Artist Profile: Mac Valdezco shows transformation at its finest

Get to know the Art Fair Philippines 2016 featured artist

 

(SPOT.ph) Art Fair Philippines 2016 is back and we know you’re as thrilled as we are. Trust us when we say it will blow your mind as you overdose in Philippine contemporary art—in a way you will absolutely love. As the fair draws nearer, we’ll highlight what this year’s Special Exhibits have in store for you.

 

Let’s get to know Mac Valdezco, one of Art Fair Philippines 2016’s featured artists.

 

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Mac Valdezco is the Karen H. Montinola Selection’s featured artist for 2016, an honor granted to an emerging artist whose work is installed in the reception area of the fair. In 2015, we saw Mike Adrao's creations for the selection.

 

Valdezco's previous exhibits include Metaforms in Avellana Art Gallery (2002), Elemento: Pangunahing Udyok III at Surrounded by Water Gallery (2001), and Ang De-Latang Pinoy-Yes, the Filipino Can at Hiraya Gallery (1996). Her craftsmanship landed her thrice on the shortlisted artists of the Ateneo Art Awards (2005, 2007, and 2008).

 

 

Transformation is evident in Valdezco's body of work. She is fascinated by impermanence: animals changing skin, memories dimming, seasons turning. The changing of forms is what she strives to capture. You can call her practice “repurposing” or “recycling,” but her resourcefulness also applies to the way she breathes life into objects—“extensive labor,” as she calls it. Her art practice may be seen as having three central elements: reverence for material, attachment as the spine of her work, and the ability to transform ordinary objects into beautiful creations.

 

The artist is drawn to sculptural forms and the qualities of different materials. Her works often deal with industrial surplus and factory produced objects, most of which she discovers accidentally. She often stores these materials she's chanced-upon until she finds a use for them, like the rug bindings she transformed into wall-bound pieces. She then turns these mundane objects into a framework for her tightly knit works, nylon ties, and hordes of other plastic objects. Valdezco pays painstaking attention to detail which is what makes her creations as great as they are—with her craft relying on stringing, lashing, or binding media.

 

 

For Art Fair Philippines, Valdezco’s creations will welcome visitors at the two reception areas and stairwells with objects she meticulously put together. These are composed of materials sourced from Divisoria, small cottage industries, and home-based businesses located in the vicinity of her studio in Cavite and in her gallery in Pasay. If you’ve ever seen Valdezco’s work before, we’re sure you were anything but underwhelmed. Expectations may be high for the fair, but we're ready to bet she'll exceed them.

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Stay tuned as we tell you more about the featured artists' bright minds as Art Fair Philippines 2016 draws nearer!

 

Also read: 
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Artist Profile: Raffy Napay weaves breathtaking works of art
Artist Profile: Pamela Yan-Santos offers a place to stop and reflect in a restless environment

 

Art Fair Philippines 2016 is happening from February 18 to 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 5/F to 7/F The Link, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines’ website.

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