23 OCTOBER - 23 NOVEMBER 2019
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Mining the Jorge B. Vargas archives for inspiration, Marc Aran Reyes (b. 1990) unearths material from Jorge B. Vargas’ post-war confinement in Sugamo Prison and creates work to bridge it to the contemporary issue of isolation. Using materials used in domestic settings as visual metaphors, he casts parallels between the home and prison, alluding to freedom and constriction as a state of mind. Using old wood sourced from abandoned and demolished houses for an installation inspired by Jorge B. Vargas’s prison cell, Reyes contemplates history as accretion, and ties it to the function of museums and archives as a trove of data and privileged memory. An overarching theme of transcendence ties all the seemingly disparate ideas being explored.
 
Marc Aran Reyes graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Far Eastern University in 2012. He has exhibited in group exhibitions and art fairs in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Familiar Places is his eighth solo exhibition.

 

 
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Walkthrough Photos

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Study Guide

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Familiar Places | Marc Aran Reyes

23 october to 23 november 2019

 

 

Mining the Jorge B. Vargas archives for inspiration, Marc Aran Reyes (b. 1990) unearths material from Jorge B. Vargas’ post-war confinement in Sugamo Prison and creates work to bridge it to the contemporary issue of isolation.

 

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The Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS) presents “Tumba-Tumba: Stories and Spaces,” another proof-of-concept project for its planned children’s museum of Philippine art, at the UP Vargas Museum. This pocket museum runs from June 11, 2021 until July 30, 2021.

 

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Using materials used in domestic settings as visual metaphors, he casts parallels between the home and prison, alluding to freedom and constriction as a state of mind. Using old wood sourced from abandoned and demolished houses for an installation inspired by Jorge B. Vargas’s prison cell, Reyes contemplates history as accretion, and ties it to the function of museums and archives as a trove of data and privileged memory. An overarching theme of transcendence ties all the seemingly disparate ideas being explored.
 
Marc Aran Reyes graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Far Eastern University in 2012. He has exhibited in group exhibitions and art fairs in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Familiar Places is his eighth solo exhibition.