“You’re nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rat!”


Manila art show“You’re nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rat!”
~ from “Painting na Walang Ningning”

May 21 Saturday 6pm
Featuring the works of Arnel Agawin, Jun Cambel, Justo Cascante, Ben Guia, Heidi Rodriguez, Manuel Rubio, and Bobit Segismundo

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.”, says Walter Pater. Artists, in this sense, conducts themselves like musicians. They create solo but would very much enjoy the fertile ground of collaborative work with fellow artists, much like in a band play. Individual works can morph into the layers of a much grander ouevre, yet remain enhanced and with added integrity back on its own. I am looking through a rose-tinted glasses. And this is how I chose to view this diverse group of multi-talented individuals— proud but unabsorbed of their mastery of their art—artists I play music visually with.

A rather fragmented descriptions:
The artists showing their works for this exhibition share many things in common; They expatriated themselves to Hong Kong’s creative market, have substantial art education, highly-skilled technically and a proud neo-native Filipinos. They are the core organisers of the first art collective of Filipinos in HK that grew organically. Starting as a ragtag group of Creative Professionals, they push forward their proficiency on the medium and methods of the finer visual arts and earned a lot respect. Being long-time residents of that ultra-modern and cosmopolitan city, they share the usual ups and downs drama of transplanted life, xenophobia, cultural isolation, emotional fatigue, financial drain and other forms of coping. But there is also the collective memories of career triumphs, intellectual jousts and silly spats, liquor joys, communal art projects and playing the occasional champion and token flag wavers for their country’s rich cultural heritage. In local HK-Filipino society, they are the darlings of culturati and art patrons (I just bit my tongue). They typify the inconspicuous segment of the creative community (other than musicians) but are rather ambivalent about their anonymity. Photographers, designers, wine connoisseurs, transients &travellers, architects, traders, vegetarians, mountain maidens, media people, martial artists, political & religious pundits… all artists, this is who they are.

Their works promise to reflect the nuances of a life lived in transit and the search for meaning that calls for it. Meaning, the attempt to translate into images and other semiotic flirtations is expected given that these artists are well-versed in the manipulations of visual elements and influencing perceptions. They can make their works dialogue with the viewer, or so they claim. So let’s not preempt the treat promised and be present in celebrating the curiosity aroused by this group of dreamers dropping by… lest I be tempted to waste wind with some postmodern obscurations. Are we going to get rewarded with some real worthwhile, aesthetically enlightening exchange? Or are they just… nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rats?

– Alamitad del Camino

Art Galileia 2nd Level, Unit 2C08, The Shops, Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Contact No.(0915) 809 7946
Email: artgalileia@yahoo.com

Mending Wall -Lubin Nepomuceno

Lubin Nepomuceno

Ongoing at Artinformal -The inner room 17 March – 16 April 2016

“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” is the first line of Robert Frost‘s poem,  Mending Wall. The poem illustrates how a wall keeps relationships between the two neighbours in good condition. Painting can be like good neighbours. Good paintings make great neighbours. When a painting speaks it has stories to tell, but one thing is certain, a painting will always love a wall.

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“At the heart of it” group show

"At the heart of it" Joya Gallery
A group exhibit of work by three spirited mixed media
artists sure to impress! Come have a drink with us and check out JOYA’s second show, entitled, ‘AT THE HEART OF IT’.

All works selectively hand-picked and curated to show the life, times and power of the space between war and peace.

Brisa Amir
Michael Rahmandeclarin
Arnel Agwain

Opening on March 10 , 7 pm
JOYA gallery
2nd floor, Alpha Land Makati Place Mall
corner Ayala ave. extension and Malugay st.

Parking will be available,
Refreshments will be served in the gallery.
Dress code is casual. Feel free to rsvp at https://www.facebook.com/JOYA.MNL


Salvador Alonday IDYLS

Salvador Joel Alonday Artwork

IDYLS | Salvador Alonday

November 25 (Wednesday) 6pm at Artinformal at the Main gallery.
Also two exhibition opens, the show of
José Santos III @Big Room
And Raena Abella @Inner Room

Of Idyls and Regeneration

Dwelling on poetry, on how the small begets larger, perhaps endless, articulations, leads us to the idyl, particularly on how Salvador Joel Alonday’s “Idyls” recall the form in its original sense; that is, small selections of verse structured in the manner of larger poems. Rhythm, scale and elegance of composition flow in the signature of Alonday’s rendering of feminine and masculine energies, returning us to a primal retelling of foreboding and longing. But also, speaking in metaphors that dig into our childhood precepts about nurturing and control.

These are sculptures in stoneware, individuated as assemblies of particular meanings, but collectively threading an encompassing narrative. Alonday’s telling though, is not an ordinate process. There are no chapters, no titles to these stories; no center or chronology structured the production and installation of these pieces.

Hence, the “Idyls” are almost as organically brought together. The artist intimates the improvisational factor in its becoming, of how the figures are thought out, assembled and re-assembled in continuous conversation with the clay. Alonday’s motivation is to weave assignments of conscious ideas with the unstructured memory of a collective unconscious. Much like how the psychologist Bruno Bettelheim harnessed the telling of fairy tales to help children come to terms and reconcile their primal desires with the tethering of social mores, unconscious content merges with conscious fantasies in the realms storytelling and myth-making as valuable tools in the formation of self-worth and selfhood. Likewise, primitive expressions such as the Maitum jars from Mindanao influence Alonday’s approach. These too are anthropomorphic vessels that agree, in Alonday’s words, “In the end, we are all untold stories.”

As the idyls must, a becoming is in order. The viewer is left to judge what could possibly come forth. Poetry’s license is art’s equal complicity with truths and lies. The repugnant and the tragic assert their own beauty. Bliss finds fruition after shattered innocence. We are finite creatures intent on regeneration.

words by Karen Ocampo Flores
Photo by Ling Quisumbing Ramilo