Last week, the sixth floor parking lot of The Link, the building between Shangri-La Hotel Makati and Landmark Department Store, was transformed into this impressive space where 24 participating galleries showcased what Art Fair Philippines dubbed, “the best of Philippine contemporary art.”
Thank goodness, I got to schlepp to Makati last Sunday, on the last day of the fair, and got to see some jaw-dropping artwork from many Filipino artists. I don’t religiously follow the art scene and when somebody asks me what makes a good artwork, my default (and probably naive) answer is that I think it’s very subjective. What you find beautiful, others may find offensive. What I may dream of putting in my apartment, others may think to be kitschy. And if you’re only starting to collect art, a gallery owner once told me, primarily buy the ones you love and not simply because you think they’ll appreciate in value. The ones below, I love, but being able to afford them is another matter. So allow me to simply ‘hang’ their pictures in this blog.
Asphalt. This Gabriel Barredo installation in the Silverlens Gallery was a bit freaky and dark and layers upon layers of heaving nuts and bolts and discarded toys (I spied a Ben 10 action figure)
This photo (and the one below) doesn’t do it justice: many of the parts are moving, the flaps/wings on top of some of the elements of the artwork have a rhythm almost like it’s breathing. The entire installation seemed like a living thing.
One more thing I liked about this piece were the shadows cast upon the white wall behind it. I can only hope that when it finds its new home (yeah, somebody bought it already), it can cast a bigger shadow on a bigger wall. I thought it looked like a shadow of a city in decay. Mad Max, anyone?
Mimefield. Mark O. Justiniani’s impressive piece in Tin-aw Gallery’s booth had everyone looking down…
…it was just about a foot or so in height but he made brilliant use of mirrors and light. Hello, optical illusion
The exhibition of Justiniani’s work will be transferred to Tin-aw gallery in Somerset Olympia Building, Makati Avenue from February 15 to March 1
In the booth of Alto Mondo Gallery, the wire sculpture by Alab Pagarigan (below) draws you in for a closer look
From the booth of Fresh Manila
Untitled 1-10 Collage on plywood by Bernard Pacquing
I’m a sucker for sad-looking dogs
In the Pablo Gallery booth