‘Sangkutsa’ at Robinsons Land ARTablado 

There are exhibitions where all the elements simmer into a collective pot of insight and illumination. 

“Sangkutsa”, which will be on view April 1-13 at Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria, is an art show where each piece pays tribute to a specific area, mindset and aesthetics. 

 The latest presentation of Robinsons Land ARTablado,  “Sangkutsa” features the works of Sining Rizal, a group of artists founded in 2009 whose members come from towns around Laguna Lake and  its lush mountain ranges.  

Organizer-participant Bong Anore describes the show: “Just like an (appetizer) to a . . . delectable course, these artworks are carefully crafted and well-executed by disciplined and experienced individuals making their own mark.” 

The artists of Sining Rizal are Ambhet Lugtu, Bello Pasa, Jr., Bernie Supsupin, Bong Anore, Charlie Timtiman, Charlie Val, Fernando Jovellano, Gerry Marasigan, Jhune Bernardo, Jonalyn Villar Montero, Jovito Andres, Jun Tiongco, Michael Ong, Oiet Aramil, Reggie Lim, Rey Punelas, Roger Fulgado, Ronald delos Santos, Ronald Limayo, Carlos “Totong” Francisco II, William Alcantara, and Winslomer delos Santos. 

They all have a unique narrative to share in terms of overcoming the hardships caused by the pandemic and have, Anore says, “kept our painting ways in the most resilient and resourceful manner.” 

He adds, “This visual art exhibition is . . . proof that we survived (and thrived) as artists during the pandemic. Life as an artist may have been rough and tough, but no pandemic can stop a persevering, determined and creative mind.” 

With “Sangkutsa,” each Sining Rizal member presents his/her current state of mind – an individual participating in a collective vision. 

The appeal of Andres’ art lies in its ability to impart simple childhood pleasures – a serene fishing village, a rustic farm and the bliss of his beloved hometown of Angono. Fulgado (a.k.a. Rogelio Delos Santos) is obsessed with capturing light, shade, color and harmony while Tiongco’s works are impressionistic renditions of tranquil life.  

 Supsupin’s subjects are the common folk presented as paragons of fortitude and diligence. Francisco, grandson of National Artist Botong Francisco, creates works that may be described as Figurative Automatism or Abstract Expressionism, focusing on the “visceral, symbolic, transitional and metaphysical.” Val paints micro-cube patterns in earthly colors and exquisite hues.  

Anore is bold in his choice of colors and subjects –  kites in flight, stargazing children, etc. Nagcarlan’s ((Laguna) Jovellano creates sculptures from scrap metal, his subjects ranging from steampunk seahorse and owl to sound contraptions. Marasigan is a practitioner of Abstraction and Impressionism. Ong depicts people, fish, and festive occasions to convey his optimistic outlook.  Bernardo’s focus is clear as he makes acute observations that are rendered with expressive painterly marks. Villar-Montero creates portraiture and neo-realist art using charcoal, pastel, oil or acrylic.  Limayo’s still life show a mix of fish, vegetables and fruits with the jarring inclusion of smart phones, credit and identification cards, keys to show how modern-day conveniences change still-life iconography. Lugtu, who is also from Angono, uses exuberant colors while Lim’s art shows the influence of his home province as he experiments with different styles and techniques before settling on still life. Punelas depicts human dramas such as the father-and-son dynamics and farmers reaping the rewards of their daily toil. Alcantara’s goal is to turn ordinary days into something extraordinary. 

Pasa, Timtiman and De los Santos celebrate the charm of their hometown and the poetic dynamics of its people.   

Established in 2020, Robinsons Land ARTablado, a combination of art and entablado (stage) is Robinsons Land’s very own showcase of Filipino ingenuity and creativity. The platform allows emerging artists to freely express themselves through art and opens the way to greater recognition of their talent and hard work.  

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