22 February 2015

ARTpreciation: Art Fair PH 2015

 After visiting BenCab Museum, I realized that I really do like art, and not in a "there has got to be some deeper meaning behind this" kind of way. It's really just relaxing to look at paintings, and there's that awe and admiration on how artists come up with such wonderful works of art. Let's just say I'm a frustrated artist.

It was quite an interesting Art Fair this year. I have to admit that I was more attentive and focused on looking at the artworks this year than I was last year. I prioritized taking photos last year but this time, I took a moment to really look and appreciate the work of these wonderful artists.

There were two exhibits that stood out for me:

Nunu Fine Art: WHITE by Marc Aran Reyes

"[An attempt] to show the beauty that lies in emptiness as a form of decompression -- from life's encumbering weight and poison."

"A While"
Oil on Canvas
36 x 60 inches
Oil on Canvas
48 x 60 inches

Oil on Canvas
48 x 60 inches

Art Verite: Curiouser & Curiouser by Daniel dela Cruz

I've seen his works in last year's Art Fair. That is if it was him who made the Alice In Wonderland inspired sculptures like this one:

It looks just about the same. Same inspiration with a different approach.

"How Long Is Forever? Sometimes It's Just One Second."
Mixed metals, glass, quartz clock with LED lighting
on a wooden base
29 x 29 x 72 cm
"We're All Mad Here"
Mixed metal sculpture in glass on a resin base & top
35 x 35 x 215 cm

"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then."
Mixed metals
27 x 21 x 21 cm

"But I don't want to go among mad people"
Mixed metals with wooden box & glass
56.5 x 29 x 87 cm

I realized that taking photos of an artwork is art in itself. Well, photography IS a form of art nowadays. However, the beauty of an artwork cannot be captured fully by a machine with lenses in it. You have to see it for yourself.

Evening Dress by Iya Consorio

Some of the paintings I admired:

(Help me find out the title and name of the artist pls!)

"Between the Lines" by J Pacena II
Mixed media (archival print, acrylic and pastel) on canvas
48" x 36"

Vinyl on Vinyl
by Iyan de Jesus

"Siliphanapsilip" by Lynyrd Paras
After seeing his work in BenCab museum, his name has become very memorable to me.

"Pragmatic Dream" by Kim Oliveros
Oil on canvas with paper origami
48 x 42 inches (diptych)
Who doesn't like arts and crafts that goes well with a painting?

Now this one, done by friend's professor, was done by hand, using a ballpen. Can you believe that this he drew that exact bird by hand using just a ballpen over a couple of wooden planks?

"Please step on the art!"

There was a freedom wall on the 2nd floor of the exhibit where they ask, "What is art?"


While going around, my friend and I were actually discussing how artists sometimes beautifies even the description of their artwork. Makes me wonder if it's even necessary to put meaning into things like this? I mean, it is what it is. Art speaks for itself.

However, they are artists. They express themselves in art and in writing. They are free to do what they want to do even if that means making a bull statement. I like reading them though, the short ones, that is. Guess they put meaning to their art to make it worth something to other people.

Oh crap, I've become pretentious haha

And at the end of this blog, I feel like I have been influenced by an artist with the way I expressed myself. I'm pretty sure I don't write this way. Is this the effect of art?

Visiting a museum can be very relaxing especially when with the hustle and bustle of daily life around you. It's nice to just take a breather and focus on something else.

Why don't you visit Ayala Museum for some down time? I hear the Pinto Museum also looks nice. If you're with your children, try the interactive Mind Museum.

03 February 2015

Baguio Backpackers: Ben Cab Museum

For a more relaxing activity, try visiting Ben Cab museum!

Admission to the museum
General: Php 100
Student: Php 80

How to get there? Below is the map from BenCab. If you plan to commute, hire a cab. I don't think there are a lot of taxis passing by that area without a passenger.

Tip: When you plan to hire a cab, group the places that are near each other so you can take your time and not rush.

You can also take a jeep to Asin road from the jeepney terminal near Baguio market.

There's not much to say but... visit the place! It's really interesting. If you enjoy looking at artworks and paintings, or you want some quiet time, you should check it out.

Tin seemed to have enjoyed going around the museum, playing around with the statues:

"Whistle Blower" by Orley Ypon
Oil on canvas, 24x36in

I, too, played around with the statues:

But the paintings really fascinated me:

"Back Side" by BenCab
Acrylic on canvas, 2014, 32x24in

"Chinamoy" by Cawaon Cablog

"Huwag Mo Damdamin Ang Mga Bagay Dahil Ang
Bagay Walang Damdamin" by Lynyrd Paras

Some of the other paintings I liked:

" Sleepwell" by Yao Sampana
Oil on canvas, 2014, 24x36in

"Nowhere" by Olan Ventura
Acrylic on canvas, 2014, 36x24in

"Benguet Houses" by stevesantos
Water color on paper, 2010, 55 x 76 cms

It was about lunch time when we finished going around the museum so we decided to grab a bite at Cafe Sabel.We had Chicken Pesto Panini and Hungarian Sausage Pasta.

The cafe was pretty cozy. It was quaint and colorful, with a couple of paintings on the wall.

Lemongrass Iced Tea (Php 70)
Chicken Pesto Panini (Php 100)

Honestly, I don't know much about Benedicto Cabrera (Ben Cab). There was one thing I was curious about: Who is Sabel in Ben Cab's life? There were paintings of her or were named after her, the restaurant was named Cafe Sabel, it made me wonder who she was. His wife, his first love, his only love, his inspiration... his muse? Found the answer here.
[In 1964] Observes and sketches from his window in Bambang a bag lady/madwoman/scavenger named Sabel. To him she is a symbol of dislocation, despair& isolation – the personification of human dignity threatened by circumstances. Undergoing numerous transformations over the coming years, she becomes a landmark for every stylistic painting transition.
During his first solo exhibit of oil and acrylic paintings at Indigo Gallery in Mabini in 1966, he introduced the character of Sabel.


I'm definitely going back to check out the Farm and Garden.