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What happens when group of students create a Set Design & Build Class Project, which they call Set in the Street, inspired by Justin Bettman at the iconic site in the heart of Cebu City? Amazing happens. That’s what the 3rd Year Students of University of San Jose Recoletos (USJR) DJC LIACOM did and it was awesome. The Inspiration: Set in the Street is an ongoing art project by US-based photographer Justin Bettman. It consists of elaborate and detailed interior sets made from unwanted or discarded materials and furniture. After shooting photos of the interiors with models, the sets are left on the street where passersby can take their own photos and share it on Instagram using the hashtag #setintheStreet. According to Bettman’s website, “the shoots explore the complex ideas of perspective and perception through revealing the larger picture that we often overlook.” These sets are constructed in different cities…

It was already our last evening in Hong Kong. Further shopping in the night market was out of the question since my pocket money had ran out. I was even having second thoughts about going to Disneyland for our last day since the ticket cost HKD 500+. With my habitual indecisiveness, I googled “things to do in Hong Kong this week” for alternatives to seeing Mickey Mouse. I got into this website where they featured a lot of activities and events around the world-class city. My eyes widened when I saw the Must-See list. Joan Cornellà: A Hong Kong Themed Solo Exhibition. The Joan Cornellà!? If you’re a 9gagger or a lurker in the internet, there’s a 90% chance you’ve seen his works. The Spanish-born cartoonist and illustrator is famous for his dark, humorous and unsettling themes. This was my chance. I doubt if he’d visit Manila anytime soon. Disneyland isn’t going anywhere anyway…

Of all the countries that I’ve been to thus far, I think Seoul tops the list for most Instagram-worthy city. There’s just always something to photograph—the sleek and shiny office buildings in Gangnam, the beautiful architecture of its universities, the tree-laden parks which dot every district of this megacity, the quirky shops and cafes, the weird but captivating street art along deserted alleyways, and the list goes on. Not to be overlooked, though, is the Seoul Trick Eye Museum. What makes this museum so unique is that instead of being a typical art gallery where one merely looks at the paintings, one can be a part of the painting themselves. The paintings housed in the museum are created using a technique called trompe-l’œil, which is French for “deceives the eye.” This particular art style gives each 2D masterpiece the illusion of being in 3D. Trompe-l’œil is not a new concept,…

Fernando Modesto has been working as an artist for more than 40 years. Last weekend, he held an exhibit in Shutterspace Studios in Quezon City where he displayed some of his works from the 80s to the late 90s. This was a very important exhibit to him because it served as a fundraiser to support his daughter, Roxy, who wants to follow her dreams and study in New York. Most of the works he displayed were oil paintings. Some pieces are inspired by concrete concepts, such as angels, ice cream, and Cannes, while others are much more abstract and open to interpretation, such as the pieces like Feel Picasso, Ray, and Kafka’s Hair. He also experiments with various media at times, most notably his piece Droplets, with acrylic paint and marbles, and his lithographic prints from the 80s like Dracula. The most notable aspect of Modesto’s art is the playful…

2017 has been another successful year for the Philippine Art Events, Inc.  A project of theirs that started in 2013, Art Fair Philippines has grown exponentially since the first year.  This event that began as a way for galleries and artists to gather together to showcase their work has not only attracted potential buyers, but also art enthusiasts, curious people, as well as social media-addicted teenagers. The event was held on the 5th, 6th, and 7th floors of The Link in Makati. The 5th floor was used mainly for sponsors whereas the 6th floor was where the galleries were. Talks were held on the 7th floor. Each of the galleries curated the best work from their inventory to showcase in their exhibits. Often you would find either the owner or the manager of the gallery there to assist you, and if you were lucky, you would even find some artists in the area.…