I’m taking part of this rare calligraphy art show to be held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland 11/7 to 12/12. Check out the opening reception at 5pm 11/7 where artists will be in attendance for a discussions and demos. Over 70 artworks were curated out of over 250 submissions from local, national and international artists and calligraphers including Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Italy, India, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, Russia, Turkey, UK, and USA.
Additionally, I’ll be taking part of a side event of the show at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on 11/21
Finally had the opportunity to meet and interview a dude I’ve been following on IG for a while. I like his style as we have similar influences and backgrounds in destruction of private property 🙂
Emerging from Manila, Archie Geotina also known as Chichimonster, is a multi-disciplinary artist with roots heavily seeded in the street and graffiti culture of the Philippines. Archie’s influence is not “street” in the traditional sense—it is the culmination of growing up in a raw setting filled with colonial influence, extreme social disparity, and religious undertones. It is the vibration of the developing world, with rich insight on how new political power operates in this modern world. His art depicts the irony and the truth of being in an environment that nurtures luxury and poverty at the same time. He co-founded the graffiti crew Katipunan Street Plan (KST) in 2006, which marked the beginning of his evolution from the traditional graffiti to creating his own unique style. Combined with a stream of consciousness process that taps into the countries historical references, he bases his graffiti lettering on the lost Philippine alphabet, the Alibata. His style is also inspired by the multitude of local cultures within the Philippine islands. From murals to portraits, Archie mixes different materials of acrylic paint, spray paint, ink, resin, and wheat paste to create his pieces. He has also used fire extinguishers in his mixed media pieces. His art has led him to work in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Bacolod, Los Angeles, and New York.
In my 1 hour interview with him for my documentary, Sulat ng Malansang Isda, we talked about everything from art, business, old vs new and of course Baybayin. Lookout for a future event with Philippines based Baybayin artists. If you’re in Manila, check out his upcoming solo show April 16 at A Space Gallery in Makati.
Last Friday, 9/12 I had the opportunity to paint the floors of Bergeron’s Books in Oakland California. After painting, we had a Q&A session.
The group show, Philippine Nostalgia 2 was featured in the Asian Journal. Opening is this Friday 3PM at the DiNapoli Gallery in San Jose. FB event:https://www.facebook.com/events/535258056596169/?ref=br_tf
Here’s a preview of my 3 pieces for the show
This is a weird one…..Bill Murray X Baybayin! I’m taking part of The Murray Affair: A Bill Murray art show in San Francisco 8/8/14. When I first heard of the show, I thought it would be interesting to see how Bill Murray would look like in Baybayin. “Western” names can be challenging to write. I tried it using the modern method using the vowel killers but it looked too “busy”. I decided to do it traditionally as Bi (Bill) Mu-Re (Murray). I could’ve also done it Me-Re as well but artistically, the composition looked better with the kudlit at the bottom for the Ma character. In the pict, the red marks are the kudlits.
Based on what I’ve seen, most of the art will be portraits. It will be interesting how this pre-Filipino piece goes with the rest of the artwork. To see pix of the event this Friday (San Francisco, US time), follow me on FB/Baybayin.
The Public Works SF
161 Erie St, SF, 94103
I’ll be showing 3 new Baybayin pieces at this show. Check it out
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show – June 27 & 28 111 Minna Gallery
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111 Minna St.
SF, CA 94105
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PAINTINGS, MIXED MEDIA, PHOTOGRAPHY, SCULPTURES, DRAWINGS, GRAFFITI!!!
VIEW THIS LINK TO GET AN IDEA OF PREVIOUS SHOWS!!!
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to do live chalk art at the tourist filled Union Square in San Francisco. It was a Filam music and art event put on by Kularts. What makes this significant is that Baybayin was seen by thousands of people all over the world. They now know that Filipinos have a writing system.
I did 2 pieces. 1 was the lyrics to Bawat Bata by Apo Hiking Society and a proverb “Kapag walang tiyaga, walang nilaga”. After I completed the Baybayin art, the public was invited to add to my artwork.
Music by Cassandra Farrar and character mural by Paolo Salazar.
For those that don’t follow me on Instagram, you can check out my photos under username BAYBAYIN of course!
Here’s an example of a series I’ve ben working on for about a year that incorporates my calligraphy brush style with familiar fonts.
This was posted yesterday by Don Toledano. Looks like it’s Baybayin projected on the side of the building. Anyone know about this?
Coming soon, a fresh longboard from a Filipino American skateboard company Kuya Longboards. The Baybayin reads “Bahala Na” wich is perfect for skateboarders. I grew up skating and had a few injuries with the Bahala Na attitude. While my Bahala Na attitude towards skateboarding has changed with age, I still do some cruising around with longboard. Maybe when I get my Kuya Longboard, I’ll try this….