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October 15, 2010 / blissmarket


Transitions, realizations and choosing directions… themes translated using acrylic, pastel and archival ink on paper and canvas.  Through the images of conflicts of man, the irregularities of life represented by floating geometrical shapes and deconstructed images of photographs of landscapes, abandoned houses and other spaces in Japan as a product of reflections of 30 years of existence. There are dialogues and conversations within the frames of artwork, showing conflicting views and feelings of the subjects and the influences of people through a man’s life stages.


Uncover the body languages, the hidden places and the essence of people behind the bits and pieces of puzzles in these artworks as multi-media artist J.Pacena II presents his recent works with an exhibition entitled After Mall Hours at BLANC Peninsula Manila.


Born on July 16, 1980 in Quezon City,  J. Pacena II  finished his Elementary in 1993 at Kamuning Elementary School and his High School  in 1997 at the University of Santo Tomas Pay High School. He graduated in 2001 at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design with a major in Advertising Arts.   In 2003, he became an instructor for College of Fine Arts and Design in the same University and pursued his Graduate Studies at the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Fine Arts.  On that same year, he directed his first Music Video under BMG Pilipinas (now Sony Music Entertainment Philippines, Inc.). He presented his first solo art exhibition in 2005 and had his first curatorial project for the exhibition entitled “boxed” in 2006. In 2007, he became a core member of Tutok, a group of artists advocating in human rights and education conditions in the Philippines. In 2008 he joined the faculty roster of Asia Pacific College, School of Multimedia Arts in Magallanes. In September that year, he married his long time partner whom he became friends with since 1990.


This year, he recently came home from a 3-month residency grant by Japan Foundation and UP Vargas Museum under the Jenesys Programme for Creators 2010.  During his stay in Japan, he was able to make a tremendous amount of time reflecting about his life, about his career and his future plans as an artist and as an individual.  After Mall Hours is a pause to activity, a product of reflection, a personal observation of the transitional period in one’s life.


The exhibit opens on November 5, 2010 at 6PM and will run until November 26, 2010 at the BLANC Peninsula Manila, G/F shops  9 & 10 Ayala Avenue, cor.Makati Avenue, Makati City.For more information about this exhibition, visit or contact +639209276436 or send an email to  Free admission, the gallery is open everday.


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