Alliance Française de Manille and 1335MABINI with the support of Centre Intremondes La Rochelle, Mairie de La Rochelle and Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine present "We...human body", a solo exhibition by French photographer and current artist-in-residence Annabelle Muñoz-Rio.
For Fitz Herrera, the canvas is more than just a medium for self-expression; it’s also a means to connect to people and affect them positively
text by Cid Reyes
Of late, we have met a number of artists distinguished by their expatriation, either by choice or circumstance, familial or economic. Each of these artists’ lives contains a narrative that is nuanced by pain and poignancy, failure…and in quite a happy few, success and triumph. Among that intrepid and heroic breed of Filipinos known as OFWs (to even spell it out would suggest that the reader has been living under the rocks) are yes, artists, who have long sacrificed their art, lain dormant by the more practical demands and exigencies of life. Some have visited the country for an occasional show, but others have decided, in their wisdom and more mature age, to return for good, and indeed, for the good of their art.
Text and photos by Franchesca Lesaca
Vast, dreamy, and strange worlds of two internationally awarded artists Maxine Syjuco, and Roby Dwi Antono collide at the Criminal Lullabies exhibit at Galerie Stephanie, expressing contrasting elements of beauty, and the dark realities of the world.
Art+ sits down for a quick chat with Roby Dwi Antono and Maxine Syjuco to learn about their creative process.
This September 2018, the surreal worlds of two internationally awarded artists collide in the two-man exhibition “Criminal Lullabies” to be held at Galerie Stephanie. Roby Dwi Antono, the Indonesian pop surrealist whose collectors count Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami and American fashion designer Jerry Lorenzo among its ranks, collaborates with Philippine neo-surrealist painter, poet, and performance artist Maxine Syjuco to explore their individual strains of style that find parallelisms in subverting expectations, finding light in darkness, and using children to depict truths of the world.
“Criminal Lullabies” will have its Opening Reception on the 26 th of September 2018 at six o’clock in the evening at Galerie Stephanie, 4/F Shangri-La Plaza, Mandaluyong.
"My works are the direct transmittal of my overwhelming emotions at this given time which yearns to see and understand possibilities that are perhaps more desirable. I fill the surfaces of my canvas with contents, colors, lines, gestures, and smears, and splotches, all of which constitute my assuredly formal and matured sensibilities in my medium. What permeates in my works is the presence of unrestrained freedom.Yet with all the aesthetic expectations of formality such as texture, materiality and process, my work resonates and abounds the qualities and the sense of effortlessness. All the while, I retain to purify and perfect my techniques as I persistently interact with my canvas, and my tools also ever paying close attention to the physical qualities of my paintings in the end. Expectedly, I continue to set aside logic as lens to realities. As an abstract artist, I always been devoted to feelings and this is evident in how I allow myself to play with psyche and unconsciousness and speak earnestly and straight forwardly from my heart to share my inner views of existence." - Fitz Herrera
Up-and-coming Filipina artist Celeste Quilantang debuts with her first solo exhibition in Singapore, Even a cat may look at a king, at Pinta Contemporary Art Space on September 30 to October 30, 2018. The show is part of the 12th edition of Philippine Art Trek, an annual art festival celebrating Filipino artistry in Singapore, sponsored by the Philippine Embassy. Pinta Contemporary, a Filipino artist space joins the festival also in its maiden year.