A Reading of Brightness, Dark Clouds Surrounding, an exhibition by Yason Banal, forms the final part of End Frame Video Art Project 3, the 2011-2013 video art festival featuring solo exhibitions of Philippine artists presenting new video work. Presented by the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Visual Pond, the exhibition opened at CCP’s Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) and Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery) on 15 February 2013.
A Reading of Brightness, Dark Clouds Surrounding in part takes inspiration from the former Senate Hall at the National Museum, the Claudio Bravo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, and the Thirteen Artists Awards at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The exhibit reflexively ties this in with the recent boom in Philippine contemporary art and how such a renaissance is somehow linked to institutions, patronage and cultural heritage, as much as lifestyle, identity, and notions of value, power and taste.
The work of Yason Banal moves between installation, photography, video, performance, text, curating and pedagogy, taking myriad forms and conceptual strategies in order to explore, perhaps even trigger, suppressed associations and links. He has been exhibited locally and internationally, including the Tate, Frieze Art Fair, IFA Berlin, The Courtauld, Sotheby’s, Guangzhou Triennale, Singapore Biennale and most recently at The Queens Museum of Art, Shanghai Biennale and www.artworld.biz.
The banner project of Visual Pond, End Frame 3 is curated by Clarissa Chikiamco. The theme of the third edition, Present, refers to the project’s focus on the current video art practices of selected Philippine contemporary artists. Other artists who have presented for End Frame 3 are Tad Ermitaño, Manny Montelibano, Claro Ramirez, Kiri Dalena, Kaloy Olavides and Maria Taniguchi.
A Reading of Brightness, Dark Clouds Surrounding has patronage from House Speaker Hon. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Congressman Sonny Angara, Honorary Consul Amelia Ablaza and Canon Philippines with special thanks to Geiser-Maclang, Josiah’s Catering and FlyAce Corporation.
The exhibition had an artist and curator talk on March 15. The exhibition runs until April 12, with gallery viewing hours from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00am to 6:00pm.
For more information, visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph or call the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at (+632) 8321125 local 1504 and 1505, or (+632) 8323702.