26 MAY - 30 JUNE 2015


UP Vargas Museum, in cooperation with Finale Art File, opens Paulo Vinluan’s solo exhibition titled See Waves on May 26, Tuesday, 4pm at the 1F Galleries.
See Waves, an exhibit of drawings and animation works, prompts to shift the viewer’s perception of the Vargas Museum from a mere physical space to a space of memories that flood its way back and echo. Thus, the museum becomes a metaphor of an empty shell where the sound of the ocean could be heard.
The exhibition reflects Vinluan’s conversion of sound into visual forms, similar to the way physics would interpret sound waves. Inspired by John Cage’s works (the silent piece 4’33” and the book Silence), Vinluan uses animation to show the synergy formed between drawing and narrative – the artist’s personal memories of being submerged in water and his attempts to talk and hear himself while in it.
Using the question “How do you hear silence?”, Vinluan contemplates the idea of quietness; its distinction from noise, and when and where it could be found. From this point of departure, the exhibit tries to impart a sense of self-awareness that invites the audience to make his or her conversation with silence.
Complementing the animation works are sculptures that create a shell-like form akin to an ear; another vessel that houses a narrative – a shell that contains the sea.
Paulo Vinluan (b. 1980) received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2003 and from the Pratt Institute, New York in 2009. He has exhibited his works in the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and California. He lives and works between Manila and Brooklyn.


To request more information, please send an email to vargasmuseum@up.edu.ph

Installation Photos

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