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HANDMADE: Josephine Turalba

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Click. Tag. Share, 2015

HANDMADE features “Click. Tag. Share” by Josephine Turalba. Inspired from her travels to the non-West, she uses leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory.

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Out of Echoes, 2013

Josephine Turalba, born in Manila, Philippines is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice incorporates intersecting layers of different media: performance, sculpture, video, sound, photography. She holds an MFA, New Media from Transart Institute NY and Donau Universität Krems Austria and recently served as Dean at the School of Fine Arts and Design at the Philippine Women’s University (2012-2015).

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Ecdysis, 2010

Her works are in the collections of the Yuchengco Museum Manila, Philippines; Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines; Omer M. Koc Collection, Istanbul, Turkey & London, UK; Francis J. Greenburger Collection, NY, USA. They have been exhibited in 2015 at the European Cultural Center (concurrent with the 56th Venice Biennale) and Hofburg Innsbruck, Austria; in 2014 at Arter Space Istanbul, Turkey, Simultan Festival #10, Romania, and Yuchengco Museum, Manila; in 2013 at JOGJA International Mini Print Festival, Indonesia, VII Tashkent Biennale of Contemporary Art, Uzbekistan, 2nd Kathmandu Intl Arts Festival, Nepal, and 2nd Izmir International Biennal, Turkey; in 2012 at Santorini Biennale, Greece; La Cinematheque Francaise, École des Beaux-Arts Paris, France; Werkstatt der Kulturen Berlin, Germany; M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, and The Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; in 2011 at South Hill Bracknel, UK, and Kunst-im-Tunnel Düsseldorf Germany, and Yuchengco Museum Manila; in 2010 at 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt; in 2009 at Malta Contemporary Art Center; at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2007 and 2009; at the Lopez Museum, Manila in 2013, 2007 and 1992; and at the Ayala Museum Manila in 2013.

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Epona, 2013

Josephine Turalba’s works reflect on the politics of violence and dynamics of infliction and trauma, depicting spaces where empathy translates into healing. She negotiates influences from different cultures – foreign influences on Philippine culture and vice-versa, taking on an investigative approach to place and time (in history and the present), in relationship to a sense of self; using the female body as a ‘site’ of/on/around/for her sculptural pieces to speak of history and speak to different spaces in society. For the past six years, she has performed urban interventions in her sculptural bullet armour in different cities around the world investigating how histories of trauma define one’s identity through engagement with communities in marginal and liminal spaces.

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SMS Double Barrel, 2013

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SMS Double Barrel, 2013

To see more of Josephine Turalba’s work, go to her website at www.josephineturalba.com.

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HANDMADE: Carmel Lim-Torres

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Unapologetically Soft, 2008

Carmel Lim-Torres, Josephine Turalba, and I are gearing up for our Artists’ Talk and Finissage of our HANDMADE exhibition at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) on the 15th of October. Before our show ends on the 18th, I want to talk about the individual artists in the exhibit, so you can see a glimpse of their body of work.

Carmel, Steph, Josephine. We are all women sculptors and educators. We met at graduate school while working on our Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. For some reason or another, none of us completed the program at that institution—Jing finished hers in Austria, Carmel pursued other studies, and I focused on my Spanish projects—but we kept in touch and our friendship grew through the years. Last year, we decided to finally have a show together.

HANDMADE: Carmel Lim-Torres

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Unapologetically Soft: Big Green, 2008

From her bio:

“Sculptor, teacher, and mountaineer, Carmel Lim-Torres explores the limits of ceramics and other materials to express the limitless expanse of the natural world. Lim-Torres draws inspiration from her adventures as a mountaineer who witnessed the peaks of Mt. Apo, Mt. Iraya, Mt. Amuyao, Mt. Batur and Mt. Kilimanjaro, to create her multimedia installations. Wanting to share the peace and tranquility with those around her, she decided to marry the natural lines of nature with the rigidity of ceramics and wood. “I wanted to capture the fluid lines and forms onto permanent materials; the momentary made still” Lim explains. “I love texture and am drawn into the details of leaves, trees, beauty….”

Lim-Torres has a Fine Arts Sculpture degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Buffalo. She currently teaches Visual Arts at the International School Manila. She has now settled in Manila with husband Robert (Bojo) Torres.”

To see more of Carmel’s work, you may get in touch with her via email at carmel_lim@yahoo.com.

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Hope, 2015

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Hope, 2015

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HANDMADE Finissage

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HANDMADE Finissage
15 October 2015
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)

Artists’ Talk 4pm
Cocktails 6pm

For their exhibition finissage, the artists of HANDMADE will have a special artist talk and closing cocktails on 15 October 2015. It will begin with an introduction by exhibit curator Leo Abaya, which will be followed by the artist talks of Josephine Turalba, Steph Palallos, and Carmel Lim-Torres.

In their exhibit, Palallos, Lim-Torres, and Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ embroidery applied to paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril.

Handmade is on view until 18 October 2015. Viewing hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. The exhibition is supported by Active Group Incorporated, Pepi Cubano, Tacos Chingones, and Delbros Group. Photo is courtesy of Giovanni D. Co.

For more information, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com or visit http://www.culturalcenter.gov.ph

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Made by Hand

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“The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach shuns aesthetic perfection as a reaction to the omnipresence of technology in everyday life, including art production. 

In this exhibition, Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art foregrounding the handmade. They express personal experience rather than a collective social message. Consider leatherwork as a means to re-imagine views from place memory, or sewing to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or cutwork applied to paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril.

PEEL

Palallos expresses the vulnerability of the human body by sewing vestments that may be very difficult if not impossible to wear. Made of transparent fabric, her garments avoid the idea of clothing as an object to cloak nakedness, as a means to define form, or a medium to express desire.  Her construction overturn aspects of functionality and fashion in favor of revealing a real but invisible illness that is part of her quotidian identity. The symbolic clothes, all thirty-one of them, one for each day of the month, uncover afflictions that many of us do not want to know let alone see in bodies, including our own.”

(Excerpt from “Made by Hand” by Leo Abaya, Curator)

HANDMADE
Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, Josephine Turalba
16 September – 18 October 2015
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Curated by Leo Abaya

Viewing hours: 10AM – 6PM
Tuesdays to Sundays

(Photo: detail of “Peel,” Installation by Steph Palallos)

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Exhibition: “Handmade” at the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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Exhibition: Handmade

Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, Josephine Turalba
16 September – 18 October 2015
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
Cultural Center of the Philippines

Curated by Leo Abaya

Viewing hours: 10AM – 6PM
Tuesdays to Sundays

Artists’ Talk, October 15, 4PM
Finissage, October 15, 6PM

Handmade is a group show comprised of works by Carmel Lim-Torres, Steph Palallos, and Josephine Turalba. Lim-Torres invites the audience to use pieces of her artwork as symbols of hope. Palallos focuses on how an invisible illness becomes part of one’s quotidian identity. Turalba explores the use of cut-outs to contemplate on her recent experiences of places as transient spaces.

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Magnetic Meow Bookmarks are now available! ;-)

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Happy September! My magnetic MEOW bookmarks are now available for only P120. For every bookmark sold, I will donate P20 to either CARA Philippines or PAWS. Yay! For more information please go to my website http://www.stephpalallos.com and drop me a line or send a message to magicpoppet@gmail.com. Thank you! Have a great week ahead! ❤️💗❤️

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Boy from the tropics: a winter champ

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This is Michael Christian Martinez, the lone representative of the Philippines to the Sochi Winter Olympics. Last night he performed his heart out and qualified to skate during the Men’s Freestyle Finals today, Friday. His story is one for the books: he overcame his childhood asthma by getting into figure ice skating. There are only 3 ice skating rinks in this country, all of which are found inside a chain of malls. The right people saw his potential and encouraged his mom to send him to the US to hone his craft there. The mom agreed and said that she would rather spend their money on his training than on his medical bills. He qualified to join the Olympics without the help of the Philippine Government. His family pooled some money to send him to Sochi: they mortgaged their home and got some funding from the chain of malls where the ice skating rinks are. We did not know of his existence until about three weeks ago. He quietly and steadily worked his way to the top without noise and fanfare. And now he’s in the top 24. In the world!

Cliché as this may sound, win or lose, this 17 year old is already a champ. A special shout out goes to his family, especially his mom. This is the kind of love that I would like to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations, Michael! Shine bright tonight!

http://www.mb.com.ph/michael-christian-martinez-qualifies-for-finals/

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Third

Twister's 3rd year

Twister’s 3rd year

Happy 3rd “Founding Day” to my one and only grumpy darling, Twister! He’s my “first born”, my original lucky cat, the one who transformed me into a Cat Mama, who inspired me to make pet portraits, Meow shirts, and help other felines like him. You are purrrfect to me, Mr. Sungit! Purrrrr on!!!

 

 

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Wednesday on a Wednesday: thank you

Oh, hello, gorgeous!

Oh, hello, gorgeous!

 

Lest I forget– here’s the Lady Wednesday. She was the first one to comfort me, as usual.

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Twisted Tuesdays: beautiful lines

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Last week I said Twister was the one who started it all, the one who put me on my path to Cat Ladyhood. 🙂 I became a cat mama because of him, and he got me started on drawing felines. While I was working on my lesson plans yesterday, I looked up and saw him sitting like this. He was facing the wall across the room, but he turned his head to look at the chirping birds outside the window. He stayed in that pose in a while. No wonder artists like to have cats as their fur companions. They are fascinating, mysterious creatures! And look at those lines! Twister’s form was incredible—the shape of his body, the angles. Such a gorgeous creature. He’s always been my favorite to draw, not only because he’s beautiful, but he’s a willing subject as well. Let’s fill my journal, shall we, Twister? 🙂

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