The Lopez Memorial Museum continues its explorations of the intersections of the colonial and recent past alongside contemporary issues with its current exhibition called Beat.
Curated by Eileen Legaspi-Ramirez and with artistic direction provided by Claro Ramirez Jr., Beat encourages the wordplay which comes with the summoning of dual meanings.
Beat registers as ultimate defeat and/or surrender, relational terms that could easily be associated with such pieces as Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s The Assassination of Governor General Bustamante, Ofelia or La derota de Limahong; Jeremias Navarro’s Flying Machine for Icarus, and, Danilo Dalena’s Talo. It may also indicate rhythm and movement as in the ribaldry of Juvenal Sanso’s Carnival, La Fete, Mardi gras, Joyride; or retreat as in Onib Olmedo’s The Prey orBar Scene, and Pacita Abad’s Recluse.
Beat also occasions the commissioning of new work from two contemporary artists – Nikki Luna and Ernest Concepcion. Luna has consistently shown a propensity toward realizing ironically stoic-toned installations while invoking intense emotions emanating from personal and collective trauma. While Concepcion, in these recent years of re-establishing his art practice in the East Coast of the United States has taken to staging performative art duels.