figure in Philippine contemporary art, key conceptual artist Chabet has been producing avant-garde works since the 1960’s which foreground idea over form. Also a curator, he has organized many exhibitions of contemporary art, mostly by artists who were his students at the University of The Philippines College of Fine Arts, where he taught for more than thirty years. Chabet has created and continues to create collages, constructions and deconstructions. In his works, he uses everyday objects in compositions that play on form and meaning.

Together with this talk is a panel discussion among former members of Shop 6, a loose organization of artists whose vanguard shows in the 70s were distinct for the predominant use of organic and industrial everyday objects. Discussants include photographer/cinematographer Nap Jamir, abstractionist Red Mansueto, installation artist turned craftswoman Yola Perez Johnson, and peformance-installation artist Alan Rivera; Lopez Memorial Museum Curator Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez will moderate this panel in cooperation with King Kong Art Projects Unlimited.

Lecture Fee is P120 for non-students and P100 for students. For more information, call Lopez Museum at 6312417, seats limited. ###


Carina Evangelista is an art professional with 20 years of experience as an art writer, editor, and curator both in the United States and in the Philippines. She is currently the Editor for the Chuck Close Catalogue Raisonné at Artifex Press in New York.

Born and educated in the Philippines, her career in the arts started with a year as Assistant Curator and Gallery Manager for Galleria Duemila in Manila, which was followed with stints in various nonprofit art organizations in New York such as Creative Time, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s, Sculpture Center, the Ise Art Foundation, and the American Museum of the Moving Image. Having held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Art, she has worked on more than 50 exhibitions of contemporary art and numerous publications.

A grant from the Asian Cultural Council allowed her to survey the contemporary art in Manila, Baguio, Negros, Iloilo, and Dumaguete in 2004 and 2005. She has subsequently been a regular writer on exhibitions held at alternative spaces, galleries, and museums in Manila. She was a contributing writer for Dime a Dozen, organized by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez at the Lopez Memorial Museum in 2007, and to the exhibition catalog for Bastards of Misrepresentation, a group exhibition featuring works by Philippine contemporary artists organized by Manuel Ocampo for the Freies Museum in Berlin in 2010.

This year, she began research on Roberto Chabet to prepare for her contribution to the planned monograph on the artist. She has written essays for two of Chabet’s exhibitions in the Chabet 50 series: Intermediate Geography held at Osage Art Foundation in Hong Kong and sitting standing lying walking at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts.