Sunday, February 24, 2019

An Artsy Weekend at the
2019 Art Fair Philippines

   I went to see the Art Fair last Friday. The 4-day show opened last Thursday, February 21, 2019, at the same venue, The Link car park building in Ayala Center.

    I've attended 5 of their shows already, my first was in 2013. Thanks to my BPI Gold Master Card that gives me free access to their shows haha! And as always, being there is an incredible experience. Imagine 3 floors of galleries - it's a melting pot of creative ideas! An artist who has been there will surely step out of the building with inspiration.

    Anyways I took a lot of pictures and will share in this post some personal favorites. You will find a link to all the photos at the bottom of this post.

    Philippine folklore says that if it rains and the sun is shining at the same time, a tikbalang couple is being wed. A tikbalang is a creature that is half human and half horse. Not to be confused with a centaur because a tikbalang has a human body and a head of a horse. Artist John Paul Antido gives us a visual of that magical occasion in this remarkable painting which included other creatures in Pinoy lore.

      I personally love Antidos painting style. Also I'm beginning to have a growing fondness of this male character wearing the an 18th Century Filipino get up.

    A library made of wooden books. Well not really books but blocks of wood. Well after all paper is made from trees. Amusing installation art by Christina Quisimbing Ramilo. It's an interactive work. You can write a book title on a wood block with chalk.

    Awesome hand-molded epoxy sculpture entitled "Ihip" by Jerson Samson.

     The impasto technique  made this painting look like there's an actual stone bust before me.
Brilliant work by M. Irfan

    I really love this work because of it's grungy-ness and seemingly dystopian theme. Also because it is made of magazine pages. The work of Arnold Bornios.

       Words by the Dalai Lama lazer-cut on textured galvanized iron sheets. Love it. The works of Dedi Sufriadi.

        Stepping inside an exhibit by Daniel dela Cruz always give me the feeling of being in a surreal world because the presentation is complete with light and sound effects. Of course the pieces are outstanding by themselves.

       Dela Cruz' show at the Art Fair, "Finding The Light", if presented to raise awareness and lessen the stigma associated with mental health issues.

     So did you miss this year's Art Fair? Well do not despair hehe. I'll give you a virtual walk-through of the show with pictures that I took. Just click on the memo strip below. Enjoy!

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