Events & Exhibits

Mythologies by Ivy Marie Apa

Who’s Afraid of I̶d̶e̶o̶l̶o̶g̶y̶ Tradition?

The father of deconstruction, Jacques Derrida, has once said that the language we use today is still indebted to the theological heritage of the Western tradition. This, of course, is a rephrasing of Derrida – albeit one that is unwittingly misread by many commentators. Contrary to popular readings of Derrida, deconstruction is an offshoot of the philosopher’s realization that we cannot simply throw metaphysics out of the window. Deconstruction is not a critique (a la Immanuel Kant’s). It is not a discursive strategy which denies meaning to a work but, rather, it is a tactic (a la Michel de Certeau’s) which uncovers innocent ostracisms in the use of language. To further qualify: deconstruction is a tactic that is devoid of emancipatory expectation. Deconstruction exhumes dead and marginalized utilities in language-use. It is, therefore, not a threat to tradition. Rather, deconstruction is a thing of beauty and, as such, it helps us realize that traditions are indeed alive in that they permeate our everyday contemporary lives. Deconstruction is consumption, so to say, not production. Philosophy is housekeeping, hence Derrida says. We perform the mundane task of housekeeping, a.k.a. Philosophy, today only to repeat the same task in the succeeding days. In other words, we are fallible and our theologies will always be part of the default features of our everyday lives whether we like it or not. Ivy Marie Apa’s oeuvre offers us a glimpse of this realization.

Ivy takes the cue of Roland Barthes’ Mythologies and rereads it as a work about tradition instead of ideology. Her work is a dialogue with Greco-Judeo-Christian tradition as it is iterated, or survived, rather, by the capitalist system and its critical interlocutors. This dialogue is not an indictment of the West’s follies and limitations, as in Friedrich Nietzsche’s work. Ivy’s rereading of Mythologies, rather, is an exhortation for trans-valuation, as in Nietzsche’s work.

Curator: Nomar Bayog Miano

CCAD Convocation of Scholars 2022 Livestream

Welcome, scholars, faculty, parents, and friends to this auspicious day as we celebrate our students’ academic and artistic triumphs in this year’s CCAD Convocation of Scholars 2022. ✊🏼✨

CCAD Releases Schedule of Convocation of Scholars 2022

The College of Communication, Art, and Design is proud to announce the schedule of its convocation of scholars tomorrow, November 9th, at the Performing Arts Hall and online.

The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m, and it will feature keynote speaker Mr. Adeste Deguilmo.

He took up painting studies at the University of the Philippines Cebu and became a student of Cebu’s foremost painter, Martino Abellana.

After obtaining his diploma in 1986, he was involved in Advertising Agency for six years as a visualizer. In 1993 he helped organize the art group Cebu Artists Inc. and later became the group’s president.

He entered the teaching profession in 1999 and was a member of the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of San Carlos until 2006. In 2000 he received a residency grant from the Federal Chancellery of the republic of Austria and stayed in Vienna, Austria for three months as a foreign artist in Residence. with the support of the Cebu Arts Council. As an output of his residency, he exhibited his works at the Kunstlerhaus in Vienna coupled with a homecoming exhibit in Cebu at the CAP Art Center

He also bagged two important awards in 1997 alone. First, he won the Gand Prize of the Letras y Figures, a national competition organized by Instituto de Cervantes in Manila. Second, he garnered the grand prize of the Land Bank of the Philippines Centennial mural painting contest.

In his prolific career as a professional artist, our distinguished guest speaker has mounted more than ten solo exhibitions and

numerous group shows. In 2010, he was awarded the 3rd prize for his work titled ”Flowers and Gardens” in the April-May issue of the International Artist Magazine. He was again featured in a major article in the same international art magazine in the August issue of 2018.

In addition, he won the Grand Prize in the Figurative Abstraction category organized by Kaalyado ng Sining, a National Painting Competition in 2012.

Furthermore, he was featured in a solo exhibition by Qube Gallery at the prestigious Art Central Hong Kong in March 2017.

UP Cebu Fine Arts Alumnus Launches Solo Exhibit

UP Cebu BFA in Industrial Design (2018) alum and UP High School lecturer Kenneth Gallardo opens his solo exhibit titled Eastern Celestials today at Neil Felipp Boutique, Cebu City.

“Kenneth Gallardo finds inspiration through life’s unexpected moments through experimentation of the humble coffee stain. As he explored through this medium, he fused watercolor and gold detail levating his work into something more than just the ordinary. One such detail can be seen through the paper planes as a symbol of dreams taking flight with every piece that he creates.

As his dreams take flight. he looks into the heavens and is reminded by the Chinese Zodiac of which he reimagined through this playful array of coffee, watercolour, and gold embellishments.”

Visit the exhibit every Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. The exhibition will run until November 4, 2022.

UP Cebu Creative Writing Program Launches Pundok Katitikan 2022

The first lecture on the series revolves around the concept of truth and power and the crucial role of fiction in the post-truth era.

Daryll Delgado, an award-winning author, and professor, will be the first guest lecturer of the said series.

Participants of the lecture are expected to express their creative ideas by honing their writing skills.

Text and photos by: Alyanna Nicole Lauzon, BA Communication I

Winners of the 46th Jose Joya National Artist Award and Exhibition

Congratulations to all the winners of the 46th Jose Joya National Artist Award and Exhibition of the University of the Philippines – Cebu’s Fine Arts students!

1st Place:
Riva Thea Ingente
“Asa Man Ta Kutob?”

2nd Place:
Emerson Emrys Sojor

3rd Place:
Marie Nelle Valmoria

Densen Almeda
“Sayaw, Maglalantaw”

Aljun Alvarez
“Pawn Sacrifice”

Jyaryd Caol-olan
“Fragile Flexibility”

Vincent Pepito
“Iya sa Katawhan”

Jether Serino

Beverly Catampo
“Baybayon 2”

Kirstein Ipon
“Waiting for Relief from Pain”

Congratulations, mga Artista ng Bayan!

Established in 1976 with the help of Jose T. Joya, the annual Jose Joya Awards is a testament to the late National Artist Jose T. Joya who, as Dean of the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman, played a major role in generating art and culture awareness among Cebuano students. Through the annual awards, UP Cebu Fine Arts students can showcase their works and creative prowess, and the winning student-artists are awarded cash prizes and medals for their achievements.

This year marks the 46th anniversary of the prestigious competition, providing a platform for young artists to use art as an avenue to shed light on societal issues and to continue the promotion of art and culture awareness within the locality of Cebu.

Research by:
Ghenesa Laguna Paulma, BFA Studio Arts III

Photos by:
Clifford Elisha C. Villaflores, BA Communication I
Annie Perez-Gallardo

Fine Arts Faculty Shares About Life and Death in Rites and Rituals Exhibit

In a society governed by norms and controlled by conventions, only a few are brave enough to talk about taboos.

Greys Compuesto, a Fine Arts faculty member of the College of Communication, Art, and Design, breaks this norm by discussing life and death through her artworks that are currently displayed in the Rites and Rituals exhibit at the Qube Gallery in Cebu City.

The exhibit display began last October 4 and is open to the public until October 21 on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12 noon to six in the evening.

Lockheart shared three entries titled “A Thousand Cranes for Ryu”, “The Paradox of Death”, and an untitled artwork showing a bird cage in the running exhibit, which “seeks to explore collective and individual identities shaped by culture, tradition, religion, and society.”

In an interview, she shared that her entries had a backstory from 2012 to 2022.

“On the One Thousand Cranes for Ryu, I made those cranes in the hope of giving that to someone who is terminally ill,” she said.
The culture of making one thousand cranes is practiced in Japan, where gifting the cranes translates to wishing the person well.
The second work highlighted Lockheart’s sentiments that to embrace life, we also have to embrace death.

She also shared the inspiration for her untitled entry showing the birdcage, where she said that in her year of stay in Indonesia for studies, she learned the Javanese culture where birds are said to be spirits of their ancestors or loved ones looking for their home.

Beyond the context of the artwork, the beauty of rituals was also reflected in the techniques of sewing and the use of household textiles, proving that even the materials are witnesses to the stories the artist wants to tell through her work.

Text by:
Nico Booc, BA Communication II
Ian Peter Guanzon, BA Communication II

Photos by:
Greys Lockheart

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