The three of us first came together sometime May, Katrina Tuason Cruz of Rogue Magazine, Dindin Araneta of Art
Cabinet Philippines, and myself. We met to discuss another project that never did pan out, but in the course of our discussions, we hit upon the idea of putting together a scholarship program that would initially focus on the visual arts. Art lovers all, we felt that every budding artist deserved the chance of a formal education. The Philippine art scene somehow manages to remain vibrant and engaged despite the huge obstacle of almost no government support. Filipino visual artists make do and produce spectacular work in various media. We felt that the lack of financial means shouldn’t be a hindrance to committed individuals intent on contributing to Philippine art. We hope to encourage this via Art On The Verge.
We launched Art On The Verge through a fundraising exhibit at the newly-opened NOVA Gallery in Pasong Tamo, Makati. Businessman Charlie Cojuangco generously allowed the use of his new space for our purposes. An avid art collector, Charlie set up this gallery to support the endeavors of artists in his native Negros. I think this gallery, with its intimate proportions and subtle design details, will turn out to be one of the most
interesting spaces in Makati. Artist Sandra Palomar, Charlie’s gallery consultant, envisions the place to be a venue for shows and artistic discussion.
Artist Anton del Castillo worked very closely with curator Patrick Flores to put together Conquistador, this exhibit of Anton’s latest work in his signature medium of oil over gold leaf. He parlays
his continuing interest in war and warfare into this show of wall-bound works and free-standing sculpture. In the words of Patrick, Anton “… selects three artifices to convey this outlook: the toy soldier, the map, and the maquettes of military hardware.” Through his artisanship, Anton imbues what would otherwise be rugged machines of destruction with finesse and delicacy. He embeds a myriad of detail into his pieces, layers that you only see up close. As is his wont, this show once again blends age-old techinique with very modern concerns.
The first receipient of the Art On The Verge annual grant is Brendale Tadeo, a talented young artist from Zambales who has apprenticed with Don Salubayba and Anino Shadowplay.
For more information on Art On The Verge, please contact Art Cabinet Philippines at (63928)550-4816 or Rogue Media Inc. at (632) 729-7747. Or visit http://www.artcabinetphilippines.com
Conquistador runs from 25 November to 22 December 2009 . NOVA Gallery is located at Warehouse 11A, La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo), Makati City.