Vancouver based Filipino Artist - Bert Monterona has been invited by the Centre For Community Cultural Development ("CCCD") for the second time to launch a microsite based exhibition in Hong Kong.
Bert Monterona will be accompanied with his partner artist - Ms Mylene Maranoc to facilitate the mural painting workshops depicting themes of migrant and local workers at JCCAC.There will be at least two 3 hour sessions.
The collaborative exhibition by Mylene and Bert Monterona is about the plight of migrant workers around the globe, their culture and struggles. The artists believe that personal relationship will be substantiated by involving themselves in the community, and getting involved in different social and political issues affecting the daily life of people, such as peace and justice, global warming and the environment, socio- economic justice, unity in cultural diversity, etc.
Bert is going to exhibit his 16 Tapestries
1. Migration IV, Acrylic on canvas tapestry, 188cm x 193cm, 2013 (a collaborative painting with Mylene)
2. Portrait of Women's Plight II, Oil on canvas tapestry,180cm x 198cm,2009
3. Peace Talk, Acrylic on canvas tapestry, 188cm x 193cm, 2012 ( a collaborative painting with Mylene)
4. Mining NO Mind, Mountain NO Trees, Birds NO TO Mining ,Painting by Mylene Maranoc.
5. Global Warming II, Acrylic on canvas, 188cm x 193cm, 2012
6. The Heart of Unity in Diversity, Oil on canvas, 168 x 158cm, 2000
7. Dynamics of Education, Culture and Religion, Oil on canvas tapestry, 198 x 218 cm, 1998
8. The Critics and Censorship, Acrylic on canvas, 183 x 193 cm, 2011
9. Queen and King of Hurts,Acrylic on canvas tapestry,200 x200 cm,2011
10. Culture of Peace, Oil on canvas tapestry, 152 x 174 cm, 2002
11. Women for Justice and Peace, Acrylic on canvas, 178 x 186 cm., 2015 ( in progress)
12. Vision of Unity in Diversity for Lasting Peace, Acrylic on canvas tapestry, 178 x 186 cm., 2015
13. All Out Peace Not War, Acrylic on canvas, 178 x 186 cm., 201514.
14. Free the Bird and Cage the Warheads, Oil on canvas, 152 x 174 cm, 2002
15. No To War, Oil on canvas, 152 x 174 cm, 2002
16. Peace Must Be Based on Justice, Acrylic on canvas, 140 x 155 cm, 2012
We aim to raise HK$30,000 within 60 days through this project. If funded, all funded amount will go directly to the expenses associated with air-tickets, accommodation and mainly for the cost of exhibition for 2 weeks (November 15-27, 2015) at CCCD.
About BERT MONTERONA
Bert Monterona is a Filipino-Canadian visual artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is actively involved as an educator, cultural worker, and active artist working in a wide variety of practices, including design, illustration, painting, murals, sculpture and installations. He is a recipient of numerous awards, grants and residencies, including the Western Australia Department of the Arts and the Australia Council for the Arts Grant; the Asian Artists Award of Vermont Studio Centre and the Freeman Foundation, U.S.A. and won the International Mural Festival and Competition in Manitoba, Canada.
He organized art workshops in schools and communities, for art skill development, art-as- therapy and peace-building. He has also facilitated workshops and lectures for art educators, social workers, fine arts students, art enthusiasts, street children and youth at risk. He just recently exhibited his tapestry paintings in Gisors, France during the Grand Baz' Art International Art Festival.
As an artist-educator he has organized art workshops in schools and communities, for skills development, art-as- therapy and peace building. He facilitated art workshops and lecture-presentations for art educators, social workers, artists, fine arts students, art enthusiasts, street children and out of school youth in different places and venues like, University of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of the Philippines, Vargas Museum, Vermont Studio Centre, Leigh Square Community Arts Village, Children’s Rehabilitation Centre and different Communities.
His works are strongly influenced by social, cultural, religious, spiritual and political norms. His ideas and inspirations come from my daily observation of the environment and events and interaction with the different people and culture. But he was also inspired by things that may seem irrelevant to others as his ideas and energies constantly activated his mind and heart for a creative art work. The basis of his thought is concerned with the balance of high technology and indigenous life, and the growing rediscovery of the importance of indigenous environment as component and significance to the modern times in order to relate and communicate socio-economic and environmental problems.
His bark-like tapestries use techniques that he developed by using dye, textile paint and acrylic instead of the usual stretched and primed canvas. This is an adherence to indigenous forms that complement his works’ subjects and themes, inspired by tribal hand woven cloth and artifacts.
The tapestries retell their myths and rituals, artistic expressions that celebrate indigenous culture. The whole expanse is covered with a rich overlay of multifarious motifs, such as cloud scallops, triangles of mountain ranges, radiating forms of land marks and landscape contours, flame-like and leaf-like shapes from wild plants and vines, flowing rivers, dance which, create pulsating rhythms on the visualized ground.
These are inspired by the costumes, jewelry, tattoos, carvings, brass work and artifacts of the Lumad and Moro communities where he have immersed deeply. Like in the okir for example, these decorative motifs constitute larger designs and span areas with their vivid patterns.
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