AESTHET 1T 16–17 midterm

1. Configuring Print

The artworks I chose are those which the message lies in the titles or is represented as to how an individual would convey it.

· First of which is the “Witnesses” by Florencia Mota where a witness is pertained to compel testimony. Despite the dark side of the situation from which a witness is involved, the artist sought to make the art feel positive due to the colors used and refinement of strokes.

· Second is the “Aquarius and Capricorn” which shows connection between individuals of different zodiac sign. It immediately adheres to the message of the compatibility of a capricorn and aquarius in real life. The artist made use of a smaller structure at the bottom right of the female, which may represent security and comfort towards an individual.

· Third would be Marcelino Rodriguez’s “Man and Woman” showing the body structure of both male and female. In line with this is the sexual interaction between the two from which is shown in a deficit manner where redundancy of details was used to give an illusion. This artpiece also promotes how beautiful everyone is despite various body types and sizes.

· Last but not the least is the “White Horse” by Hugo Yuzon, which struck me the most for I was able to feel the Philippine Culture and the value of the art piece, from how it was displayed to the colors and techniques used by the Artist. The painting shows how Kalesa is beautiful in every aspect and the white horse from the title itself represents purity, heroism and death to the Philippine culture for it is slowly dying.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is the central bank of the Philippine Republic and also its central monetary authority. It may seem unusual to have its own museum for companies of this field however; this showcasing of Filipino Artworks is one way to show the capabilities and talents of Filipinos. The artworks are not displayed for individual appraisal for the different artists but through these artworks, Filipino culture and lifestyle is given respect and value. It is also said that the BSP preserve these different art pieces as a proof to show the different historical periods along with the country’s development and evolution of its currency.

2. Philippine Contemporary

The artworks I chose are the “Portrait of Fernanda de Jesus”, Crucifixion”, “Pitong Gatang”, “Basketbol”, and “Father and Daughter (OFW Series)”. All these artworks are of the Philippine Culture and are still practiced and experienced now a day. These shows how Filipinos lived before and despite the changes today, we were able to adapt the lifestyle before. These artworks are also a reminder for us Filipinos, to keep our culture and tradition specifically Fernando Amorsolo’s “Portrait of Dernanda de Jesus” of how a Filipina is seen before. It shows the modesty of Filipinas and the wearing of the Baro’t Saya, which is the country’s national costume. A unique way of representing an art is that of Nana Buxani’s “Father and Daughter (OFW Series)” which is a usual photograph but a message lies beyond the image. This piece shows how Filipinos are strong despite sacrifices in life, which is the most valued attitude of Filipinos before at times of conflict and problems faced by the country. Separation is not represented as a hindrance for one to be successful in life, which is a very significant life lesson for everyone. Last but not the least is how Filipinos survive the everyday life in the Social, Economic, and Religion aspect. The last three artworks represents one of these aspects and it simply shows how simple it is for a Filipino to be satisfied in life.

3. Metropolitan Museum of Manila is smaller than that of National Museum and there were not much people visiting yet. I believe that the art pieces are a bit more private than those at the National Museum for they do not allow photos to be taken specifically at the second floor. There were two things I noticed that National Museum does not have and these are the presence of videos as art and the interaktiv part for some paintings to allow those who are visually impaired to appreciate the art pieces. Brailes were provided for some details and it shows that art is not only for visual appreciation but the feeling it gives through touching. Both museums are made for the public but these ones of the Metropolitan Museum of Manila provides a way to appreciate art beyond the typical.