You know that building in Makati that has walls that light different colors at night? For those who do not know, it’s called The Link. And as fascinating as those colors may sound, what was inside the building last February 7-10 was 50 times more. Three Philippine art advocates Trickie Lopa, Lisa Periquet, and Dindin Araneta made modern and contemporary art accessible to all by gathering 24 art galleries and groups at The Link car park last week.
From rendering Chinese activist Ai Weiwei as an art toy to replicating 1700s photos or making a 3D person out of copper wires, the immensely talented artists in Art Fair Philippines 2013 made it a struggle for me to choose a favorite. Mark Orozco Justiniani‘s Mimefield that experimented with mirrors was spectacular. “Pillar” was hypnotic, making it seem like the viewer was looking into a boundless pit below. Another standout was Asphalt by Gabriel Barredo. It felt like I was in a dark, sci-fi movie. We also saw a couple of STATUS Mastermind alumni Dina Gadia, Louie Cordero, and Dex Fernandez‘ works. And Leeroy New surprised everyone with a performance piece that made the guests dance with and touch each other. (Don’t ask; you had to be there.) They didn’t call it a multi-layered experience for nothing.
I’d like to thank the organizers and sponsors because these events make things easier for me (smirks); I took note of the artists who deserve a spot in the magazine.
For those who went, hated it? Loved it? I hated how I didn’t buy anything. I loved the art and how this fair didn’t have any red carpets. The flowing cocktails? That was extra cool.—HITGIRL