The process of creation is innate to humans, much like machines that continuously and tirelessly work. May it be in fields of art or science, people always strive to better themselves because generating new ideas and inventions is essential to keeping life interesting. But when craft turns into work and work turns into routine, it does just the opposite and one falls into life’s endless and confusing spiral.
In the multimedia exhibit RE-CALIBRATED, where among the artists featured were 22 Benildean faculty members, art is perceived as a calibrator to jump start one’s senses in order to gain a fresh perspective. Amidst life’s rapid and inevitable changes, it’s easy to lose sight of one’s self. According to mixed media artist Noel Farol, recalibration is all about “creating a dialogue in different aspects of life.”
Photos by Alex Rico
Art pieces that drew inspiration from the calibration process lined the walls of Altro Mondo Art Gallery at The Picasso in Makati since February 9. RE-CALIBRATED took on the possibilities of virtual space and real time.
On the opening day, artists, faculty members, students and art buyers were welcomed to RE-CALIBRATED with an outstanding performance of folk song, drums and dance. Curated by Farol, the multimedia exhibit offered something for everyone to marvel to. From Kaloy Olavides’ oddly satisfying collage of hands from magazines titled “The Key” to Hector Calma’s experimental film named “The Arrival of a Train at Manila,” the exhibit showcased a myriad of unique paintings, sculptures, prints and video art. They all beamed of the creative energy and excellence of the faculty member-artists from the College’s Design Foundation, which equips students with the essential skills of drawing, painting and materials manipulation, as well as knowledge on art history and theory.
Perhaps the highlight of the exhibit’s run was CALIBRATED ACTS, a concert of heart-stirring performances held last February 18. The audience marvelled at Abe Orobia’s intriguing body painting alongside Christine Crame’s graceful dance improvisation. Meanwhile, in Sunita S. Mukhi’s intimate and interactive performance of “My Eyes Adore You,” the audience was made to feel beauty as Mukhi’s truthful words spoke to the soul.
The exhibit has been extended until April 2.
There is an infinite number of beautiful narratives to uncover and tell about the world around us. The problem lies in moments when we fail to make sense of our ever-changing environments. Lacking beauty and purpose, life can easily seem boring. But the RE-CALIBRATED exhibit was a reminder that this is not necessarily true for as long as art embraces the endless possibilities of time and space, and for as long as people create.