Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco
The Image and the Word - New Work by Carlos Villa
January 12 - February 21, 2000
"The Image and the Word" is the title of an exhibit of three distinct bodies of new work by noted Filipino American artist Carlos Villa on display through Feb. 21, 2000, at the University of San Francisco's Thacher Gallery in the Gleeson Library Geschke Center.
A reception with the artist will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 16, followed by a panel, "A Dialogue between Filipino American Art and History" at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Davies Forum Lecture Series. Both Feb. 16 events will be held at USF's Lone Mountain Campus Room 140, which is at 2800 Turk Blvd. between Parker and Masonic.
"The Image and the Word - New Work by Carlos Villa," a San Francisco-based artist, presents three distinct but interrelated bodies of work created during the past year. Each incorporates written text as well as photo-based or painted imagery to explore the interrelationship of personal and public issues. This work draws from international religious and secular traditions, as well as personal experience.
In "Campo Santo," a pantoum ladder series, Villa creates an installation of brass chains and plaques that take the form of a forest of ladders. A Pantoum is a poetry form of Malaysian origin used by French modernist poets and musicians in the early 20th century.
In the "Family Witnessing" series, photographic images from the Bay Area Filipino American community, including the artist's own family photos, are recontextualized with contemporary perspectives.
In the "Hexagram Series" of paintings, ideas about teaching and the role of the artist and individual in society are buried in subtle layerings of paint and afterimage along the I-Ching hexagrams to create an atmospheric evocation of illusion and allusion. The I-Ching is an ancient divination system based on geometric symbols.
Carlos Villa is one of the Bay Area's leading teachers and art activists. A long-time faculty member at the San Francisco Art Institute, he has exhibited internationally. These exhibits have included important shows at the S.F. Museum of Modern Art and the Havana, Cuba Biennial. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Flintridge and Pollock-Krasner Fellowships.
The exhibit, poetry reading and panel are co-sponsored by the Ma. Elena G. Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program, the Center for the Pacific Rim, the Davies Forum, the Master's of Arts in Writing Program, the Multicultural Action Plan and Kasamahan, the student Philippine American Association at USF. For information, call (415) 422-2434.
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