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A brush with art

Artists Pinggot Zulueta and Demosthenes Campos play on texture through the beauty of mixed media

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By Angelo G. Garcia
Images by Noel Pabalate

Artist and Manila Bulletin photojournalist Pinggot Zulueta has been playing with different materials in his artworks—from paper to found objects—for the past couple of years. His surrealist sketches and colorful abstracts have evolved into something vividly different

With guests: National Artist Virgilio Almario (4th from left), starting from right: Silvana Diaz, Mav Rufino, poet Marne Kilates, Grace Bañez, Rod Samonte, Ross and Ellen Capili, Remigio David, Raul Isidro, Jose Datuin, Fil Delacruz, and Gus Albor, and Salvador Ching

With guests: National Artist Virgilio Almario (4th from left), starting from right: Silvana Diaz, Mav Rufino, poet Marne Kilates, Grace Bañez, Rod Samonte, Ross and Ellen Capili, Remigio David, Raul Isidro, Jose Datuin, Fil Delacruz, and Gus Albor, and Salvador Ching

Demosthenes Campos, on the other hand, is known for his “no rules” work, experimenting with different materials in his art. An expert in mixed media, he knows how to harmoniously mix paint with textured objects creating works that tickle the sense of sight and touch.

The two artists recently joined forces to present an exhibition composed of works that evoke perceived sensations. Entitled “Aligned 2: Imperfect Balance, Abstractions, and Assemblages,” Zulueta and Campos dive deep into their artistic language to create layers and layers of meaningful landscapes and striking images.

  • Pinggot Zulueta

  • Delighted guests from left: Edwin Wilwayco, his daughter Moma, and Ramon Orlina

  • Gig de Pio and Aida dela Peña

  • Lay Ann Orlina and Heenam Kim

  • Ramon Diaz

  • Atty. Joel Ruiz Butuyan

  • Demosthenes Campos

    Campos showcases the beauty of scarred objects like acid-bathed metal cuttings and mixes them with interesting fabric textures. The rot and wreck is softened by sprouting plants, budding flowers, and grassy carpets. Zulueta, meanwhile, created artworks from anything he got his hand on back here in Manila and in a recent, very nostalgic trip back to his hometown Tarlac—bestselling books, wooden frames, scarves, musical instruments, clothing, toys, wooden dining chair backrest, burlap sacks, plastic flowers, dried grass, and more. He also used concrete in his mixed media assemblages, lending even more layers of texture and dimensions to the artworks.

    The mixed media artworks paint a different picture and language from the two artists. It is interesting how Zulueta created arresting images out of mundane objects, while Campos melodically combines contrasting textures and colors. Both perfectly used mixed media in creating art pieces that satisfy both the visual and tactile senses.

    “Aligned 2: Imperfect Balance” is on display at ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum in Makati City until today.

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