Artsy Fartsy

I know I promised I would write about my Valentine weekend out of town trip, but something came up so I was forces to stay in the city this weekend – my fangirling friend forced me to watch the local variety show because she was not able to secure tickets to her favorite loveteam’s concert.

That’ll be tomorrow, but still, we have to be at the studio early to make sure our VIP seats won’t be taken by other people.

Also, my bride to be friend was supposed to have her final fitting this morning

but the designer cancelled at the last minute, thereby, giving me a free Saturday.

There was nothing left to do but check my social media accounts, and unfortunately, the Pacquiao – LGBT saga isn’t over yet. So I just posted an open invite on Facebook asking people if they have Saturday plans and if they’d want me to tag along with a postscript that I take good pictures.

Luckily my high school classmate, who was also online, sent me a message asking me to try TWG with her.

I declined coz that’s too expensive and I’m one of those few people who detest going to fancy coffee shops just to try their latest coffee / tea mixes (although sometimes, I go to Coffee Bean).

I remembered there was an Art Fair in Makati, so I suggested we just go there and practice our social climbing skills.

National Art Month

February is National Art Month in the Philippines – actually, I only knew about this a couple of years ago when I started checking out the Art Fairs in Makati. So there are a lot of activities lined up all over the Metro – there’s FringeMNL (the one I went to last year), this Art Fair, some film showings at UP Diliman, and many more.

Since I didn’t really prepare for this weekend, I chose the nearest and probably the cheapest one – the ArtFair in Makati. Although, some of FRINGEMNL ‘s

activities are free, I don’t have the luxury of time and energy to go to these other venues (signs of aging, I know).

Art Fair Philippines

Founded in 2013, Art Fair Philippines is the premier platform for exhibiting and selling the best in modern and contemporary Philippine visual art. The fair aims to mirror the vibrant local art scene and continue to generate support for Filipino art practitioners. Set in an alternative urban venue, Art Fair Philippines makes art accessible to enthusiasts and to those who want to discover one of Southeast Asia’s most exciting art landscapes.

(This I copied from their website)

But as I said earlier, I also consider this a venue to practice my social climbing skills lol. Why? Well, for one, most of the people who go here are those who can really afford the expensive creations on display. I could still remember the first time I went to the fair, it was still being held in the Salcedo Park and social climbers like myself aren’t that easy to spot. I’m telling you, I know how to blend in lol. I saw politicians, celebrities, some of the “movers and shakers” of the country.

And although it’s far beyond my stature, I still felt like I belonged. But since the event wanted to generate more awareness to the Philippine Art Scene, these celebrities used their influence in bringing people in. Soon enough, their Instagram accounts were filled with photos of paintings, sculptures and other creations. I guess this is what prompted their followers to, well, go and visit the fair as well.

Honestly, I really am not an “artsy” person nor do I know how to study these paintings.

I even laugh at some of them, because they
Actually look to simple and could be made by an eight year old.

I just want to breathe the same air as the who’s who in the community, lol.

This is my second time visiting the art fair since last year, I went to FringeMNL’s events. This is also their second year in occupying the floors inside The Link – that building in front of Landmark and Glorietta.

And since I’m already there, I whipped out my camera and took some (ig-worthy)snaps of the artworks that caught my interest. Here are some of them:

I must reiterate- I am not a professional at this, nor am I an artist myself; not even an art connoisseur. All my observations are amateur lol.

#Art #artfairph #dayreartists

These is the first thing you’ll see once you’re inside the fair. I believe these are paintings of sceneries you will find in the Philippines?

And then this one is something I liked only because of the rainbow haha. Now I can see a skull that somehow looks like a heart because of those arteries, then there’s a rose and butterfly wings… I just thought of it as a perectly dark Gay artwork lol.

A heart!!!! But I didn’t check what it was made of lol. Sorry 😦

This one was entitled “Resisting Temptation”; and I initially thought of it as a modern interpretation of the wicked witch offering Snow White that red apple. I later realized that this was Snow White with a gas mask and she is the one trying to resist the temptation. Or I maybe wrong? Haha, you tell me.

There’s Something about apples and wings that draws my attention…

Two strategically placed sculptures. Tsk tsk. Let me know if I should remove this one (hope no kid checks out my account)

An amazing sculpture of a man! He looks real. Super real.

And lastly, my favorite – this to me, looks like angels descending from heaven.

I wish I had money to buy these artworks. But nah.
Maybe not yet now.

There are a lot more artworks displayed in the three floors that they occupied. I just didn’t take photos of everything. They’re running the fair until tomorrow, but they’re holding this every February. So if in case you want to visit, it’s a great place to treat yourself to some visual “food” 😉

They charge P150 for the entrance fee.

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