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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.

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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.

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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.

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It’s amazing to see what new images come out when photographs of seemingly random tree branch formations are arranged in a symmetrical manner.

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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?

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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.

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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”.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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In his pieces of “Manongs”, Kidlat De Guia meshes photos of old vehicles with portraits of hard working men.

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Even Kidlat Tahimik had his portrait taken and mixed with an old photograph of his for a one-of-a-kind throwback picture.

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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.

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