Iloilo today is saturated with visual art exhibitions. This is just fitting to complement the rapid material development that is going on in the city. The art of a place, after all, provides it a soul.
It is trite to say that this exhibition by selected members from the Iloilo Visual Arts Collective (IVAC) presents a spectrum of art styles and techniques employed by contemporary artists of the place. What may be novel to emphasize is that the Ilonggo artists in general, and as represented by these artists in Arte sa Dihon are never singular in their artistic pursuits.
Unlike in some places where artists and artist groups are homogeneously angry, escapist, political, experimental or technology-driven, Ilonggo artists, even if they may belong to one group solid group like IVAC, are individualists who follow their artistic bliss.
Veteran artists like Ed Defensor, Alan Cabalfin and PG Zoluaga have shifted from figuration to abstraction with ease either in their paintings or sculptures. The same can be said of the younger crop like sculptor Harry Mark Gonzales and painters Alex Ordoyo, Vic Fario, Kris Brasileño, Oscar Peñasales and Marrz Capanang.
Gina Apostol has been in the local art scene for some time now and has been steadily churning out figurative paintings along the naïf stream. Mia Reyes and Marge Chavez, who are relatively fresh but competent painters, seem to follow in the same resilient attitude towards figure painting.
Pierre Patricio has been painting partially abstract landscapes and every day scenes with single-mindedness. The same single-mindedness is obvious in Martin Genodepa’s use of stone for sculpting, or Dodgie Tan’s pursuit of bottled things as art subject.
Arte sa Dihon is a peek into the artistic potential and magnitude of Ilonggo visual artists.
SM City Iloilo
3rd floor, Cyberzone
18 – 25 January 2016