Sneak Peek: Art Fair Philippines 2022 at Ayala Triangle
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Sneak Peek: Here's What to Expect at the Offline Version of ArtFairPH

It opens at Ayala Triangle Gardens on March 23.

by Christa I. De La Cruz
Mar 21, 2022

(SPOT.ph) For the first time since its inception in 2013, Art Fair Philippines 2022 is having a hybrid set-up. While there are virtual shows available through their website, special exhibitions—including the /Projects and /Photo installationsare having a physical show at the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. This outdoor venue in the middle of the bustling Makati Central Business District is transformed into an arts hub from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from March 23 to April 1.

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Everything You Need to Know About Art Fair Philippines 2022
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Here's that to expect at the IRL version of Art Fair Philippines 2022:

First thing to do is make a mental note that this isn’t your usual Art Fair Philippines. There’s no influx of a crowd in an enclosed space, no going up and down four flights of stairs, and no overwhelming number of works of art that you have to soak in in just a day. This year’s edition of ArtFairPH is more laid-back, pandemic-safe, and summer-friendly—especially with the open space and patches of green around to boot.

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The next thing to take note of is where you can enter. While memories of packed elevators and long queues of pre-pandemic Art Fair Philippines are still fresh in our minds, there’s none of that at Ayala Triangle Gardens. There are three gates: one along Ayala Avenue and beside Ayala Tower One, one alone Paseo de Roxas and near the bike racks, and another one along Makati Avenue amid towering trees.

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ArtFairPH/Projects

If you enter along Ayala Avenue (which is Ayala Triangle Garden’s Main Gate if you pin it on Waze or Grab), the first thing to see is ArtFairPH/Projects at the Ayala Tower One area. This ticketed section (P150/head) is designed by Ed Lacson Jr. and curated by Norman Crisologo.

Doktor Karayom
Sariling Sulok by Doktor Karayom
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Doktor Karayom's Sariling Sulok gives visitors an eerie welcome. A handful of life-sized installations face each other in a roundabout set-up. Each piece reminds you of a retablo, an elaborate wooden structure that's often seen in traditional Catholic churches. But instead of oil paintings of Jesus Christ or the Blessed Virgin Mary, Doktor Karayom's retablo-like pieces show disturbing renditions of angels, humans (including babies), and other religious figures. They can also be compared to confession boxes in a church, especially with the presence of chairs in each structure—thus the title.

Aze Ong
Transcendence by Aze Ong
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Aze Ong’s massive crochet piece hangs at the center of ArtFairPH/Projects. Titled Transcendence, it’s made from silk-blend yarn in monochromatic tones of pearl, alabaster, bone, and ash. Every few inches, color-bordered holes—such as lavender (the artist’s favorite), red, and orange—appear along with the outstretched piece, forcing viewers to pause and wonder.

Nune Alvarado
Once Upon A Time in Negros by Nune Alvarado
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Then there's Nune Alvarado's Once Upon A Time in Negros, which is a quick survey of works by the social realist painter from Sagay City, Negros Occidental. He has eight paintings up for display for ArtFairPH.

Johanna Helmuth
Nakasalalay sa Lakas ng Dasal by Johanna Helmuth
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On opposite corners of ArtFairPH/Projects are Johanna Helmuth's Nakasalalay sa Lakas ng Dasal, which features large-scale sculpted resins and three massive paintings on canvas; and Wyndelle Remonde's Aftermath, which are fantastic reimaginations of the future.

Wyndelle Remonde
Aftermath by Wyndelle Remonde
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Aro Soriano
The Elephant in the Room: The Irrepressible Wit and Art of Arô Soriano 
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Significant space is dedicated to a mini-retrospective called The Elephant in the Room: The Irrepressible Wit and Art of Arô SorianoLazaro Salamat Soriano (1943 to 2020) was a painter, sculptor, and art restorer. Recognized as one of the CCP Thirteen Artists Awardees in 1992, he was known for his works that celebrated Filipino folk traditions, including community songs, proverbs, folklore, street games, and rituals.

Ryan Jara
Mga Kwento, Panaginip, at Panalangin by Ryan Jara
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Ryan Jara has three massive pieces for Mga Kwento, Panaginip, at Panalangin, which shows his signature style of realism mixed with cubism. The sepia-toned canvases all show human portraits with exaggerated facial features, toying with the idea of human relationships.

Melvin Guirhem
Entablado by Melvin Gurheim
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Melvin Gurheim is the Karen H. Montinola Selection’s featured artist for 2022. His works are collectively called Entablado, which seems to be a play on human's penchant for performativity—and how it's doing more harm than good.

Bjorn Calleja
"Pieta Tropicalia" and "Son of a God" by Bjorn Calleja
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Bjorn Calleja brings his signature kitsch in four pieces for ArtFairPH. His works are mounted on an elevated part of ArtFairPH/Projects, just above and beside Tyang Karyel’s neon-colored installation called Playtime Paradiso.

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Playtime Paradiso by Tyang Karyel
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ArtFairPH/Residencies

Alongside the ticketed section are works from the ArtFairPH/Residencies, which was launched in 2021 when the fair called on artists to apply for a residency program project.

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Five artists were selected and paired with different art spaces in the country: Derek Tumala at the Manila Observatory in Quezon City, Hannah Nantes for the Linangan Art Residency in Cavite, Jao San Pedro for Emerging Islands in La Union, Alwin Reamillo at The Orange Project in Bacolod, and Faye Abantao at Butanding Barrio in Puerto Princesa. 

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"Chasing Center" by Derek Tumala
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ArtFairPH/Photo

If you’re entering Ayala Triangle Gardens through Paseo de Roxas, follow the covered area of the Serpentine Gardens for a visual history of Philippine fashion photography called "Tattoos, Ternos, and Coutoure."

Photo Exhibit Art Fair Philippines
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Photos
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It is curated by Mark Nicdao, Neal Oshima, Michael Salientes, and Gio Panlilio. Aside from Oshima and Nicdao, also featured are works by Nap Jamir, Lilen Uy, Ricky Villabona, Steve Tirona, Jake Versoza, Sara Black, Jo Ann Bitagcol, Francisco Guerrero, BJ Pascual, Jay Yao, Shaira Luna, Ryan and Garovs Vergara, Regine David, Jack Marion Kapuno, MJ Suayan, ESL Chen, Geric Cruz, Ralph Mendoza, Renzo Navarro, Veejay Villafranca, Tom Epperson, and Cenon and Mav.

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ArtFairPH/Film

This year's ArtFairPH/Film is an outdoor experience, where you can catch digital films at the amphitheater inside Ayala Triangle Gardens. See the latest works by New York-based new media artist Jeremy Couillard, who is known for his humorous narratives about future dystopias. Up for showing is his newest film There Is No Up Or Down, Only Attraction; and three works from his Fuzz Spiral series, which is based on the artist's video game called Fuzz Dungeon.

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AR Art Trail
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Finally, don't skip the AR Art Trail, which is open and free to the public. Just download the data mobile application, which is available only on Apple Store, and scan the QR codes spread out in one of the Garden’s grassy areas.

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And if you just want to lay back, relax, and talk to your friends about all the art you’ve seen, Ayala Triangle Gardens have plenty of outdoor tables and chairs, benches, and bleachers. There’s also WiFi so you don’t miss out on posting online.

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Art Fair Philippines 2022 runs from March 23 to April 1 at Ayala Triangle Gardens, Paseo De Roxas Street corner Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines' website.

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