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27 June 2019

“Intersection” – Hadrian Mendoza’s 29th solo exhibition debuts at the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex on 25 June 2019.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The show’s title is ‘Intersection’ which is basically an intersection of cultures, of people, of styles, and different ways of working with clay, and I would like to thank you all for being here.”

This is how internationally renowned Filipino stoneware potter Hadrian Mendoza described his 29th solo exhibition entitled “Intersection” during its opening reception held at the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex in the evening of 25 June 2019.

“Intersection is about crossing cultures, and intersecting lives, in which this opening is a good example. A lot of people from the schools I teach, and in the local community, and also from the Filipino community came out to support,” Mendoza also said.

Bloom, the main installation in the exhibition is composed of intersectinglines made of dirt and porcelain flowers.  A figure pouring a watering can nurtures the growth of the budding flowers. Mendoza describes this installation as him being the teacher who is nurturing his students represented by the porcelain flowers.

Another installation, Dangerous Flower, a series of 12 bulbous forms depict the stages of a flower in bloom.

The exhibit also includes Filipino-themed collections inspired by the Ifugao bulol rice terraces gods from the northern region of the Philippines and the Manunggul Jar which is a secondary burial jar that was found in the Tabon caves in Palawan, Philippines.

Other installations present are a series of busts and large sculptures of head, and functional wares such as Ikebana jars, bowls, and tea sets.

“When we celebrated Sentro Rizal’s 1st year anniversary earlier this month, we made a vow to expand our efforts in reaching a wider audience, presenting more of the vibrant Filipino culture, and introducing remarkable Filipino and Filipino-American artists to the DMV community. Showcasing the unique talent and artistry of Hadrian Mendoza tonight is a testament to that promise,” said Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel G. Romualdez in a statement.

Intersection is the first cultural event hosted by Sentro Rizal Washington DC in its 2nd year. The exhibition is located at the 2nd floor of the Philippine Embassy Chancery Annex at 1617 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036 and will run until 25 July 2019.

Viewing is by appointment only. You may contact the Embassy’s cultural desk at cultural@phembassy-us.org to schedule a visit. ###

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Hadrian Mendoza welcomes guests to his exhibition entitled “Intersection” during its opening reception held at the Philippine Embassy on 25 June 2019.

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, the main installation in the exhibition.

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Exhibit guests check out Dangerous Flower.

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Hadrian Mendoza (right) shares a brief conversation with Philippine Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Patrick A. Chuasoto (left) during the reception.