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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, July 25, 2016
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“XTradition” is a collaborative exhibition of Campos x Cervantes. The collection is a delightful display of a new approach towards Bacolodnon traditional art. This conceptual crafting of Hilario Campos III and Barry Cervantes is experimentation on indigenous materials and recycled medium, a refresher from their usual works for the two artists. From their personal territories, two Bacolodnon artists reach new lengths to come up with an approach in response to that search for artistic possibilities.

Crafted within a month, the duo “created a collection of furniture and striking visual art from the excess of construction and wastage of daily life. There is potential in raw materials, for there is nothing to be deconstructed, and so much yet to be created. This very potential settles behind the guise of “ordinary things” yet blooms in the sight of the resourceful, and bears fruit for the creative and industrious.

This venture conspires to create with whatever they had salvaged from the yard of the reclaimed, reused, repaired, recycled and recovered. Nothing is laid waste as the artists established the bond of traditional media and modern innovation, leaving an imprint of their own styles upon the artworks in the process. Ultimately, this artistic exploration is a testimony to what an artist really is, and what it takes to create a work of art.”

Cervantes is a Bacolod-based multi-disciplined artist, who works as an illustrator and art director for various local and international companies. He studied Fine Arts, major in Advertising, at LCC Bacolod and has consistently been an active mover within the Bacolod art circle. He has participated in a good number of art exhibitions in and around the country. Cervantes presently works as a freelance graphic designer and full time visual artist.

Campos Jr. is a partner in Frasso Inc., an architectural firm based in Bacolod City, and is a product of LCC School of Architecture. He is a licensed architect, who is currently the vice president of Frasso Inc., and also sits as director of UAP-Bacolod Chapter. Although the practice of his profession is his day job, he finds nourishment for the artist's soul in his art. He has had a number of solo exhibitions and a good number of group shows in Negros and Manila. He values his roots in both Manapla and Cebu, is known to dabble in cool T-shirt design, does customized painted slip-on shoes, and has two of his works permanently displayed as Stations of the Cross at the Pope John Paul II tower.

“XTradition” opened July 22 and will be available for viewing free of charge until August 13, at the main Gallery Orange space in Lopue's Mandalagan, Bacolod City, with gallery hours from 2-9 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays.*


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