[Blueboard] UNWRAPPED

Ramon E.S. Lerma rlerma at admu.edu.ph
Thu Aug 30 12:54:25 PHT 2001

Dear Gallery Friends:

The new acquisitions of the Ateneo Art Gallery have just been unwrapped!

We invite all of you to come and view our latest trove of art gifts in an
exhibition that  features the works of Araceli Limcaco Dans, Fil Delacruz,
Luis Leon Lasa, Victoria Lobregat, Conrado Mercado and Susan Fetalvero-Roces. 

Dans's "Pasalubong ni Inay II" reveals the artist's meticulous penchant for
compositional rectitude.  Best known for her renditions of delicately
draped callado piña cloth in homely settings, the tension of form and
substance in her still-lifes allow her to cross over from the purely

It is a quality that is also shared by Susan Fetalvero-Roces's large
"Prayers I Say Everyday", a finalist in last year's Philippine Art Awards
sponsored by the Philip Morris Group of Companies. It consists of multiple
leaf patterns projecting a fresh vigor and symbolic resonance.  Gold and
silver appliqué matched to a series of stretched strings on canvas are just
some of the elements that make up the ordered universe of this local art
scene stalwart.

One of the country's leading exponents of graphic art, Fil Delacruz is
represented in the Gallery's Print & Drawing Room by three original fine
prints all dealing with the artist's exaltation of human figures and
idealized images drawn from the natural environment.  One is a mezzotint,
"Transmogrification", a Grand Prize Winner at the 1982 AAP Annual Art
Competition.  Another is a lithograph, "Dilim at Liwanag", an ethnic
evocation of the mother and child motif.  By far the most interesting, from
an educational point of view, are three final states of a mezzotint print,
"Logger's Haven", together with six preliminary copies showing subtly
different stages of its graphic development.  Also part of this set is a
charcoal study.   

A novel contribution to the Gallery's Print & Drawing Room is a group of 23
caricatures by the late Filipino-Spanish editorial artist Luis Leon Lasa,
whose highly stylized abstract figures were harnessed in often sardonic
sketches of Spain's social and political elite. There are also caricatures
of such celebrities of yesterday as India's Indira Gandhi, heavyweight
boxer Joe Louis, soprano Maria Callas, and movie stars Brigitte Bardot,
Rita Hayworth, Spencer Tracy, James Stewart and Marlon Brando.  Lasa's
works to be unveiled attest to the high regard he enjoyed in Madrid's art
circles and serve as foretaste of a homecoming show the Gallery is
organizing in December.

Similarly celebrated in her adoptive country, the Filipino-Australian
Victoria Lobregat foregrounds the hybrid tendencies of postmodernism. An
early work,  "Dalai Lama Wheel of Fortune", clues viewers into the
spiritual references redolent in her art.  They are strikingly apparent in
her wall-size "Cloud of Flowers (Variation)", a 32-piece, mixed-media
mosaic of ready-made objects with verbal texts. It forms half of a mural
Lobregat originally showed at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art in 1998
when she was selected to participate in its annual Primavera exhibit as one
of Australia's most significant young, contemporary artists. 

Sculptor Conrado Mercado makes his third appearance in the Gallery's
permanent collection through this year's acquisition of "Lahar", a
phantasmagoric table piece cast in bronze that reveals the pathos of lives
scarred by Mount Pinatubo's eruption in 1991. Its donor is Ateneo alumnus
Cesar Luis Bate.

The Ateneo Art Gallery is at the Ground Floor of the Rizal Library, Ateneo
de Manila University. Museum Hours: 8 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday; 8 am to
12 noon, Saturday. Closed Sundays and holidays.  For school and group
bookings for guided tours, please contact 426-6001, ext. 4160. 

Ramon E.S. Lerma
Assistant Curator		
Ateneo Art Gallery
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108 Philippines
Tel (632) 426-6001 loc. 4160
DL  (632) 426-6488

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