While tons of styrofoam have clogged the world’s landfills and waterways, artist Juan Elani Tulas has created used styro containers as a medium for his art. The results of his experimentation with polystyrene, gasoline and tinting colors have produced numerous intricate mosaic paintings, exhibited both here and abroad. His latest solo show, entitled “Kadilian”, is ongoing at Samtoy Books at the La Tabacalera Lifestyle Center.
Kadilain, the Ilocano term for coral reef, never leaves his imagination. Born to Ibaloi and Bontoc parents, Juan was raised by relatives in the coastal village of Ricudo in Sinait, Ilocos Sur, where he paints 8 hours a day at his “bodega” of a studio. He says he dreams landscapes even in his sleep. I can imagine how deep Juan’s imagination is. He’s been painting for seventeen years and he says he still enjoys it even if his semi-dead fingernails say otherwise.
“You may see it differently, but I know what it is,” Juan says enigmatically.
Two particular paintings I like are Peace Pond I and II. He wants to show the richness of the coast up north, he says. Lovely art. I will definitely have to see Juan when my own dream of owning a house by the beach comes true.
Ten styro fruit boxes went into the painting in the background. One artwork takes one month to fully dry.
Many thanks to Juan Tulas and Gee Foronda Dianos and Mabeth Macayanan of Samtoy Books for the nice and cozy Sunday afternoon.
Photos by Gee Diaros and Blauearth
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Samtoy Books at the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center gathered 40 young mannurat (writers) from the different schools in the province for a naisangsangayan a taripnong (first-of-its-kind gathering) that tackled the art of writing and blogging. Along with the country’s top male fashion blogger/endorser/stylist, David Guison, linguistic anthropologist Dana Osborne, young and talented Ilocano graphic and blog designer Vince Canlapan, I was given the honor of sharing my know-how.
The young writers seemed engaged. Hoping to see more Ilocanos in the blogosphere.
Angeleno Dana Osborne talks about her study on the Ilocano language, sprinkling words like kadiay, nakare-red, nabangsit. Her grasp is amazing!
Jun Arvin Gudoy, communications and media department head of the PGIN reaches out. He speaks about the SIRIB Express programs that address the educational needs of the youth. Stella Gaspar (in the photo below) facilitates the wonderful event.
Dave Guison is really as nice as he looks!
Dana and Gee Foronda Diaros.
Former Miss Pamulinawen Festival Jada Maltezo looking sultry in her new ‘do.
Ilocano writer Jennifer Tagavilla asks tips on how to sign up for a blog.
Congratulating Samtoy Books for a job well done!
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When I featured Ilocano visual artist Mike Kairuz in 2010 (here), it was after a random visit at his home. At the launch of his own exhibit at the Samtoy Books in the La Tabacalera Ilocano Lifestyle Center last night, I was finally able to take photos of him and his art. I didn’t know he left his tools only to come back after four years of absence in the art scene. Once an artist, always an artist. But Mike’s got new verve.
If you look closely into the painting, Begin The Journey, you’d notice a woman with an umbrella, kind of resembling Imelda, and a Pablo Picasso-like figure on the other side. There’s also a calesa which could fit into the entrance of the legendary Laoag Sinking Bell Tower.
Mike has added a child to his tres Marias. He wishes to do an all black and white series next.
“Four Years After” Multiple Perspectives runs until the 12th of December.
My blogger bestie, Marianne Gaces Pasion. We tend to meet unexpectedly. She took some of the photos.
It was nice to have met another artist, Nicole Rudio. I chanced upon her beautiful work at Samtoy Books in August. I’m looking forward to meet with her again for a feature in the blog.
I also got to meet the bookstore’s gracious manager, Gee Foronda Diaros.
Complementing each other, Eric Cayetano is a musician/videographer. Aren’t they a lovely couple?
I’ve known Stella Gaspar since about 8 years ago, here in the net:) She’s all grown up.
Photographed by Eugene, Gee, Marianne and Blauearth
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