My passion for Batanes still lingers even if I’m back in Manila. When I received an invite for the opening of the art exhibit “Kaynakman nu Ivatan (Treasures of Ivatan)” I decided to attend since the place is near my area and I’m very much interested on how the artworks look like. The art exhibit is at Galerie Y in SM Megamall. It was a simple opening, nothing fancy and let the art speak for themselves. I got to talk to some of the young and talented members of Yaru nu Artes Ivatan group whose works are displayed, namely Xavier, Jaypee and Javier. They are all based in Batanes but have been in Manila since the first week of April to prepare for this exhibit.
It was interesting to look at all the artworks. Like photography, each of these artist have their own visions and interpretations of Batanes. Xavier’s visions of fusing the mystical columnar rocks and slice-of-life sceneries was a surreal. Jaypee’s abstract depiction of an Ivatan women and a group of farmers with vibrant colors and geometrically balanced fine lines where truly eye candy. Victoria’s impasto rendering of irregular patterns, colors and pointillism has a pleasingly playful effect. Those were just some of my favorites in the exhibit.
Treasures of Ivatan
Kaynakman nu Ivatan (Treasures of Ivatan)
Galerie Y, Bldng A, 4th floor, SM Megamall
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Exhibit runs from April 23-30, 2014
Participating Artist: Xavier Abelador, Virgilio Gordo, Victoria Abad – Kerblat, Leslie Joy Merina, Marrel Pajanil, Javier Ponce
Jaypee Portez and Mary Grace Loreto