Ground Floor, Island Tower Condominium, 239 Salcedo St., cor. Benavides St., Legaspi Village, Makati City – this is where Prism Gallery is located.
I am not familiar with the place (and so did the cab driver) but we managed to arrive there on time to attend the opening ceremony for the Cut and Paste: Paper cut exhibition.
As we admire the artwork displayed in the studio, we are privileged enough to have an interview with the owner of Prism Gallery, Ms. Joanna Marigold Tantoco. She said that she paints even during her childhood days, but she never had the chance to focus until she took her 2nd degree in Fine Arts. Her first degree is a business course and did marketing as a career.
In 1990, she went to UP College of Fine Arts and took up industrial Design but she did not finish it because she went to Australia to do a corporate job (also in marketing). She frequently visits galleries at that time because she did not forget her love of art.
Last 2012, she decided to have a career change and established her own consulting firm in marketing. During that year, she also pursued her love for arts and looked for a place where she can establish her gallery.
As per Ms. Tantoco, the Prism Gallery is her advocacy to give artists the chance to exhibit their work and at the same time for people know the different kinds of art by featuring them in the gallery.
This time, from August 1-30, the gallery is featuring CUT and PASTE, the art of paper cutting.
Paper cutting is not new in the Philippines, it’s been with us for centuries and we usually saw it in lantern decorations during Christmas and to the pastillas wrappers of San Miguel Bulacan.
Today, paper cutting has transitioned from fork to contemporary art, scissors and paper provide a unique medium for expressions that enthuses artists.
The Artists And Their Artworks
She is now 81 years old and one of the few remaining pastillas paper cutters of San Miguel Bulacan.
Her mother is the one who taught her together with 7 siblings the art of “Pabalat” making in pastillas using tiny scissors and papel de Japon.
When former first lady Imelda Marcoz became her avid customer, her reputation spread. She was invited recently by Chefs Myrna Segismundo and Jill Sandique to demonstrate her art at Edsa Shangri-la and has had her fair share of media attention with features in Philippines’ “Something to Chew On”. She was also featured in Business Inquirer and “Umagang Kay Ganda.”
Her craft begins during childhood in the province of Pangasinan where she learned how to make her own toy from everyday stuff at home. She now owns a brick-and-mortar craft shop where she spends more of her time paper cutting intricate design of trees, flowers, landscapes and everything in between.
During the opening of cut and paste exhibition in Prism Gallery, she wears a blouse made out of paper designed by her which she took 1 1/2 days to make. (The artwork hanging on the wall in the picture is also her creation.)
Pergy primary works with paper and textiles to create two and three dimensional pieces and draws inspiration from passionate people she meets and moments from the everyday life.
Aside from being a member of Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (ANG I.N.K) and craft group, Speculiars, she has also illustrated several children’s books for Adarna House, Lampara Books and OMF Lit.
Liza is an award winning illustrator who illustrated 18 children’s books, including “But that Won’t Wake Me Up” (Filipino Reader’s Choice Awards for Children’s Books 2012), “The Secret is in the Soil” (National Children’s Book Awards Best Reads 2012), and the ever-popular “Chenelyn Chenelyn!” (Gintong Aklat Award, 1999).
She is also a professional designer and a long-time member of Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan (ANG I.N.K). Always been drawn to the potential of paper, Liza enjoys the challenge of the cutting process.
Lala attended the College of Fine Arts at UP Diliman, majoring painting before graduating with a degree in Art History in 2004.
Lala began using paper cutting techniques in 2007, after being exposed to the traditional “pabalat” craft in Bulacan.
Her past group exhibitions include “Hand Job: A Rearticulation of Craft” at Galerie Ana, “On Immanence”, at Project Space Pilipinas, and “9-5” at Now Gallery.
This August, Lala will be part Pablo Galleries’ 10th anniversary show, “Into One Category or Another”, at Post Gallery, Cubao X. She will also be having a solo show at Altromondo Gallery in October.
Badz take up Advertising Design at the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman, Quezon City.
He is now a full-time fine artist and works on commissions for selected clients in painting, illustration and most significantly Papercut art.
He is also the founder of the Papercutters Guild of the Philippines – with members from different provinces in the country, and a member of the Philippine Art Educators Association (PAEA).
Aside from studio works, he travels the Philippines to conduct art workshops for students and teachers alike. He also serves as a resource person for the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) to conduct art demos, workshops, and art groups and audiences.
Other Photos from the event
If you want to know more about their work, you can contact Prism Gallery through the following:
Facebook Page: Prism Gallery
Contact Number: +632-886-3947 / +63-917-893-0095 / +63-917-326-8354
Show runs from August 1-30, 2015.
You can check here the walking direction from Ayala MRT Station.