Artists bare true grit in ‘Ting­gas’

“TING­GAS” means “ma­tured” in Hili­gaynon ex­plains Hubon Ilonggo vis­ual arts pres­i­dent Arel Zam­bar­rano, one of the con­ven­ers of the group ex­hibit.

Panay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Rhick Lars Vladimer Al­bay

Zam­bar­rano re­lates that “Ting­gas” – which was opened to the pub­lic from Oct. 14 to 25 at Museo Iloilo – aims to be a venue for “se­ri­ous” art, tackling Iloilo City and the coun­try’ cruel so­cial re­al­i­ties and the dis­ad­van­taged up­bring­ing of some of the artists who joined the said en­deavor.

Onofre Ballescas and Ed­mar Colmo al­lude to gen­der pol­i­tics and equal­ity in their re­spec­tive pieces. Ballescas’ “Faces of Sor­row” has an or­nate gate evoke the harsh steel bars of re­has ob­scur­ing the face of a seem­ingly bat­tered woman, while Colmo’s “Re­speto Bi­lang ______” has the ev­ery­day woman shrouded and buried by all the monikers and stereo­types so­ci­ety of­ten forces on our moth­ers, sis­ters, and daugh­ters.

Jzy Ti­los pays trib­ute to his grand­fa­ther, a for­mer the

manugluy-a, with “Si­narayu 8,” as gam­bling seems to be the cen­tral theme of Joel Mirabuena’s “Good Luck.” The gritty bare- bones sculp­tures of Jonas Mark Siva (“Haligi ng Ta­hanan”) and Ty­rone Dave Espinosa (“Nil­a­mon ng Sar­il­ing Katawan”) look cut from the same vein of strug­gle and per­se­ver­ance.

T h e t r u e g r i t a n d de­ter­mi­na­tion of the Ilonggo artist is best ex­em­pli­fied by 24-yearold up- and- comer Paul John Ca­banalan. Just this Septem­ber, a piece by Ca­banalan en­ti­tled “Gen­e­sis” won the Metrobank Art and De­sign Ex­cel­lence (MADE) grand prize in the Oil/Acrylic on Can­vas Cat­e­gory.

The l i censed ar­chi­tect con­tin­ues his sig­na­ture style for “Ting­gas” in “155” where he paints an in­tri­cate me­trop­o­lis in­hab­ited by his cast of car­i­ca­ture char­ac­ters – ra­bid dogs, snake- like crea­tures, float­ing eyes, dis­em­bod­ied fig­ures – rem­i­nis­cent of in­fan­tile sketches, yet run­ning with the in­ex­pli­ca­bly dan­ger­ous un­der­cur­rent of an in­escapable maze of a city.

“Ting­gas” – made pos­si­ble through the ef­forts of Museo Iloilo and the Iloilo Cul­tural Re­search Foun­da­tion Inc. – fea­tures the works of Onofre Ballescas, Paul John Ca­banalan, Ed­mar Colmo, Ja­son Del­gado, Michael Delmo, Noel Eli­cana, Ty­rone Dave Espinosa, Rom­mel Garde, Joe Ger­aldo, Melvin Guirhem, Egay Lis­ing, Joemel Mirabuena, Frank Alexi Nobleza, Jojo Ramirez, Sabrec, Jonas Siva, Jzy Ti­los, and Arel Zam­bar­rano./ PN

“Haligi ng Ta­hanan” by Jonas Mark Siva

“Si­narayu 8” by Jzy Ti­los

“155“by Paul John Ca­banalan

“Good Luck” by Joel Mirabuena

De­tails from “Nil­a­mon ng Sar­il­ing Katawan”

by Ty­rone Dave Espinosa

“One Mind” by Noel Eli­cana

De­tail from “155“by Paul John Ca­banalan

“Faces of Sor­row” by Onofre Ballescas

De­tail from “Re­speto Bi­lang ______”

by Ed­mar Colmo

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