Alwin Reamillo’s Balut Rain and Reign at Tin-Aw

Exhibit installation view

You didn’t need to hunt for eggs at Tin-aw this Easter.  Alwin Reamillo had them everywhere:  hanging from the ceiling, leaning on shelves, spread out over the low table at the center of the gallery.  On opening night, he even had some of them warming inside a pot, ready to be put in a basket, then taken out into busy Makati Avenue.  AngBalutViand, A Transcultural Project by Alwin Reamillo represents the Manila leg of an undertaking that started in Hong Kong, part of the territory’s annual Art Walk.

Another exhibit installation view

The Hong Kong Art Walk happens one night a year when galleries stay open from 5:00 pm until midnight.  Ticket holders are meant to visit these galleries that evening, all to benefit a designated charity.  Installations and performances line the routes.  As the resident artist of this year’s Art Walk, Alwin had been provided a studio in Hong Kong for a month, the base from which he produced work and carried out his performance as a transplanted balut vendor.

Another exhibit installation view

The performance required Alwin to do the rounds of Hong Kong’s known Pinoy haunts, notably Central on Sundays, when OFWs take over Statue Square.  Not all the balut in his basket were edible.  Almost of them had been emptied and refilled with plaster, embellished with minute figures and transferred images that reference events in Philippine history.

Alwin Reamillo, "Egg Object From The Transcultural Balut Series"

More of these egg objects have now been scattered around Tin-aw’s space. Alwin also exhibits other pieces that we consider hallmarks of his work:  a grand piano’s wings, emptied crab shells, wooden panels, all of which have been worked on and lacquered with images and found objects.

Alwin Reamillo, "Egg Object From The Transcultural Balut Series"

Credit Tin-aw’s Dawn Atienza for persuading Alwin to bring this project to Manila.  Otherwise, we would have missed out on a truly worthwhile piece, one of the best that Tin-aw has mounted.

Alwin Reamillo, "Tatlong Itlog (Los Indios Bravos)"

AngBalutViand, A Transcultural Project by Alwin Reamillo runs from 15 April to 6 May 2011 at Tin-aw Art Gallery, Upper G/F, Somerset Olympia Makati, Makati Ave. corner Sto. Tomas Sts., Makati City.  Phone (632) 892-7522 or visit http://www.tin-aw.com

Alwin Reamillo, "Egg Object From The Transcultural Balut Series"

Alwin Reamillo, "Balut Cloud/HK Central"

Alwin Reamillo, "Posporo Rizal"

Balut in a cabinet

Alwin Reamillo, "Maodan Shrine Let A Thousand Balut Hatch"

Alwin Reamillo, "Egg Object From The Transcultural Balut Series"

Alwin Reamillo, "Posporo Rizal", detail

Alwin Reamillo, "Winged Maodan"

Alwin Reamillo, "Balut Sa Puti"

Alwin Reamillo, "What's Up Daffy Doc (North)"

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One Response to Alwin Reamillo’s Balut Rain and Reign at Tin-Aw

  1. annalou gimena vistan says:

    galing tlaga ng pinoy!!….

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