Art Fair Philippines 2016: An Experience
I’ve heard of Art Fair last year and I’ve failed to visit, so I am beyond excited and ecstatic that I have no excuse to miss it this year!
Cuckoo Sanctuary by Jetro Rafael of Van Gogh is Bipolar — according to sources — was like a sneak peek of his restaurant in Quezon City.
It’s not your typical gallery where the artworks can be quantified. Sure you can count the artist’s work but that’s not the whole point of his exhibit. The gallery looked like a bedroom. This bed is the first thing that welcomes you:
Inside, there’s a bike, a lot of paintings, a handful of pictures, a giant mirror with writings on it, and shredded brown paper (I’m not really sure if it’s paper) scattered all over the floor. Most of his works displayed are faces with splashes of colors. This is because of the artist’s condition which makes him literally see colors alive on people’s faces. It was a condition he feared at firs which he later embraced.
Out of the 40 exhibits, this is the exhibit that really stood out for me because I felt the connection with the artist’s personality. I feel like I somehow got to know the artist just by being at his exhibit. Plus, it’s my #roomgoalz in case I decide to have a house by the sea. The place is air-conditioned but the way the ‘room’ was designed made it look breezy. I may have missed the message being conveyed, but I think there’s no message being conveyed; just Jetro’s way of introducing himself to people and showing what it’s like living in his shoes. The exhibit space was limited but he definitely made the most out of every meter.
The writings on the mirror is the story of the artist. I love the idea that he wrote his story on a mirror. It’s so symbolic. He’s like saying, “this is me, this is who I am.”
Special Exhibit 1: Structural Downpour
A sponsored project of Globe in collaboration with Mark Salvatus, he came up with a participatory project wherein anyone could post their “masterpiece” on the wall of shaded coins which looked like constellations:
They’ve set up a table and provided pencils, pieces of paper, and tacks.
In an interview with Philippine Star, Mark said, “I’m asking random people to trace their coins, kung ano meron sila in their pockets that time,” he says. ‘Yung mga coins na yun are connected to coins from all over the world… Of course, Art Fair, kung pupunta ka diyan, alam mong art makikita mo… On another layer, it’s really about economy or the trade of money. But for the viewers [of the works] who aren’t collectors or buyers, what is the trade?” he asks. “I see Art Fair as a place of trade, not only of money but also trade of ideas, concepts.” (source: http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/2016/02/18/1554069/mark-salvatus)
I loved the concept of this project. I went to the Art Fair to be an observer and to admire the works of the different artists, but I didn’t expect that I’d also have a share of my ‘creativity’ even if it’s just a tinnie tiny bit of contribution. It made me feel like I left a part of myself in the Art Fair. This project wouldn’t be put up if people didn’t participate — so in a way, for us who got involved in this, we are connected in each other through this project. It’s a win-win situation for everybody! It’s a clever advertisement for Globe because it represents their tagline “abot mo ang mundo!” through the coins coming from different parts of the globe (see what I did there hehehe) and at the same time, the visitors of the fair weren’t simply observers, but they also had a chance to display their creativity! Yay!
Special Exhibit 2: Raffy Napay’s
I didn’t know who Raffy Napay was ‘till I came across his exhibit. How can anyone not notice this and not be enticed?!
His works are beyond amazing. I got so caught up being in the the black room which is why I’ve only limited shots of his works. Hey, it’s the experience that matters the most, right? He proved that amazing creations start from humble materials. He used thread and sewing to come up with these stunning works:
It was definitely a phenomenal experience inside the black room. I enjoyed staring at the glow-in-the-dark portraits plus the tassel-like effect from above. At first it’s amazement, but once I got the hang of it, I was like “awwwww” when I realized it was the artist’s family being portrayed. I find it clever that Raffy used sewing and thread because from how I see it, these two represent cooperation, complementary, and wholeness in order to form or come up with something. It’s like a family — cooperation is needed amongst the members and the differences of each individual are what makes them complementary to each other and at the same time they have to endure these differences to keep the family together and whole. I came out of that exhibit a learned woman and not a confused one LOL.
Other Favorite Exhibits
Martha Atienza’s Fair Isle 59°41'20.0”N 2°36'23.0”W
Mark Justiniani’s Infinity series
The Mabini Art Project
Nona Garcia’s Before the Sky
Pieces I would love to have at home
in my dreams LOLZ
It was a tiring trip but it sure was fun with these three: