By John Legaspi
Cultivating its legacies from the pages to the gallery, The Manila Bulletin celebrates Filipino artistry with “The Collective.” Drawing inspiration from the book Filipino Artists In Their Studios, the exhibit features different art forms, from paintings and sculptures to metal works and glass carvings, in partnership with two of the country’s premier galleries, Art Anton and Galerie Francesca.
First published in 2015, the book features 75 local artists in their sanctuaries, with glimpses to their processes as they dabble into their creative world. With portraits taken by Pinggot Zulueta, the book was well-received, paving the way for the publication of a second volume in 2018 featuring 75 more artists.
“The Manila Bulletin believes in the ability of the Filipino spirit, and such spirit is best reflected in great works of art of Filipino artists,” says executive vice president of The Manila Bulletin Sonny Coloma. “We at The Manila Bulletin pledge to carry on with our mission of informing and inspiring our readers by continually sharing with them the masterpieces of these artists as well as insights on how they create their magnificent pieces in their natural space. As we witness the works of ‘The Collective,’ we urge our friends, who will be viewing this exhibit, to imagine how our artists devote themselves to the creation of art that inspires and moves.”
“The Collective” displays the works of 24 artists from the two galleries. It aims to reflect the Filipino ethos of bayanihan, solidarity, and community, giving a diverse view of art in such an elegant venue, that is S Maison.
Playing with contrasts, the art pieces are curated in an array of beautiful oddities that intrigue the eyes and the minds of viewers. Walking through the Art Anton display gives a sense of realism, with paintings and figures mirroring the universe. But go the other way around, and you will see the abstraction and absurdity the display hides.
As we witness the works of “The Collective,” we urge our friends, who will be viewing this exhibit, to imagine how our artists devote themselves to the creation of art that inspires and moves.
Galerie Francesca’s merges the grace and delicateness with the rough and industrial metallics. From a lady made of metal caught in motion to paintings depicting the colorful Mindanaoan culture, everything is curated based their differences making nothing out of place.
Gracing the launch of the exhibit were SM senior vice president for Marketing and Communications Millie Dizon, president of Art Anton Atty. David Leonides, managing director of Galerie Francesca Susanne Tiausas, and Building Administrative officer of S Maison Khristian Mike Cosinas.
“The Collective” is open for viewing until Aug. 29 at the ground floor of S Maison.
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