Manila Biennale 2018 | Snapshots

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Scenes from a Saturday spent with friends, history, and creative commentary. Props to the organizers behind the first-ever Manila Biennale, for doing a free open house right before the actual events and talks happening all month long. Intramuros, with its solemn walls, wide-open parks, and peaceful cobble pathways, was the perfect setting for the exhibits — in fact, the juxtaposition couldn’t have been more apt. Quite a few art pieces and installations tackled freedom, justice, and society. It’s sobering to realize that we’re still challenging familiar oppressors and issues that we’ve been dealing with for hundreds of years. Continue reading “Manila Biennale 2018 | Snapshots”

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Revisiting Pinto Art Gallery

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Sometimes you forget that it’s not just about the peak. It’s ok to take your time. It’s ok to think of quitting. It’s ok to rest. Continue reading “Revisiting Pinto Art Gallery”

Snapshots: Art Fair Philippines 2016

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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!

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Reboot | Faux 2x Exposures

Random snaps of recent walks that really have no meaning. So some composition that makes even less of that.
In any case, I have to seriously get over myself and my dilemmas. And start thinking clearly and facing the morning and being more ADULT and what have you. Yup. Cause it’s clearly affecting everything. Need a new disposition.
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Visiting The National Art Gallery

The National Musuem, Manila
A few days shy of the New Year I thought I’d fulfill a long-unticked item from my bucket list, which is to visit this building that houses some of my country’s national art treasures. I have always known that Juan Luna’s Spoliarium is big, but I was still surprised at how magnanimous it truly was.
The building is a wonderful artefact in itself. It was a nice way to spend the afternoon looking, reading,and learning some new things about the great creators of my race. I loved the paintings, but my favorite 5 minutes were spent inside the old Session Hall, drinking in as much of its hallowed space and committing it to tactile and digital memory. Sunlight through the windows, the loud sound of silence, my jaw slack in almost-cheesy awe but maybe that’s just me. I have never felt so much spirit inside an old room before, “past glory” never took on so much obvious meaning. Kind of sad, the way we were, compared to what we are now.
Most of my peers have passed through those dubiously-hued pillars; only I’ve never joined a HUM2 field trip (because back in college I was like, why should I go on a Manila field trip? I can go there anytime – well “anytime” took several years). Glad to have done this on my own pace and pocket of free-time. Sadly a lot of wings were closed for renovation (I didn’t get to see Imelda’s shoe collection for example), but that just gives me an excuse to go back some other time.

Golden Hands / 70s Fashion Drawings

I wish I could say I could draw like this, but I don’t. 
This page ^ is from one of my grandma’s old books on knitting and dressmaking. I was able to pore over them again this weekend when we stayed with our relatives for Undas Holiday.
When we were younger my sister and I loved looking through these books, not because we were crochet connoisseurs, but because we were in love with the drawings that were used to illustrate the patterns and garments.
Aren’t these pages so beautiful? I remember spending hours trying to copy the way these girls’ hair curled and how their eyelashes fluttered just so (before long anime aesthetic won over too much though). Before photography truly broke out, drawings were a mainstay in fashion magazines and instruction books.

Long, detail-intensive descriptions were also in vogue. Although I know practically nil about dressmaking, I love how almost-romantic the garment descriptions are. It’s as if reading about what you’re about to make automatically brings it to life. 
These days much of fashion and trends is about shopping and collecting RTW, but at least during the time these books were made, it was still about owning something personalized and truly your own. But of course, on one hand, the times are truly different and women don’t necessarily have to be confined to making clothes! We are also preoccupied with other things like business or TV or saving the environment. And I think that’s also fantastic, the way fashion now is faster, less limited, and going beyond pure wearability or function (as these books decry).

But every time we stumble upon treasures like these, we realize how much of today’s present trends reference on a golden past. The fashion cycle lives on.
What was your first encounter with fashion history? 🙂

HALSEMA AX(i)S ART PROJECT – Kawayan de Guia

The AX (i)S exhibition at Mo_space is a post-mortem exhibition and documentation of last year’s AX (i)S festival, which aimed to represent contemporary norms of living in the North, and push for the growth of independent artist communities in the Cordillera region. For the Fort space, the big tent made of ukay-ukay clothes has been repurposed as chassis of the iconic Dangwa bus (which used to carry commuters between Baguio and Sagada), and from within its interiors photos of the exhibits of last year’s AX (i)S event are projected. Around this symbolic space, found artefacts of roadside shrines are scattered. It depicts life and art in the North as Kawayan de Guia and his community wishes to curate and preserve it.
(Paraphrased from the exhibit blurb at the Mospace page)
Around this time last year I was on a spate of gallery-viewing and I realized that because I’ve been so busy with work and school I haven’t done that in a while… That realization, as well as a newfound drive to share more of my other interests (in short feeling pa-deep 2012 edition) compelled me to go here. I was actually surprised to find out that there was no one around, so I went a little crazy with snapping parts of the exhibit which I wanted to take home with me (virtually, nostalgically). I took a lot of pictures and I promise I have something about my thoughts written in there near the end.

The AX (i)S Mali / Mail works are also up inside the Project Room. Here I am doing my best impersonation of a Bulong. Just to burst your bubble, I still tried to get in my requisite daily vanity shot. Don’t ask me how I got this shot.

This one’s easier to figure out. At some point I started feeling silly spazzing out in an exhibit all by myself (So many thoughts! No one smart enough nearby to tell them to! I need someone to verify my spazziness or am I just feeling pa-cool?)

Although I’ve never taken the rickety Dangwa bus from Baguio to Sagada, I have taken more than a hundred buses back and forth Manila and Los Banos during my college years, and I know that my college mates can all attest to that passive powerful feeling of leaving one place, and arriving in another, without ever moving from your seat. Your eyes and your mind do the traveling before the rest of your body experiences the fatigue when you reach the terminal. This exhibit was almost like that: a vicarious trip for my pathetically urban heart.
It gave me a little peek into the changes (as well as the constants) that constitute the Northern way of life. De Guia’s trip is not just between physical places, but also between two points of cultural and historical ideas: the old and the new; also, the longed-for progress and the longed-for days of yore. It’s nostalgic, but at the same time, it’s optimistic that we can never truly forget a rich past, nor should we ever do so. 
This is a super tiny detail on the wall installation, but I love it.
And for good measure, here’s a tsamba shot of the busy outside, taken from the gallery’s glass walls. Post-processed a bit to bring out the indigos more, but I swear today’s sunset sky was quite post-apocalyptic. Must be global warming?

Halsema… is showing at Mo_space until November 18.

What Traffic?

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IMG_1169Back 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. 
IMG_1203Moonleaf 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.
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IMG_1212I 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.
IMG_1237The 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!
IMG_1242full 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
IMG_1272“Haggardo Verzosa in the Sampayan”
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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 🙂

Vargas Revisited

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UP Vargas Museum, Hongkong Intervention Exhibit, Art
On exhibit were Hongkong Intervention (the risk-laden photo series done by various OFW’s, collected by Sun Yuan and Peng Yu) and Address by the Aquilizans (a larger version of their previous box-molded installations). After submitting my reg requirements. This is it! I’m going back to school for my Masters. 🙂
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RESET/PLAY by Jason Moss

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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! 🙂