At the Cultural Center of the Philippines, two artists with highly contrasting backgrounds each mount one-man shows (presented by the CCP’s Visual Arts and Museum Division) worth checking out. At the Pasilyo Victorio Edades (4F Hallway Gallery), Auggie Fontanilla shows “Kristo y Kristos,” an artistic exploration of the Christ figure rendered through painting, illustration, mixed-media, collage, and installation art. Fontanilla’s idea for the show was to interpret Christ as he is seen or perceived by the residents of Manila; part of the artistic process involved taking part in the procession of the Black Nazarene along with the religious icon’s fanatic devotees. Fontanilla studied fine arts at the University of Santo Tomas and was the former art director of Preview magazine. A co-founder of the Pilipinas Street Plan artist collective, his work is influenced by street gangs and graffiti artists. He’s curated and participated in group shows, and has had a couple of solo shows under his belt, most recently with the Pablo gallery with “The PagAsa Project.”
At the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery) and fourth floor Atrium, Cebuano artist Russ Ligtas mounts “Another World.” Since moving from Cebu to Manila around four years ago, Ligtas has developed a cult following mostly for his performance art. Among his more memorable stunts was his walk from Luneta to the CCP while the Philippine National Anthem played 115 times in a loop. For this show, the fine arts graduate from the University of the Philippines-Cebu demonstrates that he’s capable of painting, sculpting, video, and installation art, too. His artistic vision is described as “the phantom insistence of assembling objects that manifest an alternate reality,” which is illustrated, for instance, by his sculpture using ATCO blocks, a cheap clone of the more popular LEGO bricks. Ligtas also makes use of toys to make deeper statements about cultural and religious themes. Moving away, for the time being, from performance art, Ligtas’s more tangible work allows the viewer more time and space to contemplate what the artist has to say. On view until April 23 (Fontanilla) and April 30 (Ligtas), Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay; 832.1125 local 1504/1505; culturalcenter.gov.ph.
in your iMaGE auggie Fontanilla’s “Kristo y Kristos” focuses on different perspectives of the christ image; performance artist russ ligtas makes more tangible art for “another world.”