One of the things I’ll always remember from the recent Tanghalan sa KampoJuan is a friend’s solo exhibit at the newly opened Galleria de Socorro.
Named after Dame Socorro Coring Acosta, former city mayor of Manolo Fortich and First District Representative of Bukidnon, it was billed as a Sustainable Design exhibit of our good friend Chris Gomez, a multidisciplinary creative and advocate showcasing his artworks and artistry through his paintings, and creative designs in furniture, fashion and accessories.
Chris is a multi-awarded artist and designer whose accolades include the 2014 Look of Style Awards by the British Council; Grand Prize (Water based Category) in the 2012 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards and finalist in the 2011 National Philippine Art Awards. He also became a finalist at the China ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest in 2008 at Nanning, China before finally bagging the Award of Excellence in 2016.
The artists explained to us the IN-BETWEEN of this particular exhibit:
“In my travels from one place to another as designer for communities and enterprises, my constant companion has always been my artist self.”
“Yes, the bare essential self, equipped with my childhood medium, the pencil, a quick eye and a bag of memories.”
“Nothing is too small or mundane; I process everything with the combined mind of a man-child to create studies, drawings, and works final or in progress.”
“These works serve as pit stops or in-betweens in a hectic designer life of meetings, client assessments, and deadlines.”
As one of the most sought after designers not only in the region but from all over the country as well, Chris considers his work as the connection between his art and his family.
“My art also serves as fulcrum between a day job and my family. It connects the two in a very organic way, a sort of translation device.”
“For me, design is always answering the question “is this product good for my family?”
“The drawings for In-Between are additions to my childhood-themed series which started with Filipino handmade toys and now continuing with images of children.”
“Having three children today has connected me more to the child I was before, fearlessly and innocently drawing in between studies, chores and games.”
You can still catch Chris Gomez’s IN-BETWEEN Solo Art Show at Galleria de Socorro, Kampo Juan Resort until 25 June 2019. Please contact Laclac Bongcawelat 09551539105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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