It is a rare auction lot, with a mix of the standard fare - antiques, blue-chip art, watches and jewelry - alongside fashion and photography. But there are some pieces that have been created specifically for the fundraiser. Here are but a few of the pieces you must watch out for in this weekend’s Gavel & Block auction for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger.
1. Paris-based Ding Gerrous recreated Koronang Tinik, using a camera from the 1800s and the meticulous wet-plate collodion process from the same era. “It is about the fall of man,” Ding says, and the struggle to triumph over trials. Estimate P30,000 to P35,000.
2. Greg Halili’s untitled work, oil on shells with a little Taal volcanic ash. Estimate P130,000 to P150,000.
3. Winner Jumalon’s One in Mind, 25” x 21”, oil on paper. Estimate at P45,000 to P50,000.
4. Russel Trinidad, or Doktor Karayom, articulated his lockdown thoughts through ink on paper drawings, which will be sold as a lot, Estimate at P18,000 to P20,000.
5. Anton Belardo aka Jellyfish Kisses offers A Warm Embrace. Estimate at P14,000 to P16,000.
6. Lynyrd Paras’ mixed media on canvas, Mga Kagat ng Kaluluwang Gutom, 20” x 12”. Estimate at P30,000 to P35,000.
7. Popo San Pascual’s triptych, Manhattan 1, 2 3, acrylic on canvas, 9” x 12”, are remembrances of better times in a place near the epicenter of the US’ Covid battle. Estimate at P30,000 to P35,000 for the lot.
8. Romeo Lee’s spontaneous response to the Enrile memes wasn’t created for the auction, but was created around the time the fundraiser was being organized. But then, why not? It speaks of the times. Estimate at P6,000 to P8,000.
9. Project 20: The gallery decided on participating, with four women artists - Jeona Zoleta, Victoria Yujuico Keet, Aida Azin and Mimi Salibio - hypothesizing on ‘how it will be like, or what will it mean to be a Southeast Asian woman in a post-Covid world.’ It is a question that we will be asking ourselves once the lockdown is over.
10. Ifugao artist Randy Gawwi donated three one-of-a-kind shirts with handpainted art featuring the bulul, also called Tinatagu. Randy, like some of the artists who donated to the auction, is experiencing financial difficulties as well, brought about by the lockdown. It is the reason we decided on flexible donation schemes, so that we can also help struggling creatives. Estimate at P2,500 to P3,500.
Register for the online auction (salcedoauctions.com) to bid on May 23. Beneficiary is Rise Against Hunger (riseagainsthungerphilippines.org), a food bank that has been tirelessly feeding the other victims of this crisis - the marginalized.
The author is also a consultant to the Rise Against Hunger fundraiser.
Salcedo Auctions’ Gavel & Block online auction is happening this Saturday, May 23. Lots 1-58 (interiors) starts at 11AM. Lots 159-334 starts at 2PM. Lots 335 to 559 starts at 4PM For inquiries, call +63917 825 7449 | +63917 107 558