ArtBGC Festival 2016: This KFK mural is going to be Instagram-perfect

The festival also features installation art by HOT TEA.

KFK mural BGC


( We love how art these days doesn’t have to be hidden in a hard-to-find gallery, but instead displayed in a public space, allowing ordinary people to see it on their way to work. This is the driving force behind ArtBGC at Bonifacio Global City, which is spearheaded by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. The festival is now on its second year, and is ongoing until May 21. 



Done in collaboration with L.A.-based art consultancy LeBasse Projects and Honeycomb Communities, the event invited international artists PastelFD, Andrew Schoultz, HOT TEA, Bunnie Reiss, Aleks Kocev, and Blaine Suque. Representing the Philippines are Kris Abrigo, Trip63, and KFK (who won the ArtBGC Open Call).


We talked to HOT TEA and KFK about their work and inspiration for the festival.


Art BGC Hottea



Art BGC Hottea

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Eric Rieger or HOT TEA is known for creating art out of yarn. He is currently building his installation on palm trees at Bonifacio High Street (which will be up by today, May 20). "I want them to experience that space in a new way," he said.




So why yarn? He says it just happened naturally. He remembers his grandmother and how she used to teach him how to knit when he was around five years old. For him though, yarn is not just for knitting, but it can create art that can get people involved. Visitors can go under the yarn and almost touch it but it will be too high for them to do so, he said.


He hopes that his piece will make people encounter art in a personal and emotional manner. "I want them to not just see an art piece but to experience it," he said.



Artist group KFK (made up of artists Kate Quebrar, Fulgencio Bermejo III, and Katrina Almalki) is working on an artistic sanctuary. Originally, they proposed to paint the words "Today is a great day," but when they saw the space that was allotted to them, they realized that they had to redo their concept. Their site at B1 on Lane O is a corner, so they thought it would be perfect for the words "May you find comfort here" and surround it with floral illustrations. "It will be like a secret garden," said Kate Quebar, one of the group’s members. 




Words are the starting point of creation for their group. Before they begin any project, they ask themselves two things: What message do we want to relate? What do we want people to feel? The message that they settled on for BGC is something that they hope will resonate with people. "Each of us [has] personal struggles," said Quebar. "You just have to find something in you that can bring you back to life."


During the festival, you can also try the free daily Alveo Art Tours, which will take you from the old and new mural sites. The meeting place is at the Alveo showroom along 28th Street, and the time slots are 5:30 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m and 5:30 p.m. on weekends. Only 20 people can be accommodated per tour, so make sure to register at BGC Art Tours 2016. Want to find all the murals yourself? Here's a guide.




For more information, visit ArtBGC's website or follow BGC on Facebook, Twitter, and their official event Instagram account.


Photos courtesy of ArtBGC and by Christa De La Cruz (KFK mural)

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