“From Another Side”: An Art Exhibition About Evolution

ByJames I. Robertson

Aug 16, 2022

Artist Mikiboy Pama Explains His Artwork to Bacolod Councilmen Em Ang and Jason (Contribution)

Wine, Flesh and the Deceiver is the title of this Mikkiboy Pama masterpiece.  (Contributed)

Wine, Flesh and the Deceiver is the title of this Mikkiboy Pama masterpiece. (Contributed)

Tyrants and Mastermind are the creations of artist Tristan Miravelles.  (Contributed)

Tyrants and Mastermind are the creations of artist Tristan Miravelles. (Contributed)

Tyrants and Mastermind are the creations of artist Tristan Miravelles.  (Contributed)

Tyrants and Mastermind are the creations of artist Tristan Miravelles. (Contributed)

AN ART exhibition titled ‘On the Other Part’ featuring the artistic masterpieces of Tristan Miravalles and Mikiboy Pama at the Orange Project opened in time for the opening of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival which took place held on August 12, 2022 at the Orange Gallery in Mandalagan, Bacolod City.

Artists brought paintings about evolution, which Pama describes as a large-scale language of time.

“Like time, we cannot see it beyond the conceptual level (but) it is only by observing the effects it has left that we can recognize its reality,” he said.

Pama added that the past is the guardian of truths set in stone and, often, in bone. Saying he’s not an artist, but an explorer, Pama said his artistic practice doesn’t stray far from a paleontologist’s way of creating a faunal assemblage where bones, rotting specimens, sketches and other such ornaments are more informative than aesthetic at the same time. content and composition.

For his part, said Miravalles, evolution is for him a mirror that reveals what we are now by showing us what we were in the past and what we can become in the future.

For example, he says, naturalist Charles Darwin correctly predicted, before his death, the existence of a species of moth possessing specific physical traits 130 years before its discovery.

This foresight, however, is not the kind one encounters in theatrical conjurers or fortune tellers, Miravelles said.

He added that this predictive power of science is honed from an elaborate and elegant examination of factual data, long-term research and reproducible experimental conclusions.

“Humans will evolve based on what they choose to resist and what they choose to accept,” the artist pointed out.

Tanduay Bacolod Rum festival director, Charmaine Pahate, Bacolod advisors Jason Villarosa and Em Ang and artist Charlie Co graced the opening of said festival.


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