My sister and I had just come from another event in Ortigas so I was feeling pretty haggard (having driven all the way to the SMX Convention). Thank goodness for SMX's pretty washrooms; I was able to refresh myself without much hassle.
The first person we bumped into was my PhD classmate Nath Rondina. Apparently, he was one of the event organizers. (This really makes me think that all PhD students are always on the go. It's like we're juggling too many things, it's a wonder how we manage to survive!)
Anyway, I thought I was going to drown in a sea of people and artworks. There were so many!
There was so much to see, so much going on. The halls of SMX Convention Center were lined with every visual art imaginable: paintings, prints, photographs, installations, reliefs, sculptures, illustrations etc. No lazy art here, thank goodness! At the very back of the room is also a huge stage (pictured on the upper right) where The Saturday Group of Artists -- old-timers whose works I have blogged about before -- were doing a live session. My zoom lens was in full working mode for this, since I am a very small person and I was at the back of a very huge crowd. I have an even closer shot stored in my hard drive, but it focuses too much on the ballerina's face and not what's actually going on.
I lost my sister for a bit, so I continued scouring the center. I wanted to look for Gelo but I wasn't too sure I would be able to find him. It was while walking down the leftmost part of the function room that I caught the eye of someone who looked very familiar. He smiled. It was Benjie Torrado, esteemed printmaker! I all but yelled, "Benjie!!!" (Well, I think I did. I was just so happy to see his friendly face.)
Benjie's real name is actually Benjie Cabrera. He also happens to be the first cousin of National Artist BenCab. I would have called him Sir Benjie -- I don't want to be labeled "feeling close" -- in deference to his status as one of the country's veteran artists but he protests whenever I do.
Turns out that that particular booth was also where Gelo hung his prints. I thought I'd never find it! My sister caught up with us shortly after this -- just when I was about to text her -- and then Gelo arrived a few seconds later.
Now, let's proceed to my favorite works:
Right: "The Impossibility of Escape" by Sasita Samarnpharb (acrylic and pastel on canvas). Love how the lines flow toward each other and then intertwine endlessly.
Ok, I don't exactly own a fashion blog and much as I'm not supposed to do an "Outfit of the Day" ending like my sister, I can't help but post it here. SMX's red wall made the details on my clothes stand out.
I especially love the camera necklace, which I bought from Quiapo a few entries back. I heard this accessory is pretty common but I just love the artistry that went into it. It's still clearly a craft. I wanted to wear it because it reminds me of the very first SLR camera I handled: a Nikon FM10.
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