It is an art-filled Yuletide season for Iloilo City and gifts for this year will for sure include an artwork.
The year 2018 is a spectacular moment for the arts in this part of the country. The Ilonggo artists is concluding the year with a bang having organized multiple art exhibits for both indoor and outdoor venues and with some integrated with art talks by the artists themselves.
Visitors in the metropolitan art hub couldn’t help but ask if the artists even had a time for sleep or how much sales were attained from purchases of canvas and paints with all the art presentations and programs almost every week of the calendar.
This year was also made significant by the holding of the Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference (ViVaExCon) in Roxas City, Capiz.The event was highlighted by sharing of experiences, practices, and challenges among domestic and visiting artists which eventually strengthened understanding and camaraderie.
The December Art Chart reveals that the Iloilo art scene is winding-up 2018 overflowing with artwork.
December Art Fair
Give art this Christmas is the call of Himbon Ilonggo Contemporary Artist Group in partnership with Eskinita Art Gallery and the Molo Mansion.
Unlike in previous years, art fairs have become an emerging phenomenon which attracts a growing follower of young professionals who are increasingly appreciative of art and who possess the awareness of the value of artworks. Visit the Molo Mansion starting December 14,2018 and score some of the artworks by recognized names in the Iloilo art scene.
Caught in the Crossfire
Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art
Caught in a Crossfire is a first group show by Ilonggo artists at the Hulot Gallery. It will show 13 large scale artworks which express a predominant metaphor using brushstrokes that mirrors the experimental, distinct, confident, and sensitive characteristics of emerging and professional Ilonggo artists combined.
The show will reveal the multi-disciplinary background of the artists. The show will open December 14,2018 and will run until January 30, 2019.
Room 34 is the first solo show by Joemel Mirabuena. Mirabuena shared on canvas and interpreted through installation work his experiences as a visual arts teacher. The collection attempts to convey multiple messages which defends the flimsy cause of Philippine education, at one hand, and by showing the intricacies of teaching students, on the other, in order to drive a point and raise consciousness among viewers on the state of the public school system in the country.
Et Nos Gallery
The exhibit is the third solo show by artist Gina Gigi Apostol. In every solo show, I always wish I could do better, shared Apostol on her Facebook post.
The collection in this show is described by the artist as the “unspeakable unmuted in simple derail of strokes” and which she shares among those “who believe that the struggle for expression in a manner that is unique by being a woman is not a weakness; it is rather a weapon and strength.”
The exhibit is Apostol’s thanksgiving of sorts underscoring how her art maintained her sanity intact in a despicable world. UnMutewill open on December 21 and will be on show until January 17, 2019.
DestiNasyon is a homecoming and vacation show by HongKong-based Christine Socorro Acedera. The show will feature the watercolor collection of Acedera and the 84-year old Lee Chung Ngan, who is under her care.
“Lee Chung Ngan has a skill in drawing so I encouraged her to further develop her art skills,” shared Acedera. Last July, Lee enrolled in a special art class for seniors. Her collection was brought by Acedera to Iloilo in orderto share it with the Ilonggo audience in the show DestiNasyon(Destination). The works highlight how art intersected in the lives of Acedera and Lee hinting that they are destined to meet and eventually share art with each other.
Lee is a breast-cancer survivor and part of the proceeds from DestiNasyon will be donated to Kids with Cancer in Iloilo.
Book Latte Alternative Art Space
Paglampuwas(survived or overcome) is a first solo show by Beverly Aligasen who is a Class 12 student of the Gamot Cogon Waldorf School. She mounted the exhibit as part of her Senior Class Project.
The collection is a way of giving new life on waste materials by the artist as she transformed “found trash, such as; junk food plastic wrapper, old newspaper, and bottle caps” into different artworks.
It is considered an upcycled art for the original use of the material is ‘levelled up.’Creating art from trash is my way of helping the environment,” explained by the 18-year old artist.
Paglampuwas will run until December 21, 2018.
Artivism 2.0 – Sta. Filomena and the Sea
Arroyo St., Villa Arevalo
Ilonggo artists brought to the street of Villa Arevalo the neglected practice of waste segregation by the Ilonggos at the household level and it illustrated its impact to our oceans and marine life in Artivism 2.0.
The street art was mounted this time on the walls along Arroyo St. in Brgy. Sta. Filomenain the coastal district of Villa in order to raise awareness among residents of their affinity to the sea and what are the negative impacts of a deficient waste segregation and improper waste disposal to the sea and aquatic creatures.
The community art engagement was intended to increase consciousness among the public regarding the plastic problem of the country with the Philippines ranking third in the world as a major contributor of plastic waste to the oceans.
The street art was organized in December 8 to 9, 2018 and participated by Ilonggo artists.