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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Here Comes The Sun Exhibit @ Blanc

John Paul Antido, Jaime Gubaton and Emannuel Servito
March 19 2007 to March 31, 2007
Blanc (107 H.V. dela Costa St. Salcedo Village Makati City)

A group exhibition by John Paul Antido, Jaime Gubaton and Emannuel Servito
We have to admit that to use the word “sun” as part of a title of an art exhibition would be a bright way to attract attention. However much as these paintings are best seen holding up close to the light, it does not work that way.

Aptly entitled, “Here Comes the Sun,” the show features recent works of multi-awarded young artists John Paul Antido, Jaime Gubaton, and Emmanuel Servito, at the very prime of their distinct styles. Hence, the omnipresent sun in all their hanging works here, induces freshness, innovation, and how it sheds light to their respective creative paths to be.

On one hand, the exhibition indeed is a direct tribute to the sun and its relation to the various energies and activities, of how it affects our lives. In fact, the Philippine sun has figured prominently in our history and culture.

In 1898 Emilio Aguinaldo, while in exile in Hong Kong had a flag sewn with the triangle of the Masonry with the mythical sun and face with 8 rays representing the 8 provinces that revolted against the Spaniards. It is sad to note though that the face in that mythical sun was made plain through an executive order by then President Manuel Quezon during the Commonwealth period

in 1936. Through the years, we most often associate the sun with every triumph, longing and aspiration. On a lighter note, and this is stating the obvious, the title “Here Comes the Sun” was culled from the song by George Harrison from The Beatles album Abbey Road.

The song, Harrison's most well-known Beatles contribution, the final version of which was written in Eric Clapton's garden. Harrison was temporary avoiding the Beatles, who were trying to finish the album Abbey Road before their inevitable break-up.

The phrase "here comes the sun" was about the relief that he felt every day when the day's recording session was over.

For Antido, Gubaton, and Servito, Here Comes the Sun also means temporary respite, as they are in between jobs or experimenting in their own styles amidst a plethora of influences.

As the image of the sun thrills you in this somewhat convoluted artistic rush, we hope this exhibition will serve as a jumpstart whatever careers they have as artists.

The Chinese have a saying that they can eat “anything with its back to the sun.” We hope you will at various levels digest whatever feast of symbols and meanings these artworks cater. The only thing we are most sure of, without the sun, the earth would be a dark, cold, dead place. Just like art.

To end, allow us to welcome you to that intense season of the year and to the many sordid things we associate it with – summer.

Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun, and I say
it's all right
it's all right

Here Comes The Sun, featuring the works of John Paul Antido, Jaime Gubaton and Emannuel Servito, will open at blanc on Monday, March 19 2007, 6pm and will run until March 31, 2007. blanc is located at 107 H.V. dela Costa St. Salcedo Village Makati City. For more information please contact, 7520032 or (0920)9276436. This exhibition, Here Comes The Sun, is presented by blanc and ArtPetron.

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