Women Faculty-Artists Figure Prominently In “Re-Calibrated”

Seven women artist showcasing their current visual arts practices are featured in “Re-calibrated,” the show of Design Foundation department faculty of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

The exhibit is ongoing at Altro Mondo Picasso in Salcedo Village,Makati City. It will end on Sunday, April 2, with a performance by Benilde student singer Dani Idea at 2pm.

There are twenty two faculty artists exhibiting in a show that occupied not only the Altro Mondo gallery but the entire building of Picasso Serviced Boutique hotel as well. Aside from the third floor gallery, works can be viewed at the hotel lobby and mezzanine, and the six other elevator lobbies.

The women artists’ works, in particular, exemplify the dynamic contribution of women in contemporary Philippine art.

Graphic designer and club DJ Agnes Macasaet shows her mastery of paints and chalk pastel inher nudes and music-inspired abstract art “Noise” series.

Metalsmith Tess Quadra, a Cranbrook grad school alumnae, shows her virtuosity with wire, paper, and vine in three lamps showcased on the gallery ceiling. One, entitled “Rasta,” wittily references the hairstyle popularized by Jamaican musician, Bob Marley.

Textile designer Olivia Lopez merges traditional craft with emerging technologies in her “Re:Surface Phase 1,” a digital print on textile warp. Based on her MA project in the UK, she hopes that this initial exploration may lead to interesting translations of surface pattern designs to benefit local weavers.

Cristina Escario DAHON TRANSCIENCE IN INFINITY (side view) Dried leaves 7 x 4.5 x 3 ft

Interior designer KR Fernandez displays recently-acquired skills in printmaking in her rubbercut prints, “Denial” and “Realization Hits,” inspired by organic forms.

Mervy Pueblo brings her strong grounding in conceptual art from her graduate studies and art practice abroad in the installation, “Anything, Anymore,” where paper strips of written prayers are added as aggregates to solid concrete packets.

Cristina Escario’s “Dahon: Transcience in Infinity” is a massive work of organic found art, featuring leaves fallen from trees in Diliman which she collected over a period of three months. Each were soaked in glycerine, curled and mounted as an undulating surface that occupied an entire wall of the gallery.

Displayed prominently at the hotel entrance is interior designer Hershey Malinis’ “Barangay Masterplan,” featuring rubbercuts of a coastal slum houses as if viewed from triangular mirror shards. Beside it is “Barangay Masterplan – Phase 2” where the same “shards” are this time jumbled up. Side by side the large works provide a rich commentary on our urban perceptions and realities.

Mervy Pueblo. ANYTHING ANYMORE Mixed media 7 x 4 x 4 inches each

Other Benilde women artists also participated in the “Calibrated Acts” performance art pieces held on February 18at the gallery. Associate Dean, Dr. Sunita Mukhi, performed “My Eyes Adore You” while Dance Program chairperson, Christine Crame performed “Canvass” in collaboration with painter, Abe Orobia.

A percentage of the sales from choice pieces benefits Benildes’s Design Foundation department where majors of the School of Design and Arts are taught foundational skills in drawing and painting, and knowledge of art history and theories in the first two years.

“Re-calibrated” is open for viewing daily from 10 am to 7 pm until April 2 at Altro Mondo Picasso, The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L. P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City.

Visit the facebook site “re-calibrated” for more information. For landline inquiries, please contact Ms. Jazmin Tugas or Ms. Evangeline BInarao at the Design Foundation Department, Benilde Arts and Culture Cluster at (02) 230-5100 local 3863, or Kristine Caguiat at Altro Mondo Picasso at (02) 501 3270 to 71.

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