Michelle Hollanes Lua: Scavenger Artist & Sculptor

Michelle Hollanes Lua is a sculptor, musician, a multimedia and a scavenger artist. Her work focuses on social issues, realms and women empowerment. As a salvage artist, Ms. Lua’s takes the discarded remains of the past and transforms them into art that tells a story of the past, present and future. The purpose of Ms. Lua’s work is to show that objects considered garbage by most re-envisioned into objects of interest, desire and beauty. 

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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012

“If there is not enough for what we want or have, there must be a million of unwanted graces somewhere.  My artworks are off the throw away-culture that the world ship to the periphery, my country. We are all living human beings consuming that could result destruction. Somehow, intend to reciprocate the action, give back to life, and recycle.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 
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Title: Sintipid (Centipede) – Medium: Fiber Glass Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2012 (Back View)

The knowledge that the items used in Ms. Lua’s art, if they were not saved by her would be sitting in a trash bin is what drives her to create unique pieces. It can be broken shoes, belts and bags. Fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbage’s from throw away culture. As you see in her sculpture titled “Broke Bag Mountain.”

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Title: “BROKE BAG MOUNTED” – Made of broken shoes, belts and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy, metal beads, garbages from throw away culture.

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Title: Silver – Medium: metal beads/aluminum/fancy diamonds from broken belts shoes and bags, fiber glass cast, epoxy Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 2014

There is one common link in all works of salvage art – each one is a type of visual remix so that everyone would think out of the box about the context of materials. 

Contemporary artists like Ms. Lua salvage materials for many reasons to make statements about consumer societies. To create works that speaks to their resourcefulness as an artist. Embracing sustainability or, to inspire others to practice creative re-use. And to add interest to their creations by incorporating materials that have a back story. Lua’s salvage materials in her art because they all have a story behind them. 

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Title: The Last Suffer – Medium: Fiber Glass Cast Size: 109cm x 25cm x 14cm Year: 2013

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Title: Maria Santisima – Medium: fiber glass, rice husk, light fixture Size: 41cm x 41cm x 47cm Year: 2011

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Title: Reminyo (Remarried) – Medium: fiber glass cast of a native Manobo woman Size: 27″ x 15″x 5″ Year: 2013

Ms. Lua’s sculpture depicts women in a variety of roles and situations.  Her sculptures are representations of women as objects of subjugation. Works magnifies the psychological and emotional aspects of an urban women’s life as nurturers, caregivers, and providers of hope. In a world teeming with discord, violence and unjustified welfare, her mixed media world, thoughts become as visible as reality and the evolutionary metamorphosis is both comical and brutal. 

“I am after stories inside those bags. If you have a shoe, you have a story. From squeaky-clean and shiny to scuffed and soiled, I want them all.  These branded things are my representation against women trafficking and a statement of women empowerment.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua 

Ms. Lua’s “Retokada” deals with the loss of physical beauty as aging sets in.  It shows a woman clothed in intricate metal pulling up her breasts. To signify an attempt to recapture lost youth.

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‘Contours of Loss’ Group Exhibit – Title: “RETOKADA”

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Title: Segunda Mano – Medium: concrete, steel life cast 2011

Ms. Lua holds a Bachelor of Arts in English majoring in Philippine folklore at Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology. Another one of her passion is filming. She loves to explore not only what is in the cities but submerging herself with the locals on the streets. Recently, she had been up in the mountains of Bukidnon, Mindanao to document folkloric materials and seek to understand a large number of material traditions. 

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Title: Kaban – Medium: copper, Plaster of Paris Size: Dimensions Variable Year: 20

Last January 2015, Ms. Lua participated in Storm’s Wakeartists speak and film showing – a film collaboration between Ms. Lua, Jericho Vamenta and Boyet De Mesa held at UP Vargas Museum. Who spoke about their experience in creating art related to disaster and disaster response. The film Remembering Sendongaims to be a catalyst for action.  

Michelle was part of Siete Pesos. A group featured in the Singapore Biennale 2013 for their work involving the motorela.  A vehicle used in Cagayan de Oro that features in their group’s efforts after Typhoon Sendong. 

Recently, Ms. Lua par take in “Garden of Fernal Delights:  The book. A Dreams and Divinities Project for 2015-2016.” Were 110 artists around the world, from all the rebel contemporary styles: outsider, visionary, low brow, pop surrealism, magic realism, and fantastic art participated in. Was part of the “Imago Mundi: Philippine Collection Map of The New Art in Venice Biennale. ArtistTtalk “Forces at work” at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum. To name a few selected exhibits and engagements.

As a self-taught artist, her works are trials and errors and experiments and more on art processes. She has participated in group exhibitions overseas and in many parts of the Philippines. She is also one of the women in Mindanao who exhibited in Rome and Brussels. 

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The sculpture at the back she made in memory of her loss cat “Thumper.”

“Art for me is not only for the elite. It must be for all. It is quest for the artistic revolution.  I want a balance of the purest and simplest and the higher notion of art.  Not to lose this aesthetics with its concept. Though art does not need to be beautiful all the time; yet, I enslave my works into decoration in my own likeness. That I can connect immediately to people in all walks of life. And still hold on to my issues.” ~said Michelle Hollanes Lua

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Lorenzo E. Gabutina: The Late Blooming Filipino Visual Artist

I recently made contact with Lorenzo E. Gabutina (pseudonym: Legabutina), a digital artist, based in Caloocan, Philippines for a feature article in my blog.   His out-of-the-box artistic style of abstract images that is beautifully surreal and magically pleasing to the eyes.  I was immediately drawn to his work.

Lorenzo E. Gabutina has more than 30 years of professional experience in advertising and marketing management. He learned and sharpened his marketing skills in a multinational company environment with a 15-year stint in Kodak Philippines, as the company’s marketing communications manager. Lorenz’s first and most passionate love is advertising where he had been a copywriter and account executive for many years before assuming senior management positions. He has been involved in all key aspects of the advertising business, from creative to media, production, research and marketing planning.

According to Legabutina, he sees teaching as the culmination of his advertising career where he could share with advertising students the many insights and learning’s he had gained from his long years of working in the ad industry. He is currently, an advertising lecturer at St. Scholastica’s College. 

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Photos by http://supermantastic.tumblr.com/ (Via Katipunan Weekend Market FB Page)

Legabutina is a regular artist-seller of the monthly Future Market @ Escolta an event organized by 98b in its effort to help revitalized old Manila. He was also invited at the Katipunan Weekend Market last weekend of October. They feature a tightly curated selection of jewelry, handmade items, clothes, arts & crafts, vintage finds, delicious food & live music. If you are in the Escolta area on November 14, go checkout the Future Market. There are no specific dates scheduled for the November and December Katipunan Weekend Market but from time to time, please do check their Facebook page for exact dates.

His first artist solo art show, “The Accidental Artist” was held earlier this year at the Sigwada Art Gallery in San Andres Bukid.

Take a moment to read his artist insight, and take a peek into the mind of this late bloomer.

On his art journey:

My art journey began 5 years ago when I retired from advertising work at age of 60. I didn’t know then that I could make a good art. With so much time on my hands, I started doodling on the computer and posted my works on Facebook. My friends liked it! And that is what started this art journey…..I’m a late bloomer.

Early this year my eyes got so bad that I had an operation. “Wala akong makita sa computer,” I could not see the computer screen. So I started making hand drawn sketches. “Aba, pwede pala akong mag drawing with my hands!” (He said: Wow,  I could draw with my hands). When I started posting them on Facebook, my friends liked it. It was a big revelation for me, to learn that I could really draw with my hands. I have always been used to doing things through the computer. I had my eye operation last April this year and my eyes now are as good as brand new. But I continue to sketch with my hands till today, aside from my digital work.

On his art:

There is nothing profound or philosophical about my art. At least, that’s what I think so. Others will disagree, of course. The thing is, the narrative in my art comes after the work is finished, not before – which art critics will scoff at. There has to be a clear intent or purpose behind what you do, they will say.

My focus is on design, not the story. I want my art to be visually provocative, nothing more. If it touches your five senses and if it resonates with you; then, I am happy. I don’t want my art to be ‘understood’ nor ‘rationalized.’ It’s the least of my intentions. The purpose of my art is to entertain. “Mababaw ba?” (Am I shallow?)

On his art style and influences:

Artists that have had the most impact in me are Dali, Picasso, Boticelli, Miro, Klee, O-keefe, and may others whose names I can’t remember now. I don’t know if their style has influenced my art, maybe subconsciously, yes. I am drawn towards art that have geometric, pop, grotesque, surreal elements.

My art is a mélange of styles. I sometimes wonder if I have a unique style but it’s not a big thing for me. I don’t want to be boxed into a certain style anyway. I want it spontaneous, impromptu and sincere which reflects who I am as a person. What you see is what you get, “kun baga.” (rather)

On being a self-taught artist:

Being a self-taught artist, I pretty much do what I want to do. Not bound by any norm or convention other than good basic aesthetic sense. I don’t put on my thinking that when I work. It’s purely instinctive. I just let things flow. I trust my creative instincts.

On validation:

Every artist needs validation. The feeling that he is doing something right; I get a high when I fellow artist like my work. “Gawa na araw ko pag may isang mabigat na artist na nag like sa work ko,” my day is fulfilled when a big time artist admires his artworks.

The future of his art:

Where do I go from here? I will keep on marking art as long as my five senses are intact. I am happy that art came last in my checkered life. To me, it’s a gift, a blessing from God. I am not a super religious person but much of who I am today and the kind of art I make, I attribute to God. “Nag- iba ang pananaw ko sa buhay,” my life’s vision changed when I rediscovered God.

***A Selection of Legabutina’s Art Masterpieces***

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Illustrations

Digital Collage Abstract Art

Images used with permission.

Jun Cambel Hong Kong Based Filipino Contemporary Artist

Mixed media art is frequently used to express political views or social statements but for contemporary artist Jun Cambel, he views art as a tool to raise people’s environmental awareness—as global climate change becomes more serious, Jun thinks that he has an obligation to express his views on the issue of environmental protection.

He prefers to use different media in the creation of his work which often allows for great versatility and a richer viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art. Through his art, he lifts the veil of familiarity from conventional objects and scenes – a leaf, a crumpled newspaper, an overflowing ashtray – and transmutes them into intoxicating symbols of our age. Far from harboring edifying intentions; however, Jun says he paints because he simply enjoys the art of creation. His works tend to make us ponder about yesterday’s memory, while he also likes to show current events that portray possible future scenarios.

He is currently working as the Production and Design Editor at SCMP Classified Post and the same time, is the Creative Director of his own design studio, ArTELIER Design Studio. He worked in CM Ltd and Edipresse Media for fashion and other lifestyle magazines such as Couture, MenMode and Hong Kong Tatler as Art Director from 1993 to 2007. He also taught Graphic Design and Visual Arts Communication at the Caritas College of Careers HK in 2010-11.

Jun is a product of Fine Arts at Manila’s FEATI University major in Advertising. His professional career is mainly focused on graphic design and advertising; while in May 2005, he decided to participate in the “Contemporary Filipino Artist Exhibition” – a group show at Hong Kong’s City Hall in Central. Inspired by the positive feedback he received about his works, he embarked on his first solo exhibition, “1st Expression,” at Asia Fineart Gallery in November 2005. His most recent group exhibit “Metaphor & Parody” was held at the Baguio Museum.

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Title: Eenie Meenie Miny Mo–Medium: Acrylic on Canvas Size: 48″ X 48″ Inches–Year: 2009 Exhibited in HK Cultural Centre

Artist Statement:
“Time to change our ways for the betterment of the environment—this is an important decision to make to for future generations. Please note that there are two facial expressions. Left side with blue earth comparing to grey earth with teardrop representing we’re in the eleventh hour, rushing to correct our negligence towards environment.”

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AFTER THE RAIN Mixed Media on Canvas/Galvanise Iron Roof (Composite) 19″ X 123″ Inches 2014

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ALL IN ONE Mixed Media on Wood Block 30″ x 30″ Inches 2009

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IS IT ONDOY? (What goes around comes around) Mixed Media on Canvas (Collage) 48″ X 48″ Inches 2009

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HOW DARE YOU! #2 Mixed Media on Canvas (Collage) 24″ X 24″ Inches 2010

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DAY OFF Mixed Media on Wood (Assemblage) 40″ X 54″ Inches 2014

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LICENSED TO KILL Mixed Media on Canvas 50″ x 16″ Inches 2005

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WASTED Acrylic on Canvas 48″ x 48″ Inches 2009

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THE ELEVENTH HOUR Mixed Media on Canvas (Collage) 24″ x 24″ Inches 2010

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GREED Mixed Media on Canvas 60″ X 24″ Inches 2011

Contact: Tel: (852) 9354 0458 Email: jscambel@artelier.com.hk Website: www.artelier.com.hk Facebook: Jun Cambel.

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