ManilArt 2014 next month will feature an exhibit on surrealism by local and foreign artists. “Endangered Visions,” organizers said, will focus on “the Surreal, the Visionary and the Fantastic as a means to counterbalance an art world driven by a rapacious market with something more contemplative, subtle and challenging.”
“Endangered Visions” aims to invigorate art with the unique, the rare and the original: exploring the innermost exotic, mystical and magical recesses of the mind. The title reflects how rare the visions of these artists are and how endangered they are by broader contemporary fashions in international art.
Featured are the works of renowned surrealist artist and Salvador Dali protégé Louis Markoya, Otto Rapp, symbolist par excellence Danny Malbeouf, fantastic realist Maura Holden, and pop surrealist Jana Brike. Other international artists include Bruce Rimell from the UK; Liba WS of France; and Hector Pineda, Pierre Fudaryli and Gabriella Garza Padilla of Mexico.
From the USA are Patrick Mcgrath Muniz, Joe Macgown, Danny Malbeouf, Susannah Martin, Erich Moffiet, Carol Prusa, Sandra Yagi, Bette Burgoyne and Kirsten Stingle. From Argentina, Santiago Caruso; Peca of Spain; Zeljko Djurovic of Serbia; Michael Hutter of Germany; and Teiji Hayama of Switzerland.
Participating local artists are Dengcoy Miel, Marcel Antonio, Gromyko Semper, Kitty Taniguchi, Jonathan Benitez, Katrina Pallon, Isobel Francisco, Paul Hilario, Jared Yokte, Gao Rezaga, Joel Vega, Demetrio dela Cruz, John Paul Olivares, Shirin Bhandari, Camille dela Rosa, Erwin Pineda and Gilbert Semillano.
Cabanatuan-based artist Gromyko Semper curates the exhibition, while New Zealand-based writer, poet, critic, curator and art historian Andrew Paul Wood writes the “Endangered Visions’” exhibition note.
“Endangered Visions serves one major purpose: as an analogy of the possibilities, communications and translations inherent in the way imagery is manipulated, transmitted, unconsciously inherited and reiterated. Despite the geographical distance involved, these rare and vulnerable visions converge here out of some Jungian collective reservoir of archetypal images that every human being has access to,” Wood writes.
“There are no imperial centers and no provincial margins in this map where Manila is the equal of London, Berlin or New York. These visions, however, are endangered. They are ignored, ostracized, patronized and mocked by an international art system that seldom gives them due respect. They exist outside the economic bubble of the art market and have an intrinsic truth that resists the jargon-fat pomposity of canons and critics,” Wood further says in the exhibition note.
Andrew Paul Wood is based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is completing his PhD in aspects of postmodern New Zealand painting at the University of Canterbury.
His books include “Quietus: Observations on an Altered City,” a psychogeography of post-earthquake Christchurch (with photographer Doc Ross) and translations (with Friedrich Voit) of the poetry of Karl Wolfskehl, “Under New Stars: Poems of the New Zealand Exile” and “To The Germans.”
This year’s ManilArt is presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, BAGO, I Love Taguig, CITEM, LifestyleAsia, SM Aura Premier, SMX Aura Convention Center-Taguig, Coconuts Manila, FaberCastell, King Sue, Robinsons Luxuria, Ladder Events Production and Museo Orlina. ManilArt will be held at SMX Aura Convention Center, SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The by-invitation gala will be on Oct. 15 followed by regular art fair days shall from Oct. 16 to 19. For details regarding ManilArt 2014, call or text 09173272925 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.manilarrt.com or see ManilArt on facebook.