Visual artists give back for Sagip Kapamilya

By Caroline Howard, ANC

Posted at Aug 07 2014 07:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2014 06:49 PM

"Sining Para sa Pagbangon: Bigkas ng Tula sa Saliw ng Pinsel" art exhibit. Photo by Caroline Howard, ANC

MANILA -- Art is a gift, but for several artists, visual art is also a way of giving back.

For two weeks this month, until August 22, ABS-CBN University, in partnership with the Art Circle, will be holding "Sining Para sa Pagbangon: Bigkas ng Tula sa Saliw ng Pinsel," an art exhibit for a cause at the Green Room at the ground floor of the ELJ building in the ABS-CBN Compound.

Armed with paintbrushes and canvas, artists are rising to the occasion and giving back. Thirty percent of the sale of their artworks included in the exhibit will go to the benefit of ABS-CBN's Sagip Kapamilya campaign and help with the continuing task of rehabilitation and recovery in Yolanda-hit areas.

The exhibit coincides with the graduation of the first batch of graduates from the ABS-CBN University's Liberal Studies Program. Launched earlier this year, the university offers specialized courses to the network's employees.

The first batch of graduates from the ABS-CBN University's Liberal Studies Program. Photo by Caroline Howard, ANC

During the opening night on Wednesday, participating artists interpreted six works selected from the university's Reading Literature class. All of the proceeds from the resulting paintings will go to the benefit of Sagip Kapamilya's outreach in Yolanda-hit areas.

Manuel Baldemor interpreted ABS-CBN president and COO Charo Santos-Concio's poem culled from an entry from Wikipedia: "The moon/ most luminous object in the sky/ size almost the same as/ of the sun/ a coincidence/ the debris left over." It was a serendipitous choice considering he was working on a lunar theme for his Mexico series.

Other artists also created works on the spot.

Known for caricature paintings that use art as a modern record of history, Oliver Marquez, did a humorous take on Enrico Santos' "The Afternoon I Learned the Use of Sex and Excrement," a dark short story meditating on a young boy's first exposure to unspeakable truths.

"The Afternoon" by Oliver Marquez. Photo by Caroline Howard, ANC

Iconic artists Dolphy and Babalu figure prominently in the piece as does kilawin which gives the short story its powerful and unforgettable opening.

Levi Yu works with a reading of Melai Monge's "Her/ Him" for a visual rendition using abstract expressionism.

Anton Mahilum applies abstraction to depict the fury and confusion in Kriz Gazmen's "Red is The Color of This Long Street Called EDSA" reminiscent of Metro Manila's recent carmageddon.

"Red is the Color" by Anton Mahilum. Photo by Caroline Howard, ANC

Schooled in the classical figurative tradition, Nilo Badajos used his expertise with light and shadow to depict Ruel Bayani's poem "Pagal ang Katawan": "Pagal and katawan balikat at lugmok hapong hapo ang utak nakadayukdok bigo, sagot sa tanong mailap, maramot kaluluwang tumatangis makulimlim, madilim." To it, he added the Bible verse Romans 8:28 for a hopeful note.
 
Eberle Catampongan departs from his traditional use of rustic Filipino villages and uses footprints to symbolizes differences in Biena Magbitang's piece "Of Love and Hate."

For inquiries on the paintings in the exhibit and the fundraising effort, call Sagip Kapamilya at 634-3305 to 06, or Art Circle Gallery/Allan Ronquillo at 0910-5590869). You can also check out www.artcircle-gallery.com.