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ARTE KOLASA 2015

March 17,2015

Think Different.

The Department of Fine Arts and Interior Design presented four major exhibitions that kicked off last January 14 under its umbrella event, ARTEKOLASA.  Now on its 7th staging since 2009 coinciding with the annual National Arts Month in February, the ArteKolasa started early in January in anticipation of the week-long Papal Visit with no classes.

“Resurgence”: a VAD voice is a merging of four visual artists Pawee Dimla, Aphro De la Rosa, Caia Sison and Kristina Silangcruz.  Resurgence speaks of ideas reborn, dreams aspired, awareness renewed through the power of the paintbrush. Transcending realms from the depths of undersea world to mythical legends, mirrored reflections and fantasies in fabric, their thoughts come together to affirm their personal triumphs through finding inspiration from empowered women able to pursue their passion, express their visions and rise up as nurturers of the earth.  Presented by the graduating artists of the Visual Arts and Design program of the Fine Arts department, an exhibition featuring paintings and mixed media by the four artists opened on January 14 at the Gallery 1 of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and ended on January 31.

On February 27th, the joint furniture and interior design exhibit of the junior /BSID3 and senior/BSID4 class of 2015 “ Rediscovering the Familiar” and “ A Chair is A Chair” opened at the Palm Drive activity area of Glorietta 2. “Rediscovering the Familiar” is set around the different parts of the Philippines old structures which are given new life by the senior interior design/BSID 4 students.  These were made possible through the concept of “adaptive reuse” which introduces new opportunities for old and existing structures to fit the current needs of the present times. Former houses and a train car are transformed to fit various commercial establishments such restaurants, cafes, schools and hotels.  Although contemporary functions are introduced to these structures, the designs were made in consideration of their architectural authenticity in order to preserve their distinctive character.  Over-all the exhibit would like to present the fine works of architecture not only as fragile artifacts from the museum and but rather as objects that can be held in endless possibilities.

“A Chair is A Chair” showcased 20 furniture pieces designed by the junior/BSID3 students.  Each chair design started with an old furniture piece  which were then remodeled to achieve a transformed chair design.  The title of the show suggests that a chair may change in form and aesthetic but it will still serve its primary purpose, that of being a chair.  This furniture design show had an extended exhibition at the Amrhein gallery of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila from February 27 to March 4.

The ArteKolasa 2015 event was punctuated last February 27 with the “ARTATAK” pecha kucha night at the activity area of the Century City Mall in Makati. a display of various advocacy advertising campaigns and promotions  showcasing the students different takes on social-cultural problems they face in today’s society. The Advertising Design/BFA ADV.DES students presented and displayed creative solutions via a one night thesis exhibition.

Twelve (12) creative solutions were designed to address some real life Filipino cultural concerns.  Among these are “Juan O’ Clock,” “AniManila,” “One Sampaguita project,” “Buhay Bayong,” “Himig ni Juan”, “Selfilipino”, “Juanderer” and “Folks Unite”. Consistent with Scholastican values and advocacies, ARTEKOLASA continues to encourage (feed the fire) emerging artists and interior designers to explore new boundaries and express themselves with vigor and zest through various design and art projects.  Preparations are ongoing from incoming seniors as well as juniors for a bigger and better ARTEKOLASA 2016.

By: Prof. JoKayaban
Chair, Fine Arts and Design Department