[The Art Report Recommends] 1-Day Events Not to Miss This December


Needing a much-needed break from the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays? Here are three art-related events you need to list into you calendar to help you tune out and tune into our local art scene.

Forum: Where is Philippine Art Heading? 

December 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Art Cube Gallery, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces, Makati City.

The second of a series of forums by Bulatlat Art Forums, this promises to be quite an interesting discussion, based on the title alone.  The panel will include Gigo Alampay, Kiri Dalena, Patrick Flores, and Katrina Stuart Santiago, moderated by Ricky Francisco.

Auction: Paintings by Sanso

December 9, 5 p.m. Galerie Francesca, Festival Supermall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

An auction for a good cause:  Galerie Francesca will hold an auction this Saturday, “Legacy,” of Sanso paintings for the benefit of The Home of Immanuel Project, a community center for individuals with autism and other related disorders.  The preview begins today; cocktails start at 5 p.m.

Art Workshop: Cardboard Shack by Jeff Gillette

December 27, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sining Kamalig.

Visiting artist Jeff Gillette will be teaching interesting ways to make use of cardboard boxes.  Admission is free, but slots are reserved.  Email art@worldexperience.ph to reserve your seat.

In his art, Gillette examines the aesthetic structures and visual patterns of human settlement, such as shantytown style slums of the Philippines, India, and South America.

Jeff Gillette examines the aesthetic structures and visual patterns of human settlement, specifically that of shantytown style slums in India and South America. “To the artist, there is something ineffable behind the obviously chaotic and desperate appearance of these places — a universality of human spirit and a strange beauty which comes out of the necessity and raw honesty of the will to survive.  Despite the seriousness of his observations, Gillette sees ironic and amusing juxtapositions that occur when Disney, corporate logos, and pop icons from consumer culture shows up as building blocks of shanty settlement construction.”

Jeff Gillette has been profiled by KCET Artbound in Los Angeles, as a follow up after he participated in Banksy’s “Dismaland“in Weston-super-Mare, UK.




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