Art in the (virtual) park

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ART IN THE PARK goes online this week, and we’ve taken a peek at some of the things the art fair gone virtual has to offer, via The virtual art fair is ongoing until Aug. 17.

For starters, the website is organized into eight columns: the home page, All Artwork, How to Purchase, a Gallery Directory, Special Exhibit Artists, BPI Art Clips, Globe Platinum Collection, and F&B Promos.

Over at All Artwork, you can browse through 139 pages of works (amounting to about 2,600 works), which can be arranged alphabetically, by price, or by age. The number of artworks on display is accounted for by the fact that over 50 galleries and groups are presenting. These include Ang I.n.K., Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, ART for Space Gallery, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Art Wednesday, Artepintura Gallery, Artery Art Space, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Avellana Art Gallery, Blanc, Boston Art Gallery, Cevio Art Haus, District Gallery, Famous Artists, Far Eastern University, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, Kulay Art Group, Los Nuevos Conquistadores, J Studio, KASIBULAN, M A G, Mono8 Gallery, Museum Foundation of the Philippines — Joe Geraldo works & Carlo Villafuerte’s jewelry, Nineveh Artspace, Nord Anglia International School, the Potters’ Group — Jon Pettyjohn and EJ Espiritu, the Sagada Potters’ Group, Joey De Castro, Project 20 Maginhawa, Orange Project, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Sheerjoy, Silverlens, Space Encounters, T.U.P Fine Arts, The Authenticity Zero, The Mighty Bhutens, The Photography Zone, The Thursday Group, Tin-Aw Art Gallery, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, UP College of Fine Arts, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery, and Ysobel Art Gallery — and all their contact details are on the website as well. 

There’s a P50,000 ceiling on the artworks, as is usual for Art in the Park (which in more normal times would be held on a summer Sunday at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati). Among the more expensive artworks are Eric Masangkay’s Aguadora sculpture, made of steel, epoxy, wire, brass, copper, and stone. An artwork’s status as sold is posted on the website, but one can still view them. For example: somebody has bought out an entire Untitled series in pencil and watercolor by Alberto Cavazos, billed by Los Nuevos Conquistadores as “The Picasso of Mexico” (each work costing P2,000 each). Somebody has also bought a print of Ang Kiukok’s Pampanga Lantern Makers, but two Andy Warhol Prints are still up for sale.

The works by this year’s Special Exhibit artists are grouped together under one column. Isometric Ay! lah, lah, land… features the playful prints and paintings of artist Richard Quebral. The Garapata Hatchery collection of characters gets a spotlight with Dex Fernandez. The works of artists Robert Alejandro and Reena Gabriel can be viewed through the Globe Platinum Collection, which is only accessible via a password. Another collaboration is with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) via BPI Art Clips, shown on Art in the Park’s Facebook Page. One would be a demonstration by portraitist Jackie Lozano, and a performance by Fifth Wall Fest, a group that seeks to introduce Philippine audiences to dance films as an art form.

Meanwhile, Art in the Park partnered with several F&B establishments for Art in the Park-related merchandise. These include a special hip flask from Don Papa (if one purchases with a code on Other establishments with promos include Cibo, Hippie Happy Bowls, Iron Balls, Justainable Juice, Mantra, Merry Moo, Stanford Shaw, THC (Truly Homemade Chips), The Kitchen, and Yuan’s Paella Plus, and 8 Cuts. You can order these while you go through the 139 pages of artwork, which is sure to take all day.

Art in the Park will donate a portion of all sales to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of their projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network. — Joseph L. Garcia