ANC’s Cityscape visits Lopez Museum for its current exhibition “Beat”.
Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez with the artistic direction by Claro Ramirez Jr., Beat explores the wordplay that comes with the summoning of dual meanings. It can be interpreted as defeat or surrender, as shown in Danilo Dalena’s Talo, Jerry Elizalde Navarro’s Flying Machine for Icarus, or La Barca de Aqueronte by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. It can also indicate rhythm and movement as revealed in Juvenal Sanso’s Carnival, La Fete, Mardi Gras, and Joyride or through Pacita Abad’s Recluse.
Two contemporary artists are featured in the Exhibit — Nikki Luna and Ernest Cocepcion. Luna’s installation Precious and Fertile is inspired by her concern for the farmers of Hacienda Luisita and the various issues of the indigenous people in their ancestral lands. For the installation, she hung a number of bone china pipes in different attitudes atop soil poured on the floor. Along with these elements, a portion of a documentary about the Hacienda Luisita is projected over the bone china installation. For the “Azucera” installation, she took sugar –the main harvest of the farmers in the hacienda –and mixed this into resin to shape these into diamonds to suggest the value of sugar as produce among farmers.
New York-based Concepcion’s Hidalgo, the super multi-dimensional time bandit features the caricatured head of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo surrounded by artifacts of war and destruction. Concepcion’s drawings spill out unto other parts of the museum including the main hallway and unto walls upon which hang objects from the permanent collection of the museum.
The exhibit will run until October 2012. The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, except holidays, 8am-5pm. For more information, call 631-2417.