There were 3 car park floors (5th, 6th and 7th) that housed all the art gems during the 4-day art fair plus a roof deck where food and drinks were served, this addition I must say, made the venue all the more conducive to visitors. The floor areas were converted and subdivided into booths of different galleries to showcase their art pieces from renowned and talented Filipino and international artists. The over-all design was well thought of not just for aesthetics but also for the convenience of the attendees. There were cushioned stools, benches and couches spread sporadically and strategically in the huge area where one could rest while staring at a masterpiece. More importantly, there was enough space to huddle or roam around with a group, enjoy a glass of wine while satiating the hungry eyes with all the beauty around and even manage to take selfies with a stick despite the busy foot traffic!
The spectators, I noticed were predominantly young art enthusiasts usually clad in cool rugged tees and jeans or shorts with their sling bags and back packs versus the more mature ones dressed in fashionable casuals. One noticeable, common denominator 'though was that almost everyone had a powerful camera dangling around the neck, if not, armed with selfie sticks and the ever-reliable handy phone cams. It was a mixed audience of art lovers.
Art indeed is universal.
The massive art collection was an impressive display of various media: paintings, textile prints, sculpture, film, photography, audio art/engineering, furniture, interior design and more! If there was a time and space allotted for live performing artists, it would have been complete! I stayed for about 5 hours with only an hour break yet I was not able to take it all in; one day surely was not enough! It was great that a favorite Chinese restaurant was located on the ground floor. During my late lunch, while nibbling on scrumptious Pork-Leg Bihon and sipping on hot tea, I looked out the glass paneled window and was quite amused by the excited faces of the people lined up around the restaurant's perimeter. They were animatedly chatting with each other without a tinge of annoyance for the long wait. I actually felt the pulsating, vibrant energy of exhilaration in the air!
Caveat, art can be intoxicating!
Enough with the semantics, let's go visual! Here are just a few of the best art pieces on exhibit:
Ferdie Montemayor's series of black and white panel painting entitled "Go!" occupied the Pinto Museum's Booth. Those familiar with his artworks would immediately recognize the unique style imprint even before checking the artist's name. The horse race depiction successfully portrayed movement and speed on a still canvas! Simply marvelous!
Check out his other creations at the Pinto Art Museum. Below is "Panalo" a black and white, 3-panel series painting of a triathlon (swimming, cycling and running). It clearly narrates the multiple stages and sequential endurance disciplines of the sport. You can feel the power, motion and speed despite its stillness in black and white.
|"Panalo" (Winner) by Ferdie Montemayor displayed at Pinto Art Museum|
|Now, this is what I call, Ngiting Panalo! (Winning Smile!)|
|"Oneiric Time Piece" a series of monochromatic oil paintings by Marc Aran Reyes|
Art is immortal!
|Posing with "Mary Magdalene" by Agnes Arellano|
The Mary Magdalene stood calm and proud with closed eyes and welcoming arms. She showed a stigmata and a slight "rise" on her belly. There were a lot of mystical stories told about the controversial Mary Magdalene but none would dispute her beauty, wisdom and femininity. Here's one I found on http://www.templechryses.org/mm.html:
"Mary (Roman replacement of Miriyam) was born of Royal Heritage in the Palace at Magdala, meaning the High Tower. Magdala is two miles north of the city of Tiberias, along the lakeshore on the Sea of Galilee. The area was an important agricultural, fishing and trade center. Her father’s name was Cyrus (validity in Greek), who was King of the Benjamite Tribe. It is to be noted that each of the 12 tribes of Israel had a King and each tribe represented an astrological sign. The Benjamite Tribe’s Sign was that of Sagittarius, whose major aspect is Wisdom, the Feminine Aspect of the Gods. Their gemstone was a Topaz and their flag contained the 12 colors of the Zodiac. The Sagittarius sign is in the ninth house in the Astrological Wheel that coincides with the Immortal Stage, "The Rise" (or fifth) stage in the Great Cycle of Life. Mary Magdalene, born to the King of the Benjamite Tribe supports the World DivineIdeal, the announcement of the New World Collective Ideal, the Rise Stage."Below are the other 3 Goddesses Kali, Inanna and Dakini.
|Kali - Hindu Goddess of Time, Creation, Destruction and Power|
|Inanna - Goddess of Love, Wisdom, War, Fertility and Lust|
|Dakini - A tantric sky dancer.|
|Ladies admiring Orlinas|
|You can see right through it!|
|A set of jade green abstract glass sculptures by Ramon Orlina|
|An Elegant Orlina|
|Maxine Syjuco Creations|
|Shorelines 1, 2017, Oil on Canvas by Iyan De Jesus|
|To sing the praises of the man behind the wheel, Series # 1-4, |
Ink on Canvas by Vic Balanon