Art collectors and enthusiasts, get ready for another round of Art Fair Philippines. For it’s seventh edition, there will be a mix of commissioned work and existing pieces from different artists. There will be 36 galleries from the Philippines participating, including Artinformal, Vinyl on Vinyl, and Secret Fresh. Along with them will be 16 international galleries from Japan, Singapore, and Vietnam.
If you’re making your way there next week, stop by the central space of the venue to see David Medalla’s A Stitch in Time. This is a collaborative piece that allows viewers to “[sew] a trace of themselves onto a huge swathe of canvas.” This is definitely on my to-see list. Mauro Malang Santos’ son Soler Santos has chosen some of his father’s prints and drawings to be featured as well. These will depict Malang’s Women and if from the family’s private collection.
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BPI presents David Medalla | #ArtFairPH/Projects 2019 Once considered as the enfant terrible of the art world, #DavidMedalla is now its grand old man, having tirelessly contributed an extensive body of work-ranging from painting to performance to kinetic art to any of its exquisite combinations-for more than half a century. From a global perspective, Medalla is probably the most well-known and respected artist from the Philippines, if not the region. For his exhibition, Medalla stages "A Stitch in Time", a participatory work of art that gives the viewers the freedom to attach any keepsake-be it a photograph, a poem, a promise-on a 15-meter long canvas, suspended in space like a hammock or an "inverted rainbow." Its genesis can be traced to the handkerchiefs Medalla gave to his ex-lovers in the late 1960s, telling them that they could sew on them any of their beloved objects. Since then, the work has been unspooling its multiple strands of transient, portable histories across the globe, from London and Lisbon to Manhattan and now Manila. ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2019 22-24 February | 10am – 9pm The Link, Ayala Center, Makati www.artfairphilippines.com #ArtPH #art #contemporaryart #Philippines
For this year’s recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Selection, it is Liv Vinluan. She “appropriates the volumizing power of textile design that has enthralled her by transforming a single roll of paper, called Stonehenge Vellum, into a three-dimensional Structure.”
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Karen H. Montinola Selection: Liv Vinluan | #ArtFairPH/Projects 2019 The recipient of the Karen H. Montinola Grant, #LivVinluan appropriates the volumizing power of textile design that has so enthralled her by transforming a single roll of paper, called Stonehenge Vellum, into a three-dimensional structure. With both ends connected, the work conveys the illusion that it is floating in space, propped up by clear acrylic support and suspended by strings-a continuous, organically-shaped loop that features tableaus of sketches. With both sides of the paper drawn on, the viewer combines and recombines images from the different segments of the roll. By offering no beginning or end, the work heightens its conceptual thrust that it "is endless. You can look at it from anywhere, it wouldn't have that fixed orientation. It's just one thing." It is a saga with no protagonist and no discernible plot, composed only of simultaneously unfolding phenomena, contravening the linear progression of history. ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2019 22-24 February | 10am – 9pm The Link, Ayala Center, Makati www.artfairphilippines.com #ArtPH #art #contemporaryart #Philippines
After checking out some art, don’t forget to stop by the different ArtFairPH/Talks to further educate yourself. There will be many topics covered including a talk by Kathy Galitz who is a specialist on late eighteenth and nineteenth century French art.
Following last year’s success, ArtFairPH/Photo will also be back for another edition. This aims to “boost support for photography as contemporary art and expand its collectibility among Filipinos.” A perfect place for aspiring photographers as well.
This year’s Art Fair will be held at The Link Carpark from Feb. 22 to 24. That is a week away so there are other events in store for everyone till then. 10 Days of Art is also back and it starts today. During this time, you can visit participating galleries, restaurants, bars, and retail establishments to get into the Art Fair mood. These include public installations, exhibits, as well as musical performances. Check out their website for all the details because there’s a lot to cover.
Now that you have the information you need, don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance here so you don’t waste any time in line. Will we be seeing you there?
Photo courtesy of Art Fair Philippines’ Instagram account
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