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Thursday, December 3, 2009

K+K+KKK-AYOS!


K+K+KKK-AYOS!
(ORDER IN CHAOS)
A family show by
Kidlat Tahimik, Katrin de Guia and sons Kidlat, Kawayan and Kabunyan

Langit, lupa, Kidlat, kulog, Kidlat, katawa, Kawayan, kapwa, kaaway, kalipay, kalayaan, Kabunyan, kabisig, Katrin. Sino si Eric? Wala—si Kidlat Junior nga siya!

D’ K+K+KKK artists:

Tatay K IDLAT TAHIMIK. The warrior at the protracted kultur-blitzkrieg. Untiring in re-awakening our Pinoy indio-genius strengths. Once on the dark side, this economist-turned-filmmaker-turning-rice-terrace-farmer joins this family show using life-sized rattan sculptures woven by a blind Ifugao craftsman to represent his “bamboo-camera crew” in the latest variation of his “Balik-Bahag” philosophy.

Bunso KABUNYAN DE GUIA is a mosaic artist who loves to take photographs and communicate his ideas through T-shirt paintings. And this is exactly what he will show. Photographs mounted in mosaics. The youngest son of Kidlat Tahimik and Katrin de Guia, he shares his father’s fancy for the unusual, for the things out of the scopes of frame. His is the art of a shape-shifter, of a jester. If there is such a thing as a dyslexic art, that would be his style.

Bamboo-son KAWAYAN DE GUIA, the middle one of the three brothers, enjoyed a year of awards and celebrations in 2009. These are well earned fruits of intensive labour. Determined to be an artist since he was very young, he began painting since he could hold a pen. His visual stories are intriguing. They are ever changing and yet ever the same. In this, the artist is likened to an ancient storyteller, who conjures the skies for ever-new circles of friends.

KIDLAT DE GUIA is the panganay who brought this family together. A reluctant filmmaker, he discovered that this medium actually suited him well, and his documentaries would bring him fortune and fame. His second love as an artist is photography, and this is what he will present at the family show. “I am a silent observer of life,” he says, “and there is so much LIFE out there that is worthwhile watching!” Unlike his brothers, who play around with materials and images, he likes to deliberately construct his frames. Carefully, he studies the light and the angles before he captures an action. Eventually, when looking through his shoots, ideas well up that lead to exciting concepts and stories. Thus, creation, for Kidlat, has a measured pace, far from his father’s hectic detours and “last minute” revelations.

German born KATRIN DE GUIA has been a permanent resident of the Philippines for 30 years. She finished her BA at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, where she specialized in sculpture and conceptual art. As the wife of filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik, she moved to Baguio in 1979 where she was actively involved with the Baguio Arts Guild. While her artistic interests embrace ephemeral art (conceptual / spiritual / performance / installation), she also has some permanently installed stained glass windows at Baguio’s Brent School and the University of Baguio Chapel. After all her sons had entered school, the artist went back to school. Under the tutelage of Virgilio Enriquez she studied Filipino Indigenous Psychology at the University of the Philippines, where she received her PhD in Psychology. Her pioneering research on Filipino artist culture-bearers, eventually led to the writing of her book KAPWA-The Self in the Other (Anvil 2006). Together with Kidlat Tahimik she founded the Heritage and Arts Academies of the Philippines, Inc. (HAPI), a foundation dedicated to strengthen and rebuild the Filipino indigenous culture. Presently, she heads the Victor Oteyza Community Art Space (VOCAS) in Baguio City. This unusual art-space-gallery and café along Session Road was created single-handedly and without blueprints by Kidlat Tahimik.

For this show Katrin de Guia exhibits small sculptures made from bones, shells and other objects. She collected these during decades of research all over the Philippine islands. Her works are assembled with rattan strips in a process she calls “Memory Weaving.” Her technique is an adaptation of the art practice of the Visayan culture-bearing artist Perry Argel and his “Ritual of Daily Living”. This is her first show after nearly two decades.

K+kkk+K will exhibit at Ricco Renzo Galleries on December 5,2009 at 6pm, Saturday. Ricco Renzo is at GF LRI Design Plaza, 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Formerly REposo, Bel Air 2, Makati City, visit www.riccorenzo.com or call Kaye Nuguid +632 898-2545 or 0927-3244013/ 0923-6586779.

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