An art exhibition spread across various locations around Poblacion, Batan, Pag-unawa offered another perspective of the people, geography and distinct traditions and cultures of Batan through contemporary art.
Pag-unawa, in collaboration with the Municipality of Batan, was the first exhibition by Elmo’s House Artist Residency, and marks its official introduction to the Batan community.
Group Art Show
Paniki Gallery at Elmo’s House
December 4 – 8, 2017, 9 – 11am & 4 – 8pm
Pag-unawa featured art works completed by artists during their Residency at Elmo’s House. Exhibited along with artworks by local talents, this show offered a visual presentation of what it means to seek pag-unawa.
Fan 1 and Fan 2, 2017
Kuh Del Rosario
mixed media on watercolour paper
The electric fan is an important tool for survival in the Philippines. It is part of the everyday. It is present during social gatherings as well as private moments. Both Fan 1 and Fan 2 depicts such intimate scenes, unique to the experience of living in this place.
Learn more about Kuh's practice:
Elmo’s Rocks, 2017
acrylic on watercolour paper
As the title suggests, Larissa Tiggelers took inspiration from Elmo Del Rosario’s lifetime collection of rocks. Devoid of imagery, Elmo’s Rocks distills colours into flat fields, urging the viewer to look with intention and contemplation at the quiet details of her abstract composition.
Find out more about Larissa's work and time here at the Residency:
(link to come)
acrylic on canvas
Inspired by the religious iconographies in both public and private spaces in Batan, Marc Standing created Icon, a centerpiece for his own altar-inspired installation. Icon speaks of the spirituality and ritual that accompanies religion. Having spent considerable time in different parts of the world (South Africa, Australia, China, UK, Mexico), Standing believes understanding religion is key to knowing a particular place.
Year of the Rooster, 2017
(artifacts of a performance piece) unfired clay, acrylic
Sabong has been part of the Filipino culture for over 4000 years. Aspects of this sport has seeped into the everyday, starting with the morning cries of the rooster. They are in your neighbor’s backyard, along highways and spilling onto the streets. Tsēma Igharas’ Year of the Rooster takes inspiration from the careand conditioning fighting cocks receive. During her residency,
she fed roosters from her painted wares as an act of participation in this important facet of Filipino culture.
Read more about Tsēma's project:
Year of the Rooster
Apat na Bulaklak, 2017
Nancy De Mayo
newspaper, bamboo, coloured cellophane
Inspired by traditional filipino weaving and crafts, Nancy de Mayo, a local Batangnon, decided to create her own interpration using upcycled materials common in the filipino household. Over time, De Mayo perfected the process to produce a thoughtful interpretation of a long stemmed flower.
Waiting for Dinner, 2017
acrylic on watercolour paper
At Elmo’s House, Sara Reedman contributed to the day to day aspects of the Residency. Studio time became an act of solitude and contemplation. Her paintings on paper are testaments of focus and intuitive mark making. Waiting for Dinner indicates a particular moment in the studio before the dinner bells ring.
Find out more:
Sara's Straight-forward Approach to Art Making
deconstructed textiles on found coral
Danielle Gotell had an ambitous, labor intensive project involving Elmo Del Rosario’s old collared shirts. After deconstructing the shirts back to its fibers, Gotell bleached and colored the fabric with natural dyes. Gotell then spun the fibers into new yarn.She used a loom to create a textile sculpture that sits on a coral, also from Elmo Del Rosario’s collection.
Find out more about the piece and Danielle's time here at the Residency:
The Steady and Deliberate Process of Danielle Gotell
Artist Stools, 2017
rebar, enamel, coco lumber
As an Industrial Designer, Jonathan Igharas was interested in designing furniture for the Residency using local materials. Using rebar and coco lumber, he designed a contemporary workstation with clean lines and durable structure. Shown are three of the four stools from the set.
See the rest of the stools and work table:
JLD Hall (side entrance wall)
December 4 – 8, 2017
Pamilya depicts the typical Batangnon family taking a leisurely ride around town in a tri-bike. Inspired by the day-to-day scenes of the town, artist Ryan Romero took inspiration from the true wealth of Batan.
See the more of Ryan's paintings:
3. Unique Batan
Sa Garahe at Elmo’s House
December 4 – 8, 2017, 6 – 8pm
Unique Batan is a short video installation that developed from the 30 second Talent Show project (November 2017). Designed to gain deeper insight into the heart of the Batan people, Karilynn Ming Ho invited locals to share their skills and talents outside of the usual competition format. In Unique Batan, Ming Ho celebrates what makes each individual unique, contributing to the richness of this place.
Find out more about Karilynn's time here at the Residency:
(link to come)
Interactive Art Installation
Batan Town Plaza
December 4 – 8, 2017, 4 – 6pm
#citizenpong is a project originally conceived for Contemporary Calgary Arts Festival in 2016. Adapted for his Residency at Elmo’s House, Bradley Harms designed this version inspired by the colors and materials he encountered around town. The rebar base was constructed by local artisan Eliazar Oliveros from Lupit, while the table top was painted by Harms in his distinct style. Ping pong acts as the entry point to engage with his art. Surpassing language
and cultural barriers, #citizenpong is a project that dismantles the white cube and makes contemporary art accessible at once.
Read more about Brad's project:
The Municipality of Batan, the Mayor’s Office, Marjorie Rosales, Sharon Idolog, Dan Laurente, Eric Del Rosario, Batan Academy, Batan Elementary School, Lyn Ventura, Nancy de Mayo, Coleen P. Sucgang & RainForest Botanical Garden, Linilla A. Felix & Family, Jester Brian C. Trinidad, Raia Tenazes & Family, Jigger Emanuel B. Panado, Karylle Depra & Family, Jester Dongon & Family, Janine Estigoy & Family, Gemma Mae Sunggay, Joemil B.Dunan & Family, Lourdly Aguelo Aragon, Jose De Juan, Larissa Tiggelers, the Romero Family and the Del Rosario Family.
Pag-unawa is dedicated to Judge Elmo F. Del Rosario. You are always in our thoughts.