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My favorite works from this year’s Art Fair run. The turnout and the explosion of snap-worthy contemporary art just gets bigger year after year. Art patrons and selfie-crazy youth mingle with local and international artists to gawk and enjoy paintings, sculptures, installations, and multi-media presentations.
More photos after the jump!
Back at Some Kind of Wonderful. It’s now some sort of default for delicious food and idle time. Meet Ica and Caren – kulasas turned elbizens just like me.
Moonleaf is now in Marikina! Which is a simultaneously good and bad thing (good for my heart and soul and general happiness, bad for my intentions to maintain a frugal nature). As of posting this, I’ve had three “tea runs” in a span of five days. Ack.
I sort of have a crush on an entire building, is that a bad thing? I’m sure you all think it’s hot too – i.e. the Ronac Art Center. I’m sure Ranie won’t think it counts as infidelity.
The pretty Chalk girls! Hello! Elaine (middle) and I were colleagues in UPLB. Dropped by their bazaar. When the event transformed later on in the night – so did they; traded their cool sneakers for high heels and jewelry and makeup and the works. Walk the talk indeed!
full outfit (told you, I’d be relying on bathroom mirrors quite often henceforth): customized tee from the Light and Space gallery; everything else, you see every other post here in my jeje blog :p
“Haggardo Verzosa in the Sampayan”
So, what traffic?***Only a few days left before the Global Pinoy Bazaar! It’s a fun event sponsored by Yabang Pinoy. It’s perfect for Christmas shopping. I’m giving away free passes – click on the orange/red icon on my sidebar 🙂
Jason Moss brings hyper-reality color and strokes to film grabs of pale-toned films from the 20s to the 60s – although sadly the film references are lost on my 23 year old, pop culture-laden self. So I was able to appreciate the built-in criticisms and observations more – a more self-aware set if I’ve ever seen one. But introspective consciousness, in the case of Jason Moss, turns out to be a good thing, and makes for an entertaining and conversation-worthy set.
I was such a “random” soul this night (my operative word of the past few days). So thank you to Dex, Katwo, Nico, Arvin, the kind lady in black (whose name I missed!), and of course Jason for the instant company (by way of a few nervous smiles from my end, possibly thought balloons of “what’s this weird stranger doing by herself here?” from them). I ended up lingering and thoroughly enjoying myself. 🙂
Show runs until November 5. More, More, More pictures on my Facebook album here.
November 5 – also the first day of the Global Pinoy Bazaar! 🙂 Have free passes if you click the mini poster on the sidebar! 🙂
My afternoon web meeting in Makati got postponed today. So with time to kill, I went pseudo-bourgeousie and hunted down the Department of Avant-Garde Cliches (DAGC) Gallery along Pasong Tamo. They’re currently showing Mischief and Mayhem, a collection of works by Romeo Lee and Pow Martinez.
And because there’s nothing like a (free) cultural thrill to cancel out Manila heat and illicit inspiration on a dreary afternoon, in I went to spend some quiet time and take photos (of course not before I asked permission!).
DAGC is a gallery devoted to exhibiting prints by local and foreign artists. Rather than capitalize on an art piece’s singularity, they embrace the democratic nature of prints (as it can be reproduced over and over again). The studio has a loft where the prints can be recreated.
The gallery is a sparse space of grey walls and lots of light – perfect for standing in the middle and absorbing all the artworks simultaneously. Actually, I tried to demonstrate that particular idea. But since I was literally the only person on the floor, I… tried to take a timer photo of myself (horrified gasp!). I got my shot but I’m not posting it because I realized how pathetic and desperate that was (and, purpose defeated because I’m writing it out anyway. Hay).
Anyway, on to the actual artwork shots!
The exhibit was a monochrome collection of weird yet strangely familiar forms: beasts and humanoids with lolling tongues and swollen body parts, and dirge-like parties of macabre characters stomping towards church/pyramid/teepee amalgams. Rendered in sinewy, luscious lines (Lee) and quick, furious strokes (Martinez), the exhibit feels to me like a form of commentary about our society’s current indulgent, fanatic state. I did pause for quite a while (especially on the mural) to try to discern the various figures.
… I’ll stop there because I’m not an art critic and this is not a reaction paper ala college! Hehe. I really wish I were making a reaction paper right now, though.
Mischief and Mayhem will be on exhibit until September 17. We should all support spaces like DAGC, who are striving to make all forms of art accessible to the public. It’s worth a visit, with or without a self-timer shot :). If you cannot drop by you can go to the DAGC website for the artist’s notes and more photos.