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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Friday, February 29, 2008

entry arrow12:29 AM | Never Fully Disclosed

Today, February 29, a loose group of Dumaguete-based young artists—which includes Mark Valenzuela, Razceljan Salvarita, Amihan Jumalon, Donnie Luis Calseña, Uno, Jana Jumalon-Alano, Hemrod Duran, and Is Jumalon, all of whom are acclaimed locally and regionally for the sheer ambition of their art—will be launching an exhibit of new works in a show titled Never Fully Disclosed. The exhibit, housed at the Foyer Gallery of the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, is curated by Mr. Valenzuela, and aims, foremost, to provide a venue for local young artists to showcase their works, as well as to encourage student artists in Silliman University to explore their talents, to contribute to the advancement of the arts and culture of Dumaguete City, and to celebrate February as the National Arts Month. Bendix Fernandez writes of the exhibit’s purpose: “All works of art are fossils of something already long gone. A terracotta sculpture is the carapace of a creature that once moved under the thoughtful hands of its creator. A painting—skin that used to be stretched taut against the flesh of some restless, growling animal. Poems—wings now trapped in amber. We must see these objects only as remnants of entities that once came alive in the mind of an artist before they took on their final shape. We have sowed these fossils into the ground and invite you to unearth them. Though they will never fully completely disclose what they once were when we cavorted with them, took them to our beds at night, and woke up with them—they remain a powerful fragment of something that lived and breathed ad held us in their thrall. Perhaps, they shall come alive for you too.”

The art exhibit opens today at 5:30 in the afternoon and is part of the current cultural season sponsored by the Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee. The exhibit runs until March 15. The Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium Foyer Gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For inquiries, please call/contact Gang-gang at (035) 422-6002 loc. 520.

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