I decided to head to the Vargas Museum in UP Diliman after hearing about the exhibit Forces at Work which is a collaboration with The Japan Foundation, Manila.
This was my favorite art in the lobby. I did not see the name of the work anywhere or if it’s even the main point of the artwork as it was like a small room, a cubicle containing the television. Maybe it was just built around the television to emphasize the point. Even without having the patience to watch what’s in the TV, I still find it genius and a beautiful piece both aesthetically and architecturally. I didn’t know that foam cups could give elegance almost reminiscent of the old Filipino windows made of capiz shells (windowpane oyster).
It is big enough in person to not get goosebumps.
I liked this photo a lot, including the wallpaper.
If Pop art is turning popular culture references into art, and ARTPOP is bringing high art into the pop culture, I would classify these as Pop art. Just look at the prints: Filipino snacks that used to be famous. Many parents would recognize them from their childhood.
After only liking 2 artworks in the lobby, in a way, the 3rd floor saved the exhibit. It is the reason why I would not discourage people from checking the exhibit. Isn’t it interesting? This is the schedule of the Vargas Museum events until the end of January 2015. I was not able to attend the event today because I had to work so I have no idea how the events go yet; although if you’re not here from the North, I do not suggest that you go out of the way just for the exhibit alone.