Be prepared for an art attack this Chinese New Year weekend. Visit the Art Fair Philippines 2013 at the 6th level of The Link (carpark), in Ayala Center, Makati from February 7-10 and enjoy the visual feast showcasing “The Best in Philippine Contemporary Art.” There are 24 galleries and art groups participating, with big names as well as up and coming names in the Philippine arts scene being represented.
A visitor to the fair may be in for a sensory overload, as there’s quite a number of artworks on display at the carpark-turned-art-gallery for the weekend. One cannot miss the San Miguel beer crates used as frames for different found objects by Peewee Roldan, the “bulol” or rice god sculptures in unusual poses by Ronald Ventura, the fascinating and creepy moving collection of sculptures by Gabby Barredo, the colorful pop art from Secret Fresh, the intricate work of Eugenia Alcaide using thread on silk, and Kenneth Cobonpue’s stylish furniture pieces. One also sees the continuing influence of religion in Philippine art, as seen in the smattering of works with religious inspiration.
Fair organizers aim for more Filipinos to know and appreciate the works of our talented artists, some of whom are also getting recognition abroad. Art enthusiasts can only hope to have this art fair yearly or more frequently, if possible. My friend T and I had fun going through the artworks, taking pictures along the way. It was refreshing to see artworks in an unusual environment where we saw and felt a youthful vibe; so unlike the stiff and formal setting of a museum.
Art Fair Philippines also includes special lectures at the Ayala Museum and public displays of artworks throughout Makati City. Admission fee to the Art Fair is Php100.