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In Focus: 5 Artists Who Captured Our Aesthetics-Savvy Senses At Art In The Park 2019

In Focus: 5 Artists Who Captured Our Aesthetics-Savvy Senses At Art In The Park 2019

 

By Kate Reyes
Chalk Campus Correspondent

A bit of touché about missing this year’s fair? Frown no more as we show you a glimpse of the visual feast that happened last Sunday, March 17, 2019 at Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati!

Now on its 13th year, the country’s most affordable art fair just keeps on getting bigger and bolder. Full of the most diverse and vibrant hues with laidback tunes being performed live in an open area,  Art In The Park 2019 stood by its mission to make art accessible to all. The fresh and distinct artworks from homegrown artists, galleries, schools, and art spaces surely convinced us that the local art scene is full of life!

Here, we list the five artists who captured our senses and gave us real aesthetically pleasing treat!

1. AR Manalo
Reflecting on the sole purpose of art, AR pours his “meraki” out on every bit and piece of his work through the usage of words, figures, and portraits. “Meraki” is a Greek term which means putting one’s soul, creativity, and love in one's craft. He mainly targets and features the human emotions in his artworks by putting discarded book pages which contains words that would add up and complete the story he wants to tell in his visuals. 

 
 
 
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Defeaning Whispers - Space Encounters Gallery

 
 
 
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Desolate Tune - Space Encounters Gallery.

Trivia: If Defeaning Whispers and Desolate Tune are placed side by side, they form a portrait of lovers arguing, which is recognized as part of a healthy love.

 
 
 
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Every piece has a story to tell is inspired by AR’s recent travel in Japan, as evident in the Kanji text. He features a naked geisha with tattoos all over her body each representing a story from her past.

2. Ikea Rizalon
Her unwavering visuals were quick to capture our hearts as they combine brand new spectrums and traditional handicrafts in one canvas. Bravely exploring different methods in integrating thread works in her paintings, Ikea radically plays with old illustrations, reading materials, and photographs. She equalizes her pieces with bold black lines and vibrant colors while adding embroidery which amount to a symmetry of interdependence and character in all of her works.

 
 
 
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Guest - Blanc Gallery

 
 
 
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Pillar  - Blanc Gallery

 
 
 
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Thoughts Unsaid, Then Forgotten  - Vmeme Contemporary Gallery

 
 
 
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All The Things I’ve Heard  - Ysobel Art Gallery

 
 
 
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Missing Pages - Ysobel Art Gallery

3. Terence Eduarte (Trnz)
His ability to mix and match and revolve around his artistic threshold is viewed through his visuals but felt from within. Trnz plays with the vibrant and innocent nature of his favorite childhood characters Loon and Baby Blue Eyes while portraying the ups and downs of a modern relationship.

 
 
 
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Fly With Me  - Vinyl on Vinyl

 
 
 
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Parallel Looniverse - Vinyl on Vinyl

4. Jap Mikel
Stirring mainly in a brave coalition of pop culture, concept art, and historical fantasy, Jap is a comic fan, a book illustrator, and most importantly a story-teller juggling the combination of visuals and narratives. His favorite topic, the Philippine culture, is indubitably close to our hearts as he breathes life to myths in his works.

 
 
 
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Pantas is about the middle class or ilustrados of the 19th century Spanish colonial Philippines who secretly practice salamangka (magic).

 
 
 
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Bernardo Carpio, on the other hand, is about the fabled giant hero defending the Philippines from kaiju (monsters) during the WWII Japanese occupation.

5. Emmanuel Angelo Sutton
For Gelo, the blank canvas has always been a means to explore. He bravely cruises around to find a new range to build and work on. He believes that “everything that comes after is a bonus.” His works feature a notable abstraction, as he tries to establish the middle ground between adding form and finding the relationship of each object in his paintings. Filling the spaces of a canvas seemed like a manner of rearranging room furniture for him as he experiments on which one would work best according to its function.

 
 
 
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Fractions - Metro Gallery

 
 
 
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Untitled - Far Eastern University Booth

Now that's a chunk from the range of paintings, photographs, prints, and other handicrafts we saw at Art In The Park 2019. Make sure to have these names in your back pockets in case of an art-mergency!

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