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Orlina exhibits optical glass sculptures

"Ultimate Simplicity" by Ramon Orlina
“Ultimate Simplicity” by Ramon Orlina

Art lovers still have until today to catch artist Ramon Orlina’s current show, “Clear Impressions,” at Museo Orlina in Tagaytay City.

The exhibit, which opened on Nov. 30, also marked the reopening of the museum and included a two-piano concerto soirée of classical music with Ingrid S. Santamaria and Cecile B. Roxas.

On display at the museum are 23 pieces of the artist’s recent sculptures carved entirely of clear optical glass. Unlike his signature green glass or even the many seductive hues of crystal glass he uses like amber, azure, lavender and pink, Orlina worked with optical glass.

This type of glass is used mainly for industrial purposes like home appliances, electronics and optics, as well as for the automotive and aviation industries. The artist has worked with optical glass before, most notably in 1999, for his entry in the Toyamura Sculpture Biennale in Japan. That year, “Silvery Moon” was declared winner of the special prize, the “Mr. F. Prize.”

An added attraction to the show are the two sculptures by Orlina’s daughters Monina and Anna, who collaborated with their father. Although this is their debut into glass art, their works have already garnered much interest from serious collectors.

“It is clear to see that the supreme beauty of these works reside in the crystalline purity of the medium, which allows for no visual hindrances or distraction in the reflection and refraction of light,” wrote art critic Cid Reyes.

“That Orlina’s penetrating gaze is multiperspectival, indeed, almost simultaneously in-the-round, allows him to make each cut and contour, each internal passage and external surface, either finished to a smooth glassy surface or ‘frosted’ to a desired effect. And because of the clarity of the material, he is also able to summon a more perspicacious visual clarity in the solidity of the raw block of optical glass laid out before him,” Reyes noted.

The museum, now double its original size, houses a bigger collection of artworks—notably a gallery dedicated to rare and valuable sculptures by Isabelo Tampinco.

At the exhibit opening, Orlina also unveiled a large relief sculpture measuring 4.65 x 6 meters made of stainless steel plates which he calls “Vision in the Sky.” The piece is clearly visible, making Museo Orlina a standout in the neighborhood of Hollywood Subdivision, where it is located.

Museo Orlina, tel. (046) 4132581, 0906-4340862

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