"Find your bliss, follow your dream and achieve your mission." This is the mantra of master pastelist Alex Bugsy Sibug. And this advise will sit well for the select students who will join Sibug’s upcoming pastel drawing workshop, the Popped Out Pastel Drawing Workshop, as they achieve their mission to create multi-dimensional and well-detailed compositions using the pastel medium.
Text and photos by Maia San Diego
When you hear the name "Is Jumalon", you would probably think, “She must belong to the family of artists.” In fact, she does. “It’s a nice kind of hell,” says Is, referring to the experience of living under her family’s shadow. She finds that having artist relatives keeps her grounded, and focused on her purpose. Now, it’s time for the spotlight to shine on her as an individual. Through her bold strokes, Is has definitely established her own terrain - away from the influence of her family’s name, and fearless, as one may say, in facing possible criticism.
Text and photos by by Sheryl Quiambao
Philippine sound art is at its baseline stage – but it’s worth listening to.
It was like getting into a laboratory. The place you see in movies where the walls are white and quaint objects making unfamiliar sounds. The exhibition notes stated that the show defies the typical definition of a Manila art show. All these were different - theme, method and medium, at least to this one viewing it for the first time. Here, the artworks are not objects but the sound the objects make. It was indeed, a laboratory, if such word in the arts still applies.
text and photos by Jennifer Tagasa Benson
There was something about Pete Jimenez’s exhibit, "Oh Baby, Baby it’s a Wild World" that made me think of ex-boyfriends. About that one guy from your past who was always so sweet and reliable. He liked to carry your bag, bought you flowers and opened doors for you. You know, the one you broke up with because you thought he just wasn’t cute or exciting enough. You thought, someone better one will come along.
Text and photos by Nicole Lasquety
"Studio Studies" which is on view at Vargas Museum allows us to get a glimpse of what goes on in Dy's studio. A studio is a place where concept gives birth to creation. The art objects--what were once studies--now take on a new context in the gallery.
Text and photos by Dirk Flores
Pete Jimenez’s exhibition Oh Baby Baby It’s a Wild World, which ran from June 28-July 22 at the Finale Art File – Makati, showcased repurposed media taking on new, interesting forms. The show, whose name is inspired by the Cats Stevens hit song, showed us how Jimenez reconfigures found metals into abstract art pieces.
Text and photos by Mara Fabella
Today’s art world offers an abundance of abstract paintings. It is against this saturated backdrop
that the unique visuals of Gabby Prado stand out. In her first solo show, "Visual Diary: Synesthesia," Prado uses dynamic mark-making and vivid hues to communicate her experiences as an artist with both a hearing impairment and synesthesia.
Text and photos by Chesca Santiago
It is a habit of the nostalgic and the sentimental alike to associate people with the places that they find themselves in. Whether it is with whom you once shared company in a certain place or just someone who holds likeness with the sights and smells of a place you’re in, these people usher in new meanings – welcome, or otherwise - to the places that one visits. And Anton Belardo’s Jellyfish Karaoke is surely a tender case.
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