Monday, September 23, 2013

EDII - 01 mobilization

Estudio Damgo II - week 1: we are mobilizing the site at Core Shelter, Bajumpandan.  There are 27 weeks to complete the building and site work.  Major task for week 1 include: site clearing, constructing a secure tool storage, verifying property lines and benchmarks, and staking the foundation.  In just four days, we've managed to get a lot done with the help of Core Shelter volunteer residents.  One of the biggest accomplishments was moving a large stack of clay bricks off site so we can stake the foundation.  With the help of ten volunteers along side five, fifth year architecture students, the clay bricks were relocated in six hours.

Day 1: the "before" site photo.

 Core Shelter volunteers removing the plants from the site.

 The crew of 10 volunteers assist in relocating the clay bricks. 

 Core Shelter volunteers relocate the clay bricks off site.

 Forming a human chain to move the bricks.

 A volunteer neatly stacks the bricks at the new location.

 Day 2: The bricks are neatly stacked.

 Two girls eating mango slices.

 Day 3: The "after" site photo.

Day 4: Daryl and a Core Shelter volunteer secure the Galvanized Iron (GI) corrugated sheet roofing to the new secure tool storage.

 Rhea and Leigh cut reclaimed 1x2 wood stakes.

 Daryl uses a bolo knife to sharpen the points on the stakes.

Efren and a Core Shelter volunteer are tasked with untangling the nylon string for staking.

 Daryl, pictured with the Core Shelter residents at the community meeting.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mientras Tanto

Mientras Tanto, is the title of the art show at Cube Gallery in Cebu, Philippines.  It means, "in the meantime" in Visayan, the native language of Dumaguete City.  A group of seven artists from Dumaguete City have been invited to show artworks at the new gallery.  I'm delighted to be among this group to display my recent works entitled, I hear you, I see you, I feel you.  Mientras Tanto debuts September 14, 2013.  

Photographed with my artworks: I hear you, I see you, I feel you is part of the Balloon Series.  It is a meditation in art making which unveils layers of colors and shapes by removing paint from the canvas.  - Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero

Hersley-Ven Casero is another participating artist for Mientras Tanto at Cube Gallery.  His work entitled, 3,2,1 is part of the Helmet Series.  It is inspired by metro Dumaguete as the motorcycle capital of the Philippines.  The helmet is an object for protection and a reminder that we all need to protect ourselves as we direct our course in life.  We are not just numbers, but individuals with a purpose.

Progress photos for Mientras Tanto.  Several layers of painting went into these works.

The poster above, was created for a show at KRI Restaurant in Dumaguete in August.  Take Off is a group show featuring three artists: Iris Armogenia, Hersley-Ven Casero, and myself.  Several works of the Balloon Series are now displayed at a few locations around Dumaguete: at The Bean Connection - West Portal, and at Kri Restaurant.  

And mientras tanto, a collaborative work between Hersley and I, a gift for two talented musicians, Jay Cyrus and Sky Louise, from Dumaguete who are getting married (today, September 8, 2013).  It was requested by the wedding couple that we all dress up in 1920's attire.  What a fun theme for a wedding!  Mientras tanto, celebrating and enjoying life in Dumaguete City, Philippines! - Photo by Kenan Tuada