IN PHOTOS: The classic, the quirky, and more at ManilArt 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The traditional, the unusual, and the whimsical all found a stage at the ManilArt 2017 this weekend. Idyllic scenes on canvas, luminous paint, moving sculptures, giant marble eggs, carved ostrich eggs, LED display art, and more could be found at the exhibit of over 30 galleries around the Philippines, including a Singaporean gallery.
ManilArt Foundation, together with the Bonafide Art Galleries Organization and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, brought together both new and established artists alike, including National Artist Benedict Cabrera, more popularly known as BenCab.
Now on its 9th year, ManilArt’s theme this year was “The Philippines as an ASEAN Cultural Powerhouse.” The event, held at SMX Convention Center in Taguig City, showcased Filipino artists’ contributions to the art scene in the region.
Even from outside the convention center, pieces by ManilArt artists were already visible at the mall, as well as at the entrance of the event.
The galleries inside the event displayed both conventional and unconventional art.
Some of the traditional subjects were created with a fresh approach through the materials used.
Some artists also paid homage to established foreign artists by recreating their works.
Meanwhile, some artists used conventional materials but had unique subjects or interpretations of them.
Abstract paintings also had a fresh take.
Some artworks, on the other hand, used both unique materials and subjects.
Some of the artworks at ManilArt move, too!
Below are kinetic wood sculptures by Cris Eguaras.
AADA’S LED display art “Amble, Pace, Trot & Canter” is actually a moving optical illusion, according to the artist.
ManilArt also had its share of foreign artists.
Aside from the exhibit, the October 12-15 event also featured artists’ talks, workshops, live art demonstrations, performances, and art appreciation tours. – Rappler.com
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