In our latest adventure for inspiration, we headed back to one of Baguio’s most-blogged-about establishments, which is none other than Oh My Gulay, for the opening of the latest VOCAS art exhibit entitled Engkwentro.
Engkwentro features J.A. Turla, Kidlat De Guia, and Jason Del Mundo – three very different minds coming together for one marvelous encounter of ideas in this gallery.
J.A. Turla is a great testament of art’s power to heal. Having recovered from a mental disorder, she used her experience as an opportunity to create. In her exhibit, Mirrored Trees, she brings a new spin to the Rorschach ink blot test with flora.
It’s amazing to see what new images come out when photographs of seemingly random tree branch formations are arranged in a symmetrical manner.
Is it a church? Is it a butterfly? Is it a face? The possibilities are as endless as the human imagination. Now tell us, what do you see in J.A. Turla’s photographs?
As Jason Del Mundo introduced us to his exhibit, his most striking words were, “Our freedom as humans is to create things.” Jason is a mixed media artist who believes that anything can be used as an art material.
One of Jason Del Mundo’s series of works revolves around the use of the common katol, for which he has coined the term, “Katolism”.
His exhibit also features a triptych series of paintings, with varying art styles reminscent of the medieval to oriental periods, further displaying his fluid and flexible artistic range.
But one of our favorite pieces from Jason Del Mundo’s exhibit has to be “Ibong Adarna” which seems to be made from intricately cut-out shreds of cloth.
Finally, Kidlat De Guia brings a phenomenal twist to his photographs. Kidlat’s works are composed of two different images hand-woven together to form one image, similar to a double exposed photograph.
In his pieces of “Manongs”, Kidlat De Guia meshes photos of old vehicles with portraits of hard working men.
Even Kidlat Tahimik had his portrait taken and mixed with an old photograph of his for a one-of-a-kind throwback picture.
Each weave and turn is well-thought out and done so purposefully to expose the significant features of each photograph, and the result is a combination of rusticity and sincerity.
In a world of phone filters and apps, instead, these artists put a unique twist on their photos. They see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Engkwentro is a definite must-see-for-yourself exhibit at the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space at Oh My Gulay. Engkwentro will run until July 15, 2016.