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

RENATO AGUSTIN ONG Apocrypha at Finale Art File

renato ong

A must see show ! Ongoing at Finale Art File, Tall Gallery


April 8 to 28, 2015

SPACE “INVADERS” Mimi Tecson and Wesley Valenzuela

Space invaders examines the very objects, images, and ephemera that permeate the artists’ personal territories. Tecson and Valenzuela have brought together works that portray their visions of nostalgia and of their continuous examination of new and collected memories.

August 17, Sunday 6PM

space invaders

Secret Fresh Gallery
Ground Flr., RONAC Art Center
424 Ortigas Ave, Greenhills, San Juan
Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2-10PM and Sundays at 1-6pm.
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Galimgim – Ambie Abaño solo show at Tin-aw

Galimgim - Ambie Abaño solo show at Tin-aw
photo from Tin-Aw Art Gallery

An urgency persists in remembering. Wrestling with the impositions of the present, one turns to memory to relive and revisit what once was. In response to this yearning, Ambie Abaño’s latest exhibition Galimgim, a Filipino term for nostalgia, is a homage to the forgone.

Triggered by the trifles of every day, she assembles intimate and specific imageries from brief encounters with people and places. Fleeting moments and their sentiments become encased in mundane objects, re-emerging as jewels radiating with stories and meaning. A collection of reminiscences as a woman, particularly a Filipina, Abaño navigates through the vagaries of time and presents a very personal mirror to the transience of our being.

Wooden books, chopping boards, wooden ironing board, batibot chairs, and a repurposed sewing machine are filled with meticulously drawn engravings. Umbrellas, mantones and paper bear woodcut prints of lace and floral patterns. Romantic and delicate designs, illustrations and portraits haunting each object with residues and echoes of the old.

Aside from her objects, her fascination with the rain and stars further indulges the sense of nostalgia. The habitual process of printing on different grounds turns into a meditative experience – a rhythm of breaths and pauses with every line and dot, momentarily immersed with a time long gone.

Memories linger in order to ground the present. Abaño takes the gesture of engraving to immortalize and reconnect with an irrevocable past, a way of alleviating the ache that comes with the fear of forgetting and the undeniable truth of the temporary.

The exhibition opens with an artist reception on 8 August 2014, 6 pm, and will be on view until 29 August 2014.

Tin-aw Art Gallery is located at the Upper Ground Floor of .

Musical Chairs, a political satire A one-man show by Dennis Ascalon

Artist Dennis francis Ascalon artistically documents the recent National Election through his new show, Musical Chairs, a political satire. The show is the artist’s own commentaries and opinions regarding the socio-political condition in the country and how its twists and turns actually makes it ridiculous.

The show mirrors the existing political condition in the country. His works revolve around the playing field and the courses the government takes before, during and after the electoral process, thus, discussing its biases, double dealings and deceitful facades.

 The exhibit runs from 4 June to 24 June 2010 at NOVA Gallery, Warehouse 12A,

La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City. For more information

Dennis Ascalon Musical Chairs