Even before the official unveiling of Ferdie Cacnio's "UPLift" sculpture in UP Diliman, the sculptor has had to defend himself against accusations of plagiarism stemming from a Facebook post by netizen Lei Lois Tolentino Azarcon, which quickly went viral. In her post last Saturday, Azarcon noted the striking similarities between "UPLift" and Dutch artist Elisabet Stienstra's "The Virgins of Apeldoorn," both of which featured a levitating woman. Cacnio promptly denied any act of plagiarism on his part, stating that he has "never seen nor heard of Ms. Stienstra or her work." His wife, Bing Cacnio, reiterated this, adding that it is "distinctly a Ferdinand Cacnio artwork." Stienstra's husband, Thom Puckey, also weighed in with his personal opinion that Stienstra's work was "clearly plagiarized" in this case. Below are the statements made by those involved..
At some point of browsing images that pertain to Japan one may have encountered the colored woodblock depicting a tumultuous blue sea swallowing a number of fishing boats. The piece is titled The Great Wave off Kanagawa from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Considered as one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art, its artist is equally famous as well. Gaining prominence in the 19th century as one of Japan’s masters in the genre of ukiyo-e (literally meaning “paintings of the floating world”), Katsushika Hokusai became known for his woodblock prints, paintings, and even manga.
By Arvee Gomez
Art continues to evolve, transmitting meanings under different guises and appearances. Instances has it that it has leaped to life from the state of being statuesque, being confined in a canvas, drawn with oils and watercolors. It has transcended the limiting spaces of frames and being tied down by installations. It has adapted to movement as well, perfectly demonstrated by the Moving Korea exhibit by the Korean Cultural Center.
Reviewed by Arvee Gomez
Dir: Ryota Nakano
Starring: Rie Miyazawa, Hana Sugisaki, Joe Odagiri, Tori Matsuzaka, Aoi Ito, Yukiko Shinohara, & Taro Suruga
All it takes is a trip to the doctor to turn the life of ordinary housewife Futaba Sachino (played by Rie Miyazawa) upside-down. With a responsibility to take care of her timid teenage daughter Azumi (Hana Sugisaki) and an abandoned bathhouse, due to a husband who left her for another woman, Futaba is left with no choice but to take all her problems from the backseat, and steer her life to a positive direction in her last remaining days.
Basel, June 13, 2017. The Baloise Art Prize has been awarded to Martha Atienza from the Philippines and Sam Pulitzer from the USA. The prize of CHF 30,000.- will be presented at the Statements sector of Art Basel by a jury of international experts. The prize includes the acquisition by Baloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: the Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the MUDAM, Luxembourg.
By Arvee Gomez
It is in one’s travels that he or she becomes exposed to the elements, and where one, unknowingly, finds something worth thinking about, things that are often overlooked due to multiple distractions that may have been brought by the environment or the atmosphere of that given time.