June 8, 2017
Qube Gallery's Ako si Sabel / Balay-Balay Art Exhibit
Venue: Qube Gallery
Location: Crossroads, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City
GPS waypoint: 10°19'41.8"N 123°54'34.1"E
Since I now commute by bicycle across Cebu City, my dilemma is how to look fresh and presentable in an art opening exhibit upon arrival. Luckily, Qube Gallery isn't too far from Beverly Hills where I stayed. With Beverly's altitude, I cruised on down with minimum pedaling until I reached Qube with minimum sweat. I changed my bike shirt into a long sleeve white button-down shirt and I looked respectable again.
Lhee Isabel Taneo - "Ako si Sabel" Exhibition
From a distance, I thought it was a monochromatic painting. But up close, it was really a mosaic of tiny sea shells with its natural color sorted out to come up with the varying color gradients - much like the Jim Carrey movie poster for Truman. I met Lhee, the artist and was told that the sorting out of shell colors took as much time as making the art. The art was essentially a self-portrait. Lhee is young and could be mistaken for a student. There were a good number of artsy-types in the space - not unlike my Studio Art students back in the day when I was still a UP Fine Arts teacher (teaching web design).
Kidlat - Balay-Balay Exhibition
I'm not an art critic, so this is just my layman take. Kidlat's work comes across as slice of life in a barrio setting. The simplicity of barrio life was portrayed with minimalist form, color and characters, but stayed true to reality - wooden house, siblings, youth, pregnancy, etc. This is Kidlat's 3rd solo exhibition.
I got into an art conversation with a Spanish-racial stock guy named Jose. He looked every bit Caucasian (because he is), but born and raised in the Philippines. He's also an artist. When asked what he found most compelling in the exhibit, I was surprised to hear that he felt strongly about a series of 6 simple monochromatic paintings of a house. It looked very simple compared to the rest. He said the artist (Kidlat) fully extended himself in order to accomplish it.
This is what I like about talking to people more learned than I am - I get to see the world that is invisible to me, but apparent in theirs. When I later talked to Kidlat, he confirmed that the series took the most out of him. I tried to see the struggle, given the simplicity but it was beyond my simple mind's comprehension.
I like Qube Gallery. Whenever in Cebu and there's an exhibition, I make it a point to be there. I'm lucky this time with a double feature. Is it the art? Yes, of course, but also equally about meeting new people in the art scene and getting a glimpse of their unique insight. Yeah, flowing wine helps too.
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Suggested Destinations in Cebu
- Camotes Islands - caves, beaches
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- Moalboal - amazing coral reef system, sardine bowl, deep drop-off for freediving
- Oslob - Butanding (whale shark) watching
- Bantayan Island - long stretch of fine white sand beach, Virgin Island for snorkeling
- Malapascua Island - divers' paradise for seeing the rare Thresher Shark
- Cantabaco Cave - Toledo
- Barile Waterfalls - Barile
- Whale Shark Tour - Oslob
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