The beauty of an art is interpreting a good story of each piece.
Every time I went out and the place is new to me, my always first stop would be churches and museums nearby. Seeing those prime attractions to visit let me understand more their culture and heritage.
When I started to explore museums here in the metro, its a different horizons of learning that depicted more the meaning of life can offer. Reflective I may say as I experience to stop and think. Example is the Lopez Museum located along Ortigas Area.
Visiting Lopez Museum again is a twist of different thoughts on how to express their arts, this time with a theme “Grounded”.
I used this word always to my children as a form of punishments removing their desired things to do like no television or surrendering their gadgets in a span of time. This made them difficult to cope up thus making punishment effective.
With the collective works of different artists like Toym Imao, Alma Quinto, Goldie Poblador, Eric Zamuco, Barbara Hlali, Ahmed Alshaer, Khaled Hafez that interpreted the word “Grounded” as a literal and metaphorical take of crookedness and interventions would take those leap while remaining still at the same time.
Too many artworks that play around with my thoughts at that time. Still, I have my favorites that struct me even it is simple or complicated. but moreso I love more the participation of being interactive.
- Alma Quinto’s Jutay research project that draws upon the insight from Pasig River warriors among other parties with a stake in deprivations about education. This was expressed thru a classroom type gallery where door entrance were patches of woods, chalkboards, chairs and tables.
Guests can scribbled around the board and can also create their symbol by using those dried leaves that were scattered, cut its shape and glue it on the brown paper. They can write the meaning in a paper and insert it in the CD sleeve then pin it.
Those leaves are considered to be a trash. But giving a meaning out of it made each one a reflection to rekindle the true meaning of yourself despite the lack of something to give.
- Goldie Poblador’s Ang Simula ng Pagsibol expressed in a glass piece sculpture. What made me enjoyed with this glass sculpture is the keep of changing of color from green to red when I touched it . This glass sculpture has a delicate plant in a glass tube with phosphor and neon gas placed on a pedestal.
The main objective in creating this glass art is to focus on the importance of preservation and conservation of life forms. The touch signified of giving time to those life forms to grow and glow.
- Josephine Turalba’s Scandals is an art work of sandal slippers made of bullet shells. I have tried to wear them which at start is too cold yet comfortable in my feet. When I started to walked with it in the wooden platform, I felt the heaviness yet squeaky in every steps. I removed it immediately. Maybe because it was uneasy that made me think a painful yet miserable feeling on how many lives where taken with these bullet shells.
A reflective feeling in times of war that one has to adjust and even there is discomfort, still one has to move forward.
- Toym Imao’s works like “Diyos, Choose, Dues” that is made of fiberglass, sawdust and silica located at the center of the museum.
It was a great feeling to have an artist present during our tour that fully explained to us more the meaning of their works. According to him, this is a result of happy accident that got those similar works of Da Vinci’s works in Sistine Chapel in Rome. God’s hand is coming from the ground reaching to man’s hand and in between is a cootie catcher.
Many blessings and challenges are keep on coming as represented by cootie catcher as offered by God. Still at the end of each choice, we have the option to get what is best for us.
- Toym Imao called P/Flight is a fiberglass art sculpture by a human being figure of both – body of a man and a head of woman about to fly with lot of tattoos around which represented our OFW. According to him, those tattoos are markings of the airport floor plans all over the world.
OFW are said to be grounded for the sake of their family’s dream – undeniable choice which is the purpose of giving the best as what the future lies. Those tattoos for me are considered to be hurts every time they made this decision.
- Other works that captured me with this room were Eric Zamuco’s “Not of Water, flesh and blood” and Toym Imao’s “Ship, Shift, Strip”
This is a colorful ceiling installation of gestural imprints on plexi glass where set of figures are embedded created by Zamuco. It is a treasured expression of taking time to adjust in living abroad while studying master’s degree.
Imao’s “Ship, Shift, Strip” is a timely inspiration from Tubbataha Reef that started to damage when a US warship was stock.
Lopez Museum is the home of art works such as Amorsolos, Lunas, Hidalgos, along with Manuel Blanco’s Floras de Filipinas, and period images from the Ambassador Jose Teodoro bequest and among others.
This is the fourth time I visited the said museum and still those works that I have not seen before still amazed me. The museum is keep on showcasing a gallery of arts that associated with the theme that made me to come back more and more to view it. According to them, there are almost hundreds to discover more.
Grounded Exhibit will run from Feb.22 – August 3, 2013.
To personally meet the artists, do come to an afternoon of museal neurosis: Grounded Artist Talk on March 9 from 2:00-4:00pm with Toym Imao, Josephine Turalba & Eric Zamuco.
Part of the topics that will be discussing by the artists Imao, Turalba and Zamuco would be their processes, choice of materials, subject matter and the challenges and possibilities of art as engagement.
Here is the event page event for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/484672454914209/
Registration fee for the lecture is Php 120.00 (students Php 100.00).
Lopez Museum is located at at the Ground Floor Benpres Building cor. Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig.
Telephone Nos: 631-2417/ 635-9545
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