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AFTER two successful online art fairs, Art in the Park Online returns for a 15th anniversary special edition on July 25 to Aug. 1 at www.artinthepark.ph.
The eight-day online fair will feature over 10,000 works of art from 62 galleries, four special exhibits, and a variety of special online activities.
All works are priced at P70,000 and below for this special edition. Art in the Park Online 2021: Special Edition will continue to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Muse-um of the Philippines and its network.
Art in the Park Online 2021: Special Edition features “Gridlock,” a special exhibit of new paintings on canvas by Antipas Delotavo. It is a collage of faces depicting nameless citizens who contribute to the nation.
“In art, grid is a series of lines commonly used in drawing that forms squares in a confined space. It seems our political, economic, social life is in a standstill. We are trapped in a grid. The pandemic just intensified it during the lockdowns,” Mr. Delotavo said of his work in an e-mail to BusinessWorld.
Meanwhile, the Globe Platinum Hour section will feature works from Leeroy New and Anna Bautista.
That is just one of three projects that painter, sculptor, and designer Mr. New has lined up in this edition of the online art fair.
He will install a scaled-down version of Mebuyan Vessel Polyp — that is his piece for this year’s online edition of Burning Man in August — at Art in the Park’s home at Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City for the duration of the online fair. The public art installation is a sneak peek of a piece to be mounted in La Union this year.
“Mebuyan is the goddess from Bagobo mythology who’s described as having breasts all over her body. She’s the goddess of death but she also nourishes the spirits of children, so they can continue with their journey in the afterlife,” Mr. New said in a Zoom interview with members of the press on July 16. “It was more of a reference in terms of the concept behind the function of the installation,” he said, adding that the installation allows people to go inside spears which are connected by bridgeways.
Mr. New also dives into augmented reality (AR) as one of his headpieces from Aliens of Manila, made from colorful plastic containers, is transformed into an Instagram filter. The filter interacts depending on the user’s movement. It will be available on Instagram on July 25 at 10 a.m.
In addition, “Iris” is Mr. New’s online exhibit of mirror-pieces available at Art in the Park’s website. He described the work as “a series of magic mirror sculptures conjured while in lockdown. Mirrors as portals, as windows to the soul and other worlds. Eyes with mascara melting the way reality dissolves.”
A video of Mr. New’s artistic practice will also be featured at the website at Globe Platinum Hour at 8 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, also on Globe Platinum Hour will be Anna Bautista’s “Time Capsules” which tackle the concept of time, culture, and philosophy. The works are done on canvas and textile, depicting images symbolic of today’s unset-tling period.
Art in the Park 2021 Online: Special Edition welcomes back Robert Alejandro who will once again host a special session for the Globe Platinum Hour for Kids on July 31, at 10 a.m.
Lastly, Eugenia Alcaide returns to Art in the Park with “Adrift,” an exhibit of threadwork created in striking black, blue, and yellow self-portraits.
“This is the only way I know to show the world how I see myself. And beyond the external image, I wanted to vivify how I feel,” Ms. Alcaide said in an e-mail.
The participating galleries and organizations in Art in the Park Online 2021 Special Edition are: Altro Mondo Gallery, Ang I.n.K., Archivo 1984, Arnold Art Collection, ArtBeat Collective, Artepintura Gallery, Artery Art Space, ART for Space Gal-lery, ART LAB: Atelier Cesare & Jean Marie Syjuco, ArtPAPER, Art Toys PH, Art Underground, Art Verite Gallery, Association of Pinoyprintmakers, Authenticity Zero Collective, Avellana Art Gallery, Boston Art Gallery, Cevio Art Haus, Cornerstone Pottery-EJ Espiritu, District Gallery, FA Gallery, Far Eastern University, Galeria de las Islas, Galerie Anna, Galerie Artes, Galerie Stephanie, Good on Paper, ILCP Art Space, Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, J Studio, KASIBULAN-Kababaihan sa Sining at Bagong Sibol na Kamalayan, Kulay Art Group, Limbo, Los Nuevos Conquistadores, MAG, Manila Collage Collective, Modeka Art, MONO8 Gallery, Museum Foundation of the Philippines, Nineveh Artspace, Neal Oshima Photography, Orange Project, Parokyano ng Malabon, Qube Gallery, Resurrection Furniture and Found Objects Gallery, Sagada Pottery, Sheerjoy, Shelter Fund, Sierra Madre Gallery, Space Encounters, TUP-CAFA Fine Arts Department, The Mighty Bhutens, The Pho-tography Zone, The Thursday Group, Tin-Aw, UP College of Fine Arts, Village Art Gallery, Vinyl on Vinyl, vMeme Contemporary Art Gallery, Ysobel Art Gallery, and White Walls Gallery. For more information, visit www.artinthepark.ph and follow www.facebook/artinthepark and @artintheparkph on Instagram. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman