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Exhibition

I Am What I Am Not

Exhibiting Artists: Jeho Bitancor

Venue: Utterly Art 20B Mosque Street > venue details

Dates: 01 Nov 2012 - 11 Nov 2012

Given the ordinary person's penchant for objects/subjects of devotion, it is all the more likely for them to be consumed by the mass media and countless other marketing tools. Surviving the daily grind has to be coupled with something to aspire for, a belief or hope in something better or greater than their present selves that would make life more bearable.

I regard this phenomenon as universal. But for this exhibition, I have focused mainly on subjects that are Filipino in character. Modern day “heroes” in the form of a movie star, comic book character, boxing champion, beauty queen, international singer etc. who are icons of veneration that serve to inspire if not personify. They provide both empowerment and an escape from harsh realities, for those who believe that things will get better as manifested by the glory reaped and successes achieved by the people they admire.

It is an everyday reality to encounter cheap videoke joints with screaming singers a la Arnel Pineda or Charice Pempengco, or aspiring boxers wanting to be Pacquiao, or a gay hairdresser dreaming of a beauty queen’s crown. But more than illustrating who they actually are vis-à-vis who they want to be, I am particularly interested in pointing out the contradiction where identity and self-realization must be illusory, and the notion of grandeur patterned after someone else’s. Is it the fault of the masses, or society’s shortcomings in providing proper perspectives and the means to identify the “self” for all its worth? Or is it just unbridled commerce dictating our lives?



Exhibited Works

I Am What I Am Not

2012

57in x 49in
Oil on canvas
S$6200

I am Darna

2012

48in x 36in
Oil on canvas
SOLD

I Am A Star

2012

48in x 36in
Oil on canvas
S$4350

I Am The Way

2012

36in x 48in
Oil on canvas
SOLD

I Am The Queen

2012

36in x 27in
Oil on canvas
S$2400

Don't Stop Believin'

2012

36in x 27in
Oil on canvas
S$2400

I Am Batman

2012

36in x 26in
Oil on canvas
SOLD

I Am Wonderwoman

2012

36in x 27in
Oil on canvas
S$2400

I Will Not Give Up

2012

36in x 27in
Oil on canvas
SOLD

I Am Superman

2012

36in x 29in
Oil on canvas
S$2400

Artist

  • Jeho Bitancor

    Philippines

    Jeho Bitancor is a US-based Filipino artist known for his paintings and performance art works which predominantly express progressive leanings and acute social investigation and critique. He is a Cultural Centre of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Awardee of 2006, who has exhibited extensively in the Philippines, Singapore, USA, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Trained in the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts (1984-1992), and the New York City Art Student’s League (1

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