I’ve always loved art. I think it’s a great way for people to express themselves, as well as show others a different kind of perspective. So I was happy to be invited to my first exhibit last week when Ortigas & Company, in partnership with Eskinita art Gallery, held its first ever Ortigas Art Festival hosted at Estancia Mall, in line with the National Arts Month.
They transformed the Estancia Bridgeway into an art space, featuring exhibits of contemporary art from different artists here in the Philippines. One of which is Allison Wong-David’s creative and insightful steel works.
Displayed in the middle of Estancia Bridgeway was her work called “Refuge,” an installation of two big wooden boxes connected through a narrow passage and enveloped in stainless steel. Its roofless and bare structure was meant to invite people to take a breath from the daily rush, letting them just be in the moment. The stainless steel encapsulating the installation serves as a mirror to reflect its surroundings and is also meant to pique people’s attention and make them notice what’s usually ignored.
Another one I was impressed with was the series of artworks by up-and-coming artist Anthony Victoria called “Coping Mechanism.” I was amazed by how he turned aluminum into his canvas. His art—in the theme of science and technology—was etched into the material.
It was very original and unique for me, as it was the first time I’ve seen something like that. I was more so impressed with how he infused science and art together.
More artists featured in this exhibit are photographer Helen Mirasol—her photographs of simple, beautiful things displayed in a space enclosed by mirrors—and established watercolor artist Peter Sutcliffe.
There are also solo and group exhibits by Tuklas, Biskeg, Kalye Kolektib, and Eskinita Kontemporaryo.
The art festival runs until March 26, with various interactive activities for free, lined up for visitors interested.
Here is the lineup of activities for those interested:
March 4 & 25: Peter Sutcliffe’s Watercolor Tutorial
March 11: Ato Habulan’s Alla Prima Painting Session
March 18: Kalye Kolektib’s Live Art: Mural Making