ART ALL AROUND: Making art during quarantine

Published October 19, 2020, 1:16 PM

by John Legaspi

Artists Jaime Gubaton and Anna Bautista channel positivity and consumerism in a pandemic-stricken world in their art.

ONGOING: ‘Chaos and Awe’

VENUE: Altro Mondo Creative Space, 1159, Chino Roces Ave., San Antonio Village, Makati City

“Chaos and Awe” was born from artist Jaime Gubaton’s yearning for a more positive mindset, both from himself and the world around him. What started out as a simple response to the current global situation evolved into a trajectory from anxiety to hope, and a journey to see the good in everything in spite of the precariousness of the world we live in today.

Jaime was already winning art contests as far back as he can remember, beating other kids twice his height and age. He is a Fine Arts graduate with a major in Advertising from the University of the East Caloocan. He would eventually compete and win in bigger and more prestigious national competitions such as the PLDT-DPC National Cover Art Contest, Art Petron National Student Art Competition, Shell National Student Art Competition, Department of Agrarian Reform On-the Spot Painting Competition, and Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Painting Category. His artistic philosophy has inspired him to create works that show a deep respect for Philippine culture and tradition, as well as for his audience, whoever and whatever they are in life.

Troubled waters by Jaime Gubaton

His exhibit, “Chaos and Awe,” is up for viewing until Nov. 8. altromondo.ph

ONGOING: ‘Goods Garden’

VENUE: Modeka Creative Space, 20A La Fuerza Plaza I, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City

Consumerism is a notion found within Anna Bautista’s “Goods Garden.” It serves as a visual reflection of her yearning that money could actually grow on trees.

For the last six months, an emergence of new hobbies has sprouted among individuals in order to idle away the hours of quarantine, gardening being one of the many past times that has become popular among Millennials. Taking inspiration from this, Anna creates a visual representation of her own introspections and coping mechanism through her works.

Through her solo exhibition, she directs attention to how society deals with rising consumerism; where the irresistible impulse to obtain material possessions allows individuals to be defined by what these commodities stand for–especially at a special time like this. Does Society seek a system for what is truly valuable and meaningful?

Hermes Oranges by Anna Bautista

A percentage of the profit of the exhibit would be given to help aid the farmers of the North of Siargao through the LokalLab NGO’s Seed Library and Regenerative Farming program.

“Goods Garden” is on view until Nov. 7. 

Visit www.modeka.space for more details, as well as www.experiences.modeka.space to view the exhibit online.