“The last time you saw each other, Yvan said he liked your painting very much and I’d lost my sense of humour” — Marc

Theater Review: “Art” by Yasmina Reza. Watch full play below.

“Art” Book cover

Modern art sets people off — amongst other things. Such was the case in “Art” by Yasmina Reza, a play about three men whose 15-year old friendship is torn apart by a white canvas and resolved by the same. It won 1996 Best Comedy Awards for both Oliver and Evening Standard and was translated into 35 languages.

When Serge bought a painting amounting 200,000 francs (S40,000), an all-white canvas with subtle horizontal lines one can barely see, Marc was upset. What was anyone supposed to be looking at — if…

I am not the prize that you should be valiant for

I am the ogre, the cold-blooded flame thrower

Keeping my soul up in its tower

You laid down your sword

And told me a story

But being the hurricane that I was and still am

You saw that I wouldn’t stop

You cast your shield

I still would not yield

My waters are uncharted

But that’s where I find you

Amidst the whirlwind of emotions

Was our worlds’ collision

“Beauty from Without”, Acrylic on Canvas, 29"x29", 2019

Legacy without context is like a biography that does not fit in to history. One may either reject the past, or think of himself as part of the continuum of the grand story he finds himself in. One may either bring down the giants or stand among their shoulders. Someone once said that art has been “reduced to advertising with no product but the artists themselves”. That is why the first thing one must consider in order to create something of value that would outlast himself is to look outside himself.

When we behold the vastness, beauty, and complexity of…

I do not know how else to say this, but my exit form the Arch of the Centuries felt unceremonious at best. There I was with traces of exactly the same self-doubts I had when I entered the Arch. I waited for it to end and left without a sound thinking it did not help that I won first runner up in the On the Spot Teomasino Essay Contest last 2017 in which I referenced the symbolic initiation/culminating ceremony as the introduction to my argument.

I would graduate with no awards. This isn’t the time to contemplate on the countless…

“Do you think God gave you the gift of painting to keep you in misery?”

These were the words of the priest to Vincent at the asylum when they were deciding whether he was ready to leave the asylum to face the world.

Even as a hermit, I did not initially expect to relate to Van Gogh, eccentric as he was. As lovely as his works are, he is often used as the epitome of romanticizing mental illness as a catalyst for creativity. But in the film relayed from Vincent’s perspective himself, there were things he said that I myself had said before. He often described why he painted: “The faster I paint, the better…

For this artwork, we were asked to take portions of the artworks of five of our favorite artists and create an adaptation in one painting. The artists I chose were Regina Jacobson, Briana Angelakis, Dan Quintana, Anna Tsvell, and Ali Cavanaugh.

I chose the golden cage as the central element in this picture because it’s decorative — meant for display. But it’s still a cage. Nothing changes that. The painting symbolizes wanting to break free from the opinions of others as well as one’s own mental barriers.

At first glance, it looks like there are only two people trapped inside…

“Fool’s paradise is you standing stiller, while the river rushing ‘round you is the thing you miss”.

- “Advice from a Caterpillar”, Wonderland the Musical

On the lid of the box is a portrait of a girl on a shattered magic mirror. Inscribed around it is the question, “Who are you?” followed by the command, “Deposit memories here”. It is an invitation to see beyond the lens and unlearn the identity she associated herself with.

The reference is Snowhite, particularly the Magic Mirror. I think we can start to agree that the real bad guy in Snowhite is the Magic Mirror. We all know the line, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” The Magic Mirror was the one…

2019 Reading Challenge and Word of the Year

The title is a quote from “Teach Us to Want” by Jen Pollock Michel, and it sums up the theme for my 2019. That may confuse people who have been with me in the past year. It’s true, I’ve had a lot of expectations that were never realized last year, and I have let the unprecedented set backs get to me to such a point that I acted ambivalent and apathetic though I was far from indifferent. How can I say that desire is my defining word for the year?

It’s quite ironic that in January this year, I read…

This article was originally written for ArtPlus Magazine.

“Red” by John Logan, a biodrama of Rothko through the eyes of an apprentice. Source: Accesslocal.tv

Winner of the Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Play, John Logan’s play “Red”, which debuted in London and featured in Broadway, depicts the inner workings of the mind of Mark Rothko (played by Alfred Molina) through his dialogue with his apprentice, Ken (played by Eddie Redmayne). It was later remade in the Philippines in 2013 by director Bart Guingona who also played Rothko, and Joaquin Valdes as Ken.

Though there are only two characters and the whole play only takes place in the art studio, the conversation between contrasting…

This article was originally published on The Aswang Project.

One may recall reading or having to perform a skit of the Panay-Visayan creation myth “Tungkung Langit and Alunsina” also known as “Alamat ng Ulan” as part of one’s required reading in high school or college. According to this myth, whenever it thunders or rains, it is Tungkung Langit, Pillar of the Sky, calling his beloved Alunsina back home after she ran away because of his wrath at her disobedience. Alunsina however is still yet to be found to this day. …

Nicole Lasquety

A visual artist and writer with a passion for media exploration, where big ideas are commonplace. Art, theater, opinion. nicolelasquety@gmail.com

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