The local art market is booming. Every quarter, records are set in local auction houses. It is no longer a shock to hear about an artwork fetching more than thirty million. A career as an artist has also gained some prestige - the starving artist image is slowly fading, with young painters becoming millionaires with huge followings.
And yet, record prices are only set for paintings on canvas. The local collector still shies away from works on paper, which many think as either just preparatory art, such as in the case of sketches, or will not last in our humid tropical environment.
And yet, printmakers, collagists, watercolorists, and paper sculptors all rely on the manifold qualities of paper. Its transparency, weight, texture, sheen, color, even its perceived fragility, all give paper an intimacy that is rarely achieved on canvas. To champion the medium, Galerie Stephanie has called on curator Ricky Francisco, to come up with an exhibition with paper as the star.
Position Paper exhibits the works of Erika Abe, Manix Abrera, Emman Acasio, Philip Aldefolio, Poeleen Alvarez, Steph Alvarez, Angelito Antonio, Datu Arellano, Psalm Astejeda, Jonathan Benitez, Kiko Capile, Kara de Dios, Demet Dela Cruz, Regie Dela Torre, Vince de Pio, Tammy de Roca, Julius Clar, Kat Grow, Tuchi Imperial, Jay Jarin, Katherine Nuñez, Ginoe Ojoy, Mikiboy Pama, Faye Pamintuan, Jonathan Rañola, Mikai Rodrigo, Iggy Rodriguez, Morgan Rosskopf, Imam Santoso, Roel Salvatierra, Jone Sibugan, Jomike Tejido, Camille Ver, Gail Vicente, Micahel Villagante, Rom Villaseran, Wipo, MM Yu, Jemima Yabes, Blaise Zamora, Pablo Zingapan, as well as renowned artists such as Federico Alcuaz, Nune Alvarado, Angelito Antonio, Jerry Elizalde Navarro, Mario Parial, and Juvenal Sanso.
As accompaniment to the group exhibit, Position Paper, long time conservators June Dalisay and Missy Reyes will share their expertise on the care and preservation of paper artworks. Moderating the talk will be exhibition curator and Lopez Museum conservator Ricky Francisco.