Archive for April 7th, 2007

Overmapped pics!

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

Someone asked me how Thursday night’s Overmapped opening was, and the first thing I said was “A gallery full of art and Filipinos? It’s like a dream come true…” Obviously, not quite as big a fantasy if the gallery is, say, in the Philippines, but here in the US, these moments have been few and far between.

I think about how not so long ago, a show like this was unthinkable: when I was studying with Carlos Villa in the early/mid-nineties, the dialogue was very much around the utter lack of (documented) Filipino-American art history, and what could be done about it. We’re now at this point where not only is there more and more of a paper trail for that subject, and more art shows (curator Koan Jeff Baysa has done a particularly significant job in this regard) but because the post-1965 Immigration Act generations are finally coming of age, the groundswell is really finally underway. I can only be excited about where this work will expand to, as these next generations keep comin’ up like they are…

Rico put together a really lovely, multi-generational, multi-faceted show: it felt like the best kind of family affair. There were folks from a wide range of life-experience, art practices, backgrounds, places, all mixing and making new alliances. It was such a fun night: the after-party was at Poleng Lounge, where a number of us kept up the carousing and connecting for a few hours longer.

Overmapped is only open until April 25th, so catch it while you can. Since SomArts Cultural Center is right next to the shopping complex that houses Trader Joes and a couple of other businesses, it may just be the only time in your life that you can A, see a great Filipino art show, B, stock up on hummus, salad-in-a-bag and Vanilla Almond Crunch, and C, go to Bed Bath and Beyond, because, you know, you will have enough time.

OK, on with a few photos:

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Curator Rico Reyes, Carlos Villa, Jeff Jones

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Overmapped, the Overview

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hot new emo boyband “Bittermelon” (mike, christian, kenlo)

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the silva-syjuco coalition

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the worlds in collison USF crew (charles, woff, miki, nancy)

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d’oh! karla threwed it in the trash…Al Gore’s hella pissed.

OVERMAPPED
SomArts Main Gallery

934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
exhibition: April 5-25