diskurso.com's Noteworthy 25 from 2015
diskurso.com's yearend list of noteworthy stuff it encountered in 2015.
photo by Post Gallery
CURATOR SIDDHARTA PEREZ'S NOTEWORTHY 7 FROM 2015.
CURATOR LIAN LADIA'S NOTEWORTHY 6 FROM 2015.
27. STARRED MESSAGES: Field Trip Project Asia: Philippines
photo by Daisuke Takeya
Kinds of Relief
on Field Trip Project Asia's take on the randoseru as relief carrier
diskurso.com interviewed Field Trip Project Asia: Philippines' curators on the third day of the exhibition at the U.P. Vargas Museum and briefly reviews the show.
26. STARRED MESSAGES: The first Critical Platforms forum
The State of Philippine Art Writing According to Six Art Writers
a diskurso.com-covered forum
diskurso.com covered Art+ magazine's Critical Platforms: A Forum on Art Criticism in the Philippines last October 17, 2015 at the U.P. Vargas Museum. The forum's panelists included our very own V.I.S de Veyra who delivered a brief talk on the AlDub secret.
25. THE OBSERVATION DECK
"Blind monks examining an elephant", an ukiyo-e print by Hanabusa Itchō (1652–1724)
Blind and Deaf Men Around an Elephant
On the role of writers, editors, publishers and the art community in the formation of a living art critical culture
diskurso.com editor V.I.S de Veyra's brief talk at Art+ magazine's Critical Platforms: A Forum on Art Criticism in the Philippines, held last October 17, 2015 at the U.P. Vargas Museum. The talk is here published with adaptations.
24. LANGUID POWWOWS (a diskurso interview-with-artists series)
The Philosophy Qua Mother Art
a diskurso.com interview with abstract painter Bob Nuestro
diskurso.com interviewed the painter during his twenty-second Philippine solo show, at Quattrocento Gallery at The Shops at Serendra, and covered the problems and potential of Philippine abstract art.
23. LANGUID POWWOWS (a diskurso interview-with-artists series)
Renewing a Language
a diskurso.com interview with Art Renewal Center-awarded Cebuano painter Orley Ypon
diskurso.com got wind of Ypon's first solo show care of AltroMondo Arte Contemporanea Gallery at Greenbelt 5 and arranged for a video interview with the artist. Here we also offer a brief take on the collection.
22. SOME FOCAL LENGTH
photo borrowed from http://artauction.pro/?page_id=30
How Artworks Gain Notoriety:
Isang Belated Defense sa Emergence ng Auction Houses Bagamat May Pagtatanong Kung Pupuwede Silang Ma-Regulate
21. CRITICISM OF CRITICISM
photo borrowed from https://paderewski.wordpress.com/tag/heneral-luna/
Ten Problems with Mistaking the Lunar for the Solar
a review of some reviews of Heneral Luna
20.STARRED MESSAGES: Strangely Familiar
Sea Nymph | Jonathan Benitez | collage on paper | 11 x 8 inches | 2015 (not displayed at the ArtGalileia show)
a first encounter with Jonathan Benitez
diskurso.com caught up with the Manila first-timer, Palawan-based artist Jonathan Benitez, at ArtGalileia Gallery (at The Shops at Serendra) on the second day of his inaugural Manila solo show titled "Strangely, Familiar", quite in time before his departure back to his home island the very next day.
19. STARRED MESSAGES: Unhedged
Of Manicured Topiaries and Confident Hedge Funds
(or, The Great Leap Forward of Alwin Reamillo)
diskurso.com caught up with the artist a week and a half before his installation show at Tin-aw Art Gallery closed, getting enough time to talk to the artist about his project before he ran back to his studio to work on a piece for an upcoming show in Taichung.
18. LANGUID POWWOWS (a diskurso interview-with-artists series)
"Damn, That Was a Long Road!"
an endless conversation with Angel Velasco Shaw
diskurso.com caught up with Ms. Shaw after months of trying to meet up with her for an interview, mainly about her politically-charged happening called Markets of Resistance.
17. STARRED MESSAGES: Xiao Time Live at Sining Saysay
Singing To Us New Songs (On the Epical Image of Our Lives)
a diskurso.com observation of Philippine history painting's renewed role as we tagged along to the Sining Saysay exhibition segment of historian Xiao Chua's guided tour, Xiao Time Live!
16. STARRED MESSAGES: Curating-in-Depth 2
The Cures of Curators
a diskurso.com coverage of the second day of the Curating-in-Depth 2 series of symposia at the Blackbox, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde School of Design and Arts. Day 2 was last August 4, 2015.
Modern master Romulo Olazo, 1935-2015
14. SOME FOCAL LENGTH
Notes on the Traffic of Political Art
Here's diskurso.com's coverage of Concerned Artists of the Philippines' and Planting Rice Curatorial Platform's forum titled "If Art Is a Hammer" at Artery Art Space last August 1, as our contribution to the virtue of spreading some news on the continuing adventures of political art.
Buen Abrigo's Seeming Art and Gallery Painting's Alienation
diskurso.com was at the July 4 launch of the new show by young painter Buen Abrigo, titled Line of Flight, at the Blanc Gallery (along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City). Here's a recap of what we saw and our internal Facebook conversation concerning the show the following day.
Man of Steel | Mideo Cruz | found objects, industrial materials | size variable | 2012
No Shock in the Box
At the last minute, diskurso.com accepted the invitation of notorious artist Mideo Cruz to be present at the July 4 launch of his new show, titled "Cyborg Republic", at the Blanc Gallery along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City. Here's what we saw.
11. THE OBSERVATION DECK
What We Need to Need (To Keep Moving Forward)
Los Angeles-based Filipino artist Eliseo Art A. Silva waxes patriotic to the UCLA Filipino graduating class of 2015 when he is invited to keynote this year's culmination theme, “Keep Moving Forward”. This is the full text of that short but epochal speech.
10. ARTISTS' WELFARE
Above, a team begins a serve at the volleyball semis. Below, guest artist Alwin Reamillo during his artist's talk.
Manny Garibay's 5th Artletics
a diskurso.com coverage
A diskurso.com crew covers the fifth Artletics meet held at De La Salle Lipa from April 11-12. Featuring videos of the artists'-welfare campaign speech by film actress, comedian and political activist Mae Paner and the artist's talk by guest artist Alwin Reamillo.
Poetry on body and earth struggles by Bohol-based artist-poet Fatima Lasay.
8. FACEBOOK FACEOFFS
One of Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dogs" (1994-2000)
On Originality in Art, The Primal Gaze, and the Sublime
Cabanatuan-based artist Gromyko Semper Facebook-chats with New Zealand-based art critic and historian Andrew Paul Wood in the former's search of a new-old ethos amidst all the new puns and ironies.
7. STARRED MESSAGES: 1st Bakawan Arts Festival
A Field of Questions (and Answers)
or, Interviewing festival convenor Manny Garibay
The diskurso.com core team, consisting of diskurso editors Jojo Soria de Veyra, Marcel Antonio and Simkin de Pio, co-star in a video chat with painter Manny Garibay, the star founder and convenor of the ongoing University of the Philippines Diliman-based Bakawan Arts Festival. Diskurso went to the interview venue intent on getting to the bottom of Garibay's "bakawan" concept, and we were not disappointed.
6. THOSE GOLLIWOGS CALLED GALLERISTS (a diskurso interview-with-gallerists series)
Mainstream? What Mainstream?
-- An Interview with Kitten Chanco
In this first edition of our Those Golliwogs Called Gallerists series, our diskurso.com core team chats with the director of a gallery network's interesting cafe and gallery branch inside a university campus. We're agog to know the secret behind the branch's ability to survive all these past 25 years, amidst all the auctions and major-gallery art fairs all over town that we thought were the only measure of an alive art trade.
5. STARRED MESSAGES: Manufacturer's Advice: Content May Vary
Chris Gomez | Missing, Kapayason, Manggagamit, Poste, Runner, Playground, Summer Hunt, Reflection (series) | various media | various sizes | 2015
Refrigerate After Opening
In this, our first starred art show, we're reading---with inspirer Alwin Reamillo---political art historical contexts for the present as well as the future. This scan of the Tin-Aw Art Gallery-instigated Manufacturer’s Advice: Content May Vary exhibition also comes with ten videos.
All Is Fair in Art and War
Art critic Samito Jalbuena reflects on the "martial art" of Anton del Castillo.
3. FACEBOOK FACEOFFS
Salubong: The Problem with Juxtaposition
In this our first Facebook Faceoff, our principal staff---accompanied by the erstwhile controversial installation artist Mideo Cruz---chat/meet with a new object of controversy, painter Dante Hipolito, and end up reiterating the poststructuralist notion upon structures' "value-laden" and "ethno-centric" order and meaning as illusory, superficial, and relative. They conclude that, in a real democracy, the conflicts upon an artwork's meaning must be appreciated as very much a part of the artwork.
2. BRIEF ENCOUNTERS
In this first entry into a new section we've unimaginatively called Brief Encounters, our editor-in-chief, accompanied once more by our publisher, ventured to attend a small-press expo for indie writers and comics artists, ready to be surprised or bored.
1. LANGUID POWWOWS (a diskurso interview-with-artists series)
from left to right: Dioquino, our diskurso editor, and our publisher and creative director
Vince Dioquino: A realm beyond the rulers
In this second edition of Languid Powwows, our editor-in-chief and our publisher/creative director talked to a budding young poet we thought everybody should be watching from this day forward.
3.LANGUID POWWOWS (a diskurso interview-with-artists series)
2 jars of cookies, from Brian Sergio's series titled "Readymade remakes 1999-2002"
Brian Sergio: Painted Words?
In this first edition of Languid Powwows, our ambassador Simkin de Pio chats with controversial artist Brian Sergio at the latter's Fairview, Quezon City house.
2. THE OBSERVATION DECK
Julian Spalding in front of a Damien Hirst installation. (Photo borrowed from The Daily Mail Online at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/)
Modernism Will Never Ever Happen
Jojo Soria de Veyra tackles Jeff Koons, Roger Scruton, Tom Wolfe, Julian Spalding, Marxism, democracy, the free market and Philippine contemporary art.
Ged Merino: Beneath the Surface, Structures, and Scratches
by artist and critic Jeho Bitancor, on the occasion of New York City-based Merino's solo exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
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