1 (130 pound) whole artist, neck and giblets removed
28 cups sci-fi (robots, ufo’s and analog synthesizer sounds)
… 1/ 2 cup psychedelia, melted
1 whole joke
225 large wasteland movies, peeled and chopped
4,000album covers, peeled and chopped
49 stalks Rauschenberg, Basquiat and Oehlen chopped
250 broken dreams
1 cerebral fragments
½ melody
1 cup system
2 cups art
8 blank canvases

1. Rub the artist inside and out with the art and the system. Place the artist in a large stock pot, and cover with cold water. Place in the refrigerator, and allow to soak in the art and system mixture 12 hours, or overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thoroughly rinse the artist, and discard the art and system mixture.
3. Brush the artist with 1/2 the melted psychedelia. Place breast side down on a roasting rack in a shallow roasting pan. Stuff the artist with 225 large wasteland movies, 4,000 album covers, Rauschenberg, Basquiat and Oehlen cerebral fragments and melody. Scatter the remaining ingredients around the bottom of the roasting pan, and cover with the joke and broken dreams.
4. Roast uncovered 3 1/2 to 4 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180 degrees F (85 degrees C). Carefully turn the artist breast side up about 2/3 through the roasting time, and brush with the remaining psychedelia. Allow the artist to stand about 30 minutes before carving.
5. Leave the artist alone and he will start to paint.

Bjorn Calleja

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Kaloy Olavides – (d)effectivity complex

In his most recent exhibition, Kaloy Olavides focuses on the play of language and the process of arriving at meaning(s). Still images, videos and a painting are employed as avenues in delivering messages through various communication methods. Participation of the viewer is necessary in uncovering the message as he/she will be taken into paths of different symbols and signs. Similar with the artist’s previous known works, “(d)effectivity complex” also demonstrates social, cultural and even intellectual commentary inscribed in each piece.

Olavides is a graduate of University of the Philippines, Diliman Fine Arts and has held numerous exhibitions in the Philippines, USA, Hongkong and Singapore. Popular for his performance art in his earlier works, he ventured into collage, video and sound art in recent years.


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Strange Days and Other Anomalies

What is a Strange Day?

According to artist Ramon Raphael Banzon, “A strange day is a day when one is struck out of one’s routine. It is a day where the unusual, the extraordinary and the odd seem to manifest themselves in the most peculiar of ways.” It can be something that is out of the norm or standard procedure, something that takes you aback or forces you to question your reality. Artist Mek Yambao agrees and adds, “As the days tend to get too systematic, conscious or not, there comes a shift in perception that serves as a deviation from the mediocrity of reality.” According to her, her work is inspired by thoughts and ideas beyond literal consciousness. “It’s interesting how things aren’t always what they seem”, she says. “There is something ethereal about my art that is able to conjure thoughts and ideas beyond literal consciousness. Slivers of these thoughts and ideas are oftentimes only seen through dreams that are difficult to remember. My creative process involves deciphering these dreams and depicting them on canvas. I am able to share these thoughts through the creation of absurd yet believable realities that can only be understood through an intrinsic and deeper understanding of self.”

“It is a commentary inspired by narcissistic daydreaming brought about by a dull reality”, says artist Raffy La Madrid about his work and how it pertains to his own strange days. “Beauty that is seen by the eyes can never measure up to the idealistic beauty that is perceived by the mind. Strange Days embraces the concept of chaos and confusion produced in ones psyche; because in order to stay sane, you have to go crazy.” Artist Miggy Borja seems to share the same view regarding chaos. “There is chaos in order, I believe. The world was founded on chaos afterall, and order is just an illusion, or probably the other way around. No one knows for sure, and that’s what makes it beautiful.” On the process of his art creation, he shares, “Everyday is a strange day – you sleep, you dream, you wake. My work was inspired by dreams and my dull cycle of unemployment life that had brought them about. When you are stuck in a pattern, you tend to search for fault lines and inconsistencies and they keep you sane. Chaos brought me comfort. In my work, I tried to organize all that dream chaos in a constricted canvas, and to me it made no sense at all, which is why it makes so much sense.”

What is the role of the mind in all of this? Could it be possible that strangeness is just the mind trying to rebel against boredom or could it be the mind recognizing truths and familiarities? According to artist Paul Miranda, it could be both. “The mind is a strange place. It sees, hears and feels only facts. Yet it is a master of itself, owing no responsibility to obey reality. The artist, I think, is a slave to his constant fascination in catching his mind’s visions; making tangible the intangible in a day of creation.”

In Strange days and other anomalies, artists Raphael Ramon Banzon, Miggy Borja, Paul Bryan Miranda, Rafael La Madrid and Mek Yambao discover unchartered terrain played out in unusual settings and circumstances. Through observation or pure imagination, strange encounters are conceived, which leads the mind to question its very own boundaries and re-examine what one considers “Strange”.

Ramon Raphael Banzon, Miggy Borja, Raffy La Madrid, Paul Bryan Miranda, and Mek Yambao come together in their first ever group exhibition as an official art group “Strange Days”, which opens on Sunday 6PM, November 13 at the Gallery 3 of Light and Space Contemporary.

In their show titled “Strange Days and Other Anomalies”, the group discovers unchartered terrain played out in unusual settings and circumstances. Through observat…ion or pure imagination, strange encounters are conceived, which leads the mind to question its very own boundaries and re-examine what one considers “Strange”.

The exhibit simultaneously opens with solo exhibitions of Kaloy Olavides and Beejay Esber in Galleries 1 and 2, along with performances by PINOISE: Juan Massive Noise Festival. All shows will run until November 28.

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Light & Space Contemporary: Art Galleries and Studios

Light and Space Contemporary has just opened, an artist-run gallery and residency program located at the heart of Quezon City.

Our grand inaugural exhibition is in the works, you are all invited to join in on our festivities that will showcase a variety of contemporary works by some of the country’s best artists.

Please bear with our humble beginnings and keep checking back with us here for more details and announcements regarding upcoming exhibitions and our artist-residency programs.

Cheers to us all!

Tito S.

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