Midterms: Art Fair 2017

Prior to my visit to the art fair, I already chose the artists I‘d check out since I knew there would be a lot of patrons and galleries to visit. Indeed, I was right to prepare for the worst. My experience as not the worst though. In fact, the Art Fair as well-thought of and organized. Their crowd control strategy had worked for everyone’s benefit.

I got to the Link past six in the Saturday evening. I immediately noticed the long line and proceeded to fall in line. I knew it was for the Art Fair just by looking at the sheer amount of the crowd. After about 15–20 minutes of waiting in line, I got to enter the building. The atmosphere was quite amiable. It wasn’t as chaotic as I thought .

Here’s my newly-purchased Art Fair map which guided me throughout my walk alone in the Fair.

Hello from the Art Fair!

Outlandish is an understatement for Maria Jeona Zoleta’s installation art. She used mixed media to open the discussion n sexuality using neon and present-day jargon. Her art tells a story about the acceptance of homo-sexuality and the superiority of women. Her work implies her feminist views, although debatable. I find her works to be bold as they speak the thoughts of the youth with regards to their sexuality. I think it’s important to note that we are in a generation emerging from the borders built by the ones who’ve come before us. We are a generation of acceptance of expression and identity. To speak of power through love and togetherness is what makes us, us.

It could be an eye or something else…

A holographic art like this, depicts a bunch of mermaids keeping a trove of bones under the sea. It also displays a group of seafarers fearing their lives yet enchanted by the charming women of the seas.

I sat here to watch Telephones by Christian Marclay where he compiled clips of people talking on the phone. In the Art Fair, this is my personal favorite. It’s a quirky montage with long transitions showing the many different ways humans try to communicate with each other, both as the sender and receiver of the message. It also shows the different eras of film connected through the wires of the telephone.

I found the MO_Space gallery at the 7th floor of the Link. The photo on the right is of the Teenage Marble Discharge by Louie Cordero. He used automative paint on resin with his art. This piece to me is a representation of the anxious teenagers that we are.

Here’s another piece from MO_Space called Confections by Gale Encarnacion. This piece to me is about our internal body parts, mainly the digestive system, being damaged by the cakes and pastries we continuously eat.

Turning away from the gore, we have Black and white by Elaine Roberto-Navas. This is one of her many bear paintings. Personally, I relate to her works because I, also, am fascinated with furballs we, as used to play with as children. Althogether, MO_Space’s pieces delves with the memories of our youth.

In comparison to the National Museum, the Art Fair was definitely more young; not just as an establishment but also in the works presented in it. I feel hopeful for the contemporary art of the Philippines as there are many people interested in advancing the art. I found the Art Fair more hectic that I felt like I couldn’t sit and stare at an artwork for too long. The crowd was not bad at all. They were quite respectful of other people’s spaces and were really interested in the art they saw.

Furthermore, I found the experience worthwhile. Having to have planned where I was heading was really helpful seeing as though there were too much works to see in one visit. I’m grateful for my short visit and I cannot wait for the next one to commence.