Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Aze Ong: I am living with monsters

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)
Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition
Two weeks of staying at home except for attending mass on Sundays, I've come out of hibernation to pay my quarterly tax and see two exhibits. Last Sunday, Padre Pio's heart arrived in Davao City for a four-day visit. From the airport, it was transported to ADDU Matina for the first mass and public veneration. In the evening, there was a procession to San Pedro Cathedral.

After lunch yesterday, I started for the church, but the line ended about 50 meters from the main gate. It was 1PM, the sun was scorching directly up and the line was not moving so I decided to come back later. At 3PM, the line reached farther down the street, although this time we were shaded by the buildings, dark clouds were covering the sun, there was a cool breeze, and the line was moving faster.

Lines at San Pedro Cathedral
Then I went straight to Aze Ong's thread art exhibit at Art Portal Gallery, where a friend of mine also works as a curator. I only intended to stay for 30 minutes, but I have not seen and talked to my friend for eight months, so... Then finally it poured after several days (maybe weeks) of false hopes. Yay!

For those who want to visit, the exhibit will run until November 10, 2018 at:
Art Portal Gallery for Contemporary Art,
Paseo de Legaspi, 115 P. Pelayo St., Davao City


This is a short description about the artist and the exhibit:
What kinds of monsters are you living with?
Manila-based visual and performance artist Aze Ong contends with monsters in homes and in the artworld in her upcoming exhibition I AM LIVING WITH MONSTERS in Davao's Art Portal, Gallery for Contemporary Art from October 12 – November 10, 2018.
Known for her installative crocheted works, Aze Ong uses fiber as medium in creating amorphous shapes to meditate on the discomfort of dwelling in limited spaces, the lack of privacy, and the chaotic soundscape of urban dwelling, as well as issue a proposition in an artworld that has long consigned the practice of crocheting and the use of fiber as feminized domestic labor.
The exhibition is curated by Laya Boquiren.
Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

Aze Ong: I Am Living With Monsters exhibition (photo: nephithyrion)

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