Judo-CHOP!suey. Here's another show that I'll be participating at SF in north beach during most of October. It's another filipino group show featuring many of the same artists from the Now Is It show in Oakland. The curator, Paolo Mejia who happens to be an alumni from CSUEB also owns the gallery that we'll be showing in.
The statement for the show, Chop-Sueyed: Against All Odds is to
exhibit the current socio-political status of where Filipinos, Filipino-Americans and Filipino-descent see themselves in the diaspora of the US and their homeland of the Philippines. The individual artistic interpretations of each exhibit will give glimpse of an unnoticed and taciturned culture. It is the artists' perspective to elicit and provoke some sensibility of understanding to the viewers about a culture long shadowed by more prominent cultures.
I've been working on a new series for the show and hopefully it gets in. There will still be a selection process due to the number of artists participating. The working series is called Tahimik. In Tagalog it means quiet, however I'm not sure if it's used abrasively or passively.
According to my dear friend it can be used as a command to be quiet or used as an adjective.
Tahimik is a working series about identity, heritage, and assimilation. So I guess you can say it falls under my Fourfold series, tabbed under assimilation. It is a collection of mixed media portraits portraying young filipino americans being silenced. Tahimik doesn't have to be specifically about filipino americans, it can reach a further audience than that. Just losing the ability to speak or feeling shameful for speaking caused by a greater/dominant force is what I want this series to ultimately convey. That's all I'd like to say about that for now. I'll bring it up again when I've made a 100+ of these. 97 more to go!
Other than that, I've got a couple works on filipino war veterans that I'm trying to push as well. I have more of a connection with Tahimik, so I'm hoping those will get in the show. Anywho, I need to get back to making that goal of 100. All the show dates and things are on the e-flyer pictured above, but here they are anyway.
Show runs: October 2nd-23rd
Reception: October 2nd, 6-9pm
Location: Paolo Mejia Art Gallery & Design Studio
1317 Grant Ave. San Francisco, CA