Friday Finds to Get You Through This Complex Sphere of Life 05/21/2010

Hey folks! Here’s to another set of Friday Finds!

It will have to be a bit of a mashup today since I’m off and running!

Sorry to have missed last weeks finds. But I have a good excuse! I traveled to the “Pahiyas Festival” in Quezon. It was a feast of food, frolic and fun. More on that in the next post and upcoming articles…

So for now…let’s get to the finds! And fast!!!

In Manila? Art fiend? Curious about the elements of religion and spirituality in the country? Then check out tonight’s exhibit, FAITH + REASON & CATCHING THE SPIRIT OF A HERITAGE, at the Manila Contemporary.

Here’s a brief overview of the event via the website

“Religion and spirituality are two key influences in personal and cultural life, as belief systems occupy various positions in social strata through individual appeal. Faith and reason aims to cover the spectrum of religious iconography (as selected by artists within the SEA region), from its creation and abstraction through history and tradition, to the consumption of its supposed ‘meanings’ and ‘uses’. Such iconography extends beyond the institutions from which they originate, and are finally appropriated by contemporary culture, only to produce ‘representations’ which subsequently, represent something entirely different.

With a variety of styles from Southeast Asian artists such as Ahmad Zakii Anwar (Malaysia), Filippo Sciascia (Italian-based in Indonesia), Jason Wee (Singapore), Sri Astari (Indonesia), Manit Sriwanichpoom (Thailand), Pintor Sirait (Indonesia), Mella Jaarsma (Indonesia) Agus Baqul Purnomo (Indonesia) and Made Wijaya (Indonesia). together with Filipino artists Roberto Chabet, Valeria Cavestany, Mariano Ching, Popo San Pascual, Maya Muňoz, Kiko Escora, Mark Salvatus, Yason Banal, Leeroy New, Trek Valdizno, Andres Barrioquinto, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Patty Eustaquio, Frankie Callaghan and Gerardo Tan, Faith and Reason features artworks as varied as the exhibition’s subject.

Opening alongside Faith and Reason is Catching The Spirit Of A Heritage, a solo exhibition by Guy Custodio at the second floor gallery. Guy Custodio is a Bohol-based artist whose works depict the religious heritage of his adopted home-province.

Faith and Reason will open with a performance by Billy Bonnevie and Pinikpikan.”

Find out more by checking the gallery website: http://www.manilacontemporary.com/main/

Seeking more art? Then you’re in luck! Check out Monique Obligacion and Edsel Abesames’ work entitled “LAWFUL EVIL” which is an “exhibit of sins, iniquities, and transgressions.”

The show will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 9:00pm at”Big Sky Mind” (a hip bar located next to…a gallery named “Beside Big Sky Mind” …doesn’t that already tell you that it’ll be fun, quirky and a wee bit odd? Lovely.)

Art + a kickass bar + rubber cobra vodka shots (check it out and you’ll see what I mean)

= mindblowing alcoholic mindhack!

Find out more by checking out the facebook event page:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=108727755839130

On that same evening, there will also be a show at the Ayala Museum (free wine folks!! go, go, go!)

Now for other things going on around the  web:

Inspired but can’t get those creative juices flowing? Maybe you just need more sleep!

Love NYC? Then check out this flickr photo show of a Manhattan Childhood.

I’ll add more but am in a mad rush! Have a heartpounding weekend folks!




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