Two of the exhibitions featured in Art Trek 12 had art and science meet that enabled viewers to have a deeper experience at art appreciation.
At Goshen Art Gallery’s “Jubilation: The Art of Jeff Dahilan”, which was opened on 27 September 2018, Jeff Dahilan’s impressive technique involved employing visual tricks in his abstract and figurative subjects using trigonometric designs. According to the artist, his paintings “do not intend to grab one’s attention right away and the meaning is not obvious, but the paintings speak for themselves and make some noise”.
Dahilan’s artworks can be divided into two sets- the first one involved mosaic-like paintings that challenged people to look more closely to find the hidden figures within the artwork; the other depicts tin foils of various colours that allow viewers to see a luminous effect when captured by a smart phone.
The other exhibit which opened on 28 September 2018 was a pop-up gallery organized by Momentous Arts entitled “Beauty and Youth” which featured the following six contemporary Filipino artists: Pete Jimenenz, Jan Calleja, Beejay Esber, Gino Bueza, Stephen Taneo and Raul Jorolan. The masterpieces of these artists reflect their youthful spirit and individualism shaped by their own personal experiences. According to the artists, they see beauty in personality and character presence, not in symmetry.
But aside from the youthful vibe of the featured artists’ works, the exhibition also featured “Castella” a new app that lets people see how a painting will transform space through the lens of augmented reality.
The Embassy headed by Ambassador Joseph Del Mar Yap graced the opening exhibit at Goshen Art Gallery, while Consul General Victorio Mario M. Dimagiba, Jr. represented the Ambassador during the Momentous Art exhibit.
Art Trek, which is already on its 12th year, is a yearly event organized by the Philippine Embassy in collaboration with various Singapore galleries, to showcase and promote the works of Filipino artists. Through the years, it has become the centerpiece of the Embassy’s cultural diplomacy program.
Dahilan’s exhibition at the Goshen Art Gallery located at DUO Galleria in Fraser St. will run until 7 October 2018. The “Beauty and Youth” exhibition at the Great World City will run until 9 October 2018.