Philippine Daily Inquirer / 03:09 AM August 19, 2013
VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery and Earth Day Network Philippines Inc., with Museo Maritimo and City Government of Malabon, are mounting the painting exhibit, “Kung sa Tambobong,” featuring works by artist Ernie Patricio, at VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery.
The traveling exhibit features Patricio’s watercolor paintings, found objects and installations depicting life around rivers and seas.
“The artist of these inquisitive works, having survived decades as an OFW and having battled stage 3 cancer, continues to portray our society’s current situation,” says curator Avie Felix.
In the artist’s words: “It’s ironic. The river that used to sustain human life for years can easily be forgotten by man. He doesn’t care if it dies or pollutes the sea, for as long as it’s useful for him, he will exploit it.”
Patricio is a veteran artist who has won a number of awards and exhibited in local and international venues since the 1960s. He is a member of several art groups such as the Agos Kulay Watercolor Society, Saturday Group, Tuesday Group, Sining Marikina, Bikol Artists and Malabon Artists’ Group.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Reforestation Project of Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. in Tagkawayan, Quezon, which aims to contribute to the restoration and conservation of watersheds.
The show will travel to different art and public spaces until the end of the year. It will be on view at Museo Maritimo in September and the Malabon City Hall in November.
VMeme Contemporary Art Gallery is at 2/F, CK Bldg., 61 Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. Call 9750052, 9645951; visit www.vmemecontemporary.com.