Craft as Contemporary Art at the CCP

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is proud to present the exhibition HANDMADE featuring the craft-based works of artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba. The exhibit is on view at the CCP’s Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) until October 18, 2015. The artists will have their exhibit closing event on October 15, 2015 which will begin with an artist talk at 4pm and cocktails at 6pm.

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The use of craft in contemporary art means a dedication to materials and processes, though not entirely as a path to perfection and polish. On the contrary, the craft approach to art production shuns aesthetic perfection. Art that comes out of craftwork is a celebration of individuality amidst the spirit of globalism. It provides a concreteness and tactility that cyberspace can only offer virtually. It is in contrast to certain tendencies in globalism that promote a sense of cultural uniformity.

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In their exhibit, artists Steph Palallos, Carmel Lim-Torres, and Josephine Turalba create diverse art highlighting the Handmade. They express personal experience rather than give voice to a collective social message. Consider Turalba’s leatherwork as a means to re-imagine landscapes from memory, or Palallos’ sewing fabric to construct garments that expose the ailing body, or Lim-Torres’ installation composed of paper, ceramics and wood to express hope amidst ecological peril. HANDMADE is curated by Leo Abaya.

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HANDMADE is open to all and can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm at the CCP. For more information about the exhibit, call the CCP Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at (632) 832-1125 loc. 1504/1505, (632) 832-3702, mobile (63920) 4700690, email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.

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Press release from the Cultural Center of the Philippines

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