writings, projects and exhibitions of Clarissa Chikiamco

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Larasati April 2007 Auction Catalogue (cover)

Okay, writing for the Larasati April 2007 auction catalogue wasn't easy. I had to write 34 captions on Philippine artworks (Not all captions to Philippine artworks are mine though, there were more than 34 Philippine artworks up for auction. I only wrote those submitted on behalf of Artesan Gallery.) and 34 biographies plus a major piece on modern and contemporary Philippine art for the Art Philippine section. Having to write that amount was staggering. I don't think I went anywhere without my laptop for weeks and, despite being freelance at that time, would still spend countless nights tapping away at the keyboard.

After a number of stressful weeks, I finally finished and must admit I'm quite happy I took on the job. I am still a mite upset that somehow a few typos appeared in a few write-ups (when the file I had sent to Larasati had no typos whatsoever) but I'd rather not wax about something that nothing can be done about anymore anyway. I do think that Larasati was very brave in giving such a major spotlight to Philippine art (which hasn't been done before by any other auction house). Really major kudos to them!

In the end, I was glad I managed to accomplish such a major task and look forward to doing similar projects in the future. My heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes to Roberta Dans, Director of Artesan Gallery, Singapore, who organized majority of the Philippine pieces for Larasati (and who hired me to write as well!), and her husband Andrew Thomas. They were marvelous hosts and sponsored my trip to Singapore for the actual auction. It was really an exciting and memorable experience!

I'll be posting more on this in the weekend to come plus the Metro Home articles on Possible Islands and Ralph Walker's collection. Comments are welcome at letterstolisa@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

"Thinking in 3D"

Preview May 2007 Artscene: Ovvian Castrillo, where have you been hiding? This sculptress is finally getting some attention and we hope to see more works of hers! There aren't a lot of Philippine sculptors so it's great to see more in the field!

Preview's June 2007 Artscene (the issue is out in stands already, grab a copy!) features Jan Leeroy New, a budding sculptor fresh from undergraduate studies from University of the Philippines-Diliman (he just graduated last March). I think Leeroy is amazing and his pieces are reasonably priced too. You can visit his multiply and see more works at http://strycatcher.multiply.com.

"The Art World's Newest Darling" or "Into the Light"

Here is the Preview Magazine March 2007 Artscene on Geraldine Javier (cover story- "The Art World's Newest Darling" or "Into the Light," page 80). If you're interested in seeing more of her work, Geraldine has an exhibition ongoing in Finale Art Gallery, Megamall which runs until 18 June 2007.

I'd like to give a hearty congratulations to Geraldine for her piece in the recent Christie's May 2007 auction that fetched more than $30,000 US. Everyone is trying to get their hands on a Geraldine Javier! You'll have to get in line though, there's already a long list!

Down and Up the Rabbit Hole...

It's been more than a month since my last post. Yes, I've disappeared down the rabbit hole for over a month not only in terms of updating my blog but seeing friends and exhibits as well! Work at the museum has been hectic and unfortunately I don't have the time to go to as many exhibitions or do as much writing as I'd like to.

Well, I've resurfaced to post the March 2007 issue of Preview Magazine on Geraldine Javier (a cover story!), the May 2007 issue of Preview on Ovvian Castrillo and the cover of the Larasati catalogue out last April (I wrote a number of write-ups there including a two-page piece on Philippine art).

I'm glad to know that people read my blog so I'll try to maintain it as best as I can!

Please come to the exhibition Trauma, Interrupted, which opens on 14 June 2007, Thursday at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It features works by local and foreign artists which explores the links between trauma, art and healing. A talk begins on 14 June at 2 pm to be followed by the opening and performances at 5 pm. More information is available at www.trauma-interrupted.org.