Friday, February 26, 2016

El Bohemio at the
Art Fair Philippines 2016 Show

   I remember attending the very first Art Fair Philippines show in 2013 and I really enjoyed it. But I failed to see the 2014 and 2015 show. I was either too busy or just missed their posts on Facebook. I keep forgeting that it happens every February!  Fortunately, despite the not-so-often times I browse my FB news feed, I came across an ad of this year's show.

    So Art Fair Philippines 2016 took place on the 18th to 21st of this month at the same venue of all their previous shows - The Link carpark building in Ayala Center, Makati. This year they occupied 3 floors. That's pretty enough space to showcase contemporary works by  artists not just from all over the Philippines but also a few from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Spain.


     I went there last Saturday and I was a bit taken aback when I saw this many people at the show. Like a mall on sale. But then I realized that this could only mean that more Pinoys are becoming appreciative of art and that is a good thing. The entrance fee was only Php 150, by the way. It's free if you have a BPI gold or platinum credit card. So kudos to the people of Art Fair Philippines for making their shows accessible also to the  bohemian and the bourgeoisie LOL.
 
    Anyway, I took about a hundred photos in the show and I'm going to share a few favorites in this post. Yeah just a few. Otherwise, this will be an awfully long post hehe because there is just soo many remarkable pieces there I wanna talk about. But if you want to be spared of my blah-blahs  you can view all photos in this link. ^_^




     The very first artwork that I saw happens to be done by one of my favorite artists in sculpture and instalation art. Gabriel Barredo is just awesome!



 
  I'd vote for this gallery for best in presentation. As if stepping inside a dark old church, you'll hear monks chanting and an eerie sound of a bell. Instead of rebultos, you will find these rather deviant works of Daniel dela Cruz.




    I surely wasn't the only one who asked about the artist behind this work. This pair seem to have an appeal to the youth. Reminds you of impressive graffiti you find down the street. Art by Bryan Yabut.






   One of three paintings by Michael Villagante. A juvenile-deity perhaps? Deep in though visualizing something that will become flesh by a simple gesture of his hand.




    Yeah, cut paper art doesn't always have to be presented flat. The work of Liza Flores




   Cute is the best word to describe this work by Budi Agi Nugroho




   Lights and mirrors create an illusion of a deep tunnel. Glad to see more works by Mark Justiniani



  Very intricate work. I'm beginning to be a fan of Epjey Pacheco





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