On its sixth edition, ManilArt 2014 is being held at the SMX Aura Convention Center from October 16-19 as it features bolder and edgier pieces from both renowned and rising artists who go beyond regions and challenge genres.
Here are my favorite pieces that brought me feelings of trance and somewhat in meditative state.
Glass sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist, Ramon Orlina. This was the very first collection that caught my attention when I entered the exhibit area. If I had enough time, I’d stay longer just to stare at these beautifully carved glasses. Then I learned the artist has recently opened his own museum of artworks, Museo Orlina in Tagaytay which gives me another reason to go on a small road trip down south of Manila.
Jose Tence Ruiz shows the different hearts of historical icons through oil on primed linen: “Hesukristo – Pusong Sagrado”, “Andres Bonifacio – Pusong Leon”, “Hitler – Walang Puso”, “Cory Aquino – Pusong Mamon” and “Manny Pacquiao – Pusong Dynamo”.
Three-time Palanca awardee and visual artist, Migs Villanueva has brought her portraits of children to life by adding details to what were once abstract backgrounds that you could feel yourself inside the frames. The portraits gives a narrative story as you go from one to the next bringing nostalgic memories of your childhood.
The moment I stepped in the Secret Fresh booth, Christian Tamondong’s The Bird of Venus collection made me feel like hearing the music of splashing waves as I run naked along the shore. Really, really refreshing!
Note: Photos have been edited and have altered the colors of the original art pieces.