Opening Reception: August 20, 2015, Thursday, 6 PM
Exhibition Run: August 22 – December 23, 2015
Riel Hilario, Toym Imao and Ling Quisumbing Ramilo

August 21 is a Holiday, LML is CLOSED

Often, when we think of art, the gauge of its importance lies in its place in linear history. This ability to “place” an artwork comes from answers to questions about the artist and the context wherein it was created— finished. But what happens when art and art-making are interrupted? Is an unfinished work still worthy of display? Why would a work with no perfunctory conclusion deserve a second look?

"Open Ends", the second exhibition offering of the Lopez Museum and Library highlights a collection of rarely seen studies, sketches, and unfinished paintings by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. These masterful renditions are complemented by those of Juan Luna, unfinished correspondences captured in Jose Rizal’s careful handwriting and by beautifully bound and printed novenas or prayer booklets. Select sculptural and mixed media installations by guest artists Ling Quisumbing Ramilo, Toym Imao, and Riel Hilario complete this provocation.

In "Open Ends", the works selected point to potential stages of artistic creation: to a seeming prologue of a story, experimentations in technique and even attempts at appeasing one’s curiosity. Challenging the usual practice of exhibiting an artist’s best and finished works, the exhibition explores how value and meaning evolve by looking and experiencing art that are products of opportune moments, happy accidents and even (un)timely interruptions.

"Open Ends" is presented with support from Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc.

The exhibition will run from August 22 to December 23, 2015. For more information, call Tina at 631 2417 or email
Lopez Museum and Library is located at the Ground Floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road cor Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

TOYM IMAO is a storyteller and multi-media artist. He is a sculptor and painter in both classical and contemporary styles, a writer and a filmmaker. He first trained in the arts under Philippine National Artists for the Visual Arts Napoleon V. Abueva and Abdulmari Asia Imao (his father). His formal training came from the University of the Philippines (B.S. Architecture, Masters in Fine Arts) and Maryland Institute College of Arts (M.A. Sculpture) under a Fulbright Scholarship. He studied film and apprenticed under premier Philippine director Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He credits his mentor National Artist for Literature for his passion for Philippine history and culture.

He is the recipient of Most Outstanding Capampangan Award for Achievement in the Field of Sculpture, given by the Provincial Government of Pampanga in 2003; the Gawad Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Sculpture) given by the City of Manila in 2010; and the Gawad Parangal para sa Sining sa Larangan ng Eskultura by Quezon City in 2012. He has recently been cited for Best Production Design (New Breed Category) in the 10th Cinemalaya Film Festival (2014) for "K'na the Dreamweaver".

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