Galeria Paloma's Art Fair Philippines 2023 Exhibition Debut Will Also Be Displayed Simultaneously in Italy
The metaverse has increasingly reflected the realities of our physical universe. It basically bridges the gap between two realms. With it, we've unraveled new layers to appreciate the augmented and physical realities of art in both digital and new media landscapes. The metaverse also paved the way for the application of artificial intelligence (AI) as a new tool for creation.
In Galeria Paloma's Parallel, all these narratives come into play. It focuses on the emergence of "phygital art," where creativity treads on two or more concurrent media. The show seeks to capture the artistic zeitgeist of man and machine.
Parallel marks Galeria Paloma's first exhibition at the Art Fair, promising to portray the parallelism between physical and digital art. Each piece will be displayed on partner Samsung's The Frame. The works will be displayed at Ninfa Labs in Milan, Italy, as well.
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"During the onboarding phase of the galleries, Galeria Paloma came to our attention as a solid project that immediately gave us confidence in wanting to establish a collaborative relationship with them," Ninfa Labs said in a statement. "We believe regardless of how digitalized the world has become, there's still a significant need for human interaction. It's crucial to be able to offer a space for traditional collectors who are curious to learn about this new digital world."
It added: "It is these new digital technologies which allow us to experience simultaneous exhibitions, as is now the case, even if from different parts of the world."
Collectors, on the other hand, get to own both the physical and digital forms and versions of the pieces. Galeria Paloma Director Kimi Delgado sees the showcase as a way to allow our local artists to thrive in the global digital sphere, too. "This is in line with our goals to align with the best platforms internationally in order to afford more exposure to the artists we represent, as well as to embrace technological advances allowing for an original work of art to be exhibited in two (or more) locations," she expressed.
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The Artists to Watch Out For in Parallel
The detail on Buenaventura's "Handmade."
We know how bad AI does hands compared to "human" artists, and Luis Buenaventura's work in Parallel is a commentary on just that. It's a micro-synthesis on the pitfalls of AI, adding to the discourse of man versus machine art.
As the only Filipino artist who presented in Art Basel Hong Kong and SEA Focus in Singapore, interdisciplinary artist Bjorn Calleja knows a thing or two about the phygital world. In Parallel, his classic humanoid characters, with their boldly augmented signature macabre figurations, fluorescent colors, and droopy eyes, are rendered in NFTs and sculptures in tiny scale.
When we think of post-conceptual art, we know it to be a movement that champions the concept or idea of a thing, as well as the events that shaped it, over the product's actual medium or aesthetics. For Skye Nicolas, whose work encompasses painting, photography, filmmaking, and digital art, he relies on an old friend: his very first Walkman.
"Mirage: Sky Still 1."
Singaporean painter Wyn-Lyn Tan has gone on to exhibit in New York and Norway, and even has a permanent collection up at the Singapore Art Museum. Her pieces in Parallel offer much of the same rhythm and gravitas as with her past work. Her generative art relies on specially made artificial intelligence programs.
Award-winning photographer, director, and film artist Raymond Lauchengco finds himself taking on new media these days. For Parallel, we can catch his select collection of salvaged, found wood pieces, where functional and digital art collide.
"Rainbow Naked Sea Butterfly." The 10-year-old artist is an international sensation.
Sevi Agregado is a child prodigy whose works are emblematic of the vibrancy of youth and the power of augmented reality as an added layer to his understanding of wildlife. Digital versions of his works have been exhibit at Times Square (for NFT.NYC) and Art Basel Miami, among others. Now, he takes on Art Fair Philippines with the gallery.
A still from "Nine Manananggals."
The Aswang Collection and Aswang Tribe's works have garnered over 600 Ethereum (over P50 million) in trading volume, as we all know. The anonymous illustrator will be presenting one of his 1/1 pieces, "Nine Mananaggals" for the showcase. Aswang's pieces continue to reflect a desire to use NFTs as a medium for exploring Filipino ancient, archetypal, and pre-colonial stories.
Rounding out the other names we can expect in this exhibition are CryptoArtPh Founder Jopet Arias, cryptoart movers The Alarcon Brothers, veteran artist Carlos, art designer AJ Dimarucot, Fractals creator Isaiah Cacnio, and surrealist Sheila Ledesma. Each, of course, offer their own insights into the ins, outs, advantages, pitfalls, collective grief, and shared optimism in the phygital world.
Parallel by Galeria Paloma will be displayed at Booth 27-A at the 10th Art Fair Philippines, from February 17 to 19, 2023 at The Link in Makati. The exhibition will also be simultaneously held at Ninfa Labs in Milan, Italy.