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Monday, November 22, 2010

Art in House

As art perennially deals with challenging old ideas, it should not come as a surprise for the concept of art being in conventional exhibition spaces to undergo interesting changes. Amidst the numerous galleries in the country stands an innovative way of experiencing artwork…

Art-In-House is a project of The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences and Art Cabinet Philippines. The program aims to exhibit broad strokes in Philippine contemporary art in the public spaces and fourth floor gallery of this repurposed residential landmark. The unexpected blend of art with lodging is integral to the concept of The Picasso as it aims to be both an engine for art and a provider of unique lodging experiences. By immersing its guests in the artwork, business travelers and tourists alike are engaged in the dichotomy of art mirroring life and vice-versa.

Taking the idea further by intentionally blurring the lines of the said dichotomy, the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences challenges the traditional concept of accommodations as well. It is not simply a place to stay and do business in as much as it is a medium for artistic communication between the artists and any observer, walking in and out of the property, whether informed or uninformed. This is unlike the usual concept of hotel art as being unobtrusive or bland like muzak or art strictly for decorative purposes. After all, at The Picasso, every element such as the architecture, furniture, design, music, artwork, and people are all part of the unceasing creative process. Staying true to their brand promise, indeed, The Picasso is "Where art and passion live."

On exhibit from November to December is Marc Gaba’s “Surface”. The poet’s continuing series is based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which was legendarily composed for an insomniac count. His light boxes are collages drawn from the Internet, of which elements are set against the horizon that water and night sky make, hybridizing maps of the astronomical and mythological constellations.

Also featured is “The Within”, a new series of work by visual artist Goldie Poblador as she continues to experiment in the field of glass, light, and sculptural representation. This work is about how a man’s physicality and inner structure is dedicated to the evolution of the mind and the universal life force.

Lastly, The Mighty Bhutens, a group that plays around with tile mosaic, joins in showing the people what local artistry is all about. Since 2002, they have been coloring and playing with different projects all over the Philippines. The mosaic of the Mighty Bhutens comes to life as each curve in their basic design is dictated by the very shape of the broken tiles, resulting to an interesting design that cannot be replicated. Their recent works are what they call “portable mosaics” – smaller mixed media pieces.

The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences is located at 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Telephone Nos., +632 828.4774. Visit and

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