Kunst & Folk

06-01-2018

 

Everyday after a long a day at work or in school , we always look forward to coming home and sleep on our own beds, cook on our own kitchen and maybe do some gardening in the weekends, but what if one day, you realized that “home” can also be found elsewhere -- where your passion evolves, are you willing to take that chance?

 

Palle Bo sold everything (his house, car and furniture) and is now travelling the whole world since 2016 and gathering interesting stories to share with us.

 

You may visit his homepage to hear his podcasts. The Radio Vagabond



Great stories are spread all over the world and each of them is unique. Going out of your comfort zone (home) is similar to discovering more of what you can do. 

As somebody who could relate to those who travels or moved abroad, either for a short time or for good, I must say that it was never easy, but sometimes through our journey to the other side of the world, we get to experience the culture, meet different people and acquire values that matches our ideal "us".

I first met Palle in August 2014 during my visit to the Rotary Club of Randers in Randers, Jylland. I was representing the Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown that time as a tourist, made possible by invitation of my friend Evs to visit her new home here in Denmark.

This first quarter of the year, let us get some advice from Palle; his travel, social and work advice. 

For some of us, travelling is also a question of economic status. That is what I thought before. It is actually worth it using a little bit of our time to travel and see beyond what we hear or read. 

I will interview him through e-mail since he is wandering around the world. :D

 

 

 

Sincerely,

Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco

18-09-2017

I have decided to make a follow-up e-mail interview with my first subject under the section Art & People. This is to see the progress of the passionate people who continues to overcome the challenges, repeatedly receive awards and most of all, the accomplishments of their project(s).

 

If paintings could speak,  they could describe the emotions of the painter. The colors used in the painting could probably be the reflection of the artist's emotions at the time it was created. It could possibly make you feel calm, make you wonder, take you back in time or even take you to a place from where it was painted and how an artist got his inspiration.

What is the difference between a picture and a painting?

Even though I am not a painter nor a photographer, I can say that pictures are captured moments that we do not want to miss, while a painting tells you the emotions of a painter. A painter could get his inspiration from a picture and start bringing life to it through his imagination. All of the these things that we could see through our eyes have stories behind it.

This blog is partly a continuation of "Hydrodeepism by Bong Delfin" that I have written on March 2017 in Art & People.

 

What could be the message in every painting of Bong Delfin? It is for you to figure out and learn why his Dream Weaver project is getting some attention and support from his fellow artists including a few universities in the Philippines.

 

First Art Exhibition of Bong Delfin together with the Danish artists.

On the 16th & 17th June 2017, they have exhibited their artworks at Hotel San Marco, General Santos City, Philippines. Together with the KANDAPADA artists (through Mark Ty) and the group of Bong had proudly exhibited their artworks with a purpose of funding / sustaining :

1. the KANDAPADA artists' upcoming projects

2. Promote the Dream Weaver project of Bong Delfin

Bong: "We are still working on the next exhibitions and I am continually receiving  interests from my fellow artists and expecting works from Europe. At the same time we are also working on to bring the Philippine artists to Denmark."
 
According to Bong Delfin, they are in touch with the the Danish embassy and some of the big universities in the Philippines who shows interest to support -- The Dream Weaver Project. To enlighten you more about it, I have inserted a few lines of my first interview with Bong and as we could see, it was a successful one.
 

Bong: "Dream Weaver is an artists collective/artistic platform based in my hometown in Soccsksargen (pronounced [sokˈsardʒɛn]). Along with the artists group - KANDAPADA in General Santos we are organizing art events to help boost the local art scene and help the younger artists. It is a non-profit project run by the solicited efforts of local artists."

 

"Currently, we had the pleasure of inviting a few Danish and European artists, along with the local artists to have a travelling group exhibition all over the region. And in the second half of the year, I am bringing the works of these local artists to Denmark to be exhibited in the art festival, events and galleries. This is one way to help them build up their professional side by showcasing their artworks internationally."

 

For Bong, one of the few challenges is that he is based in Madrid, concerning that his main network is in Denmark. You could read more about his story in my first blog (see the story below).

 

Bong: "Originally, I have been working for my next solo exhibits to the Philippines and Denmark but more opportunities just came up, I was invited to exhibit in Madrid, Colombia and Las Vegas (I gave up London because I was not ready on time).  I am working hard para makaproduce ng maraming artworks."
 
 
"At the moment we are scrutinizing their works that will be sent to Denmark to ensure the quality of each artwork", added Bong.
 
Right now, Bong has managed to establish good contacts / networks on platforms and venues in Denmark, where he could showcase their artworks.
 
These are all in progress and with great determination, it would be in high hopes to be in action within the target timeline. Another challenge for Bong is regarding the shipping of the paintings / artworks from Philippines to Denmark.
 

Bong Delfin's advocacy continues.

Bong: "Gusto ko talagang makatulong at mabigyan din ng chance yung mga kababayan ko. Alam mo na dahil sa geographical location namin we were left out pagdating sa exposure at opportunities." 

It saddens him that the Art scene is focus more in the big cities like Manila and Cebu. In his hometown in Soccsksargen, there are no major universities that offers Fine Arts and galleries / museum to lift up the art scene. He also believes that this is their chance to have a good exposure through a different platfom.

Technically, there are many local artists in the Philippines who can render / introduce new art styles that can best represent his region and its culture. For Bong, their journey might be better than what he did or has accomplished when he started painting in Denmark a few years ago, Bong cited.

To read more about Bong Delfin and the group's first exhibition in the Philippines, click the link. Genory Vanz Alfasain (or popularly known as Yadu Karu) has written a blog about the exhibition in place. 

http://www.yadukaru.com/2017/06/vandreudstilling-traveling-art-exhibit.html

 

 

Thank you for visiting Blooming Etiquette

Sheree Ann K. Indiongco

Founder of Blooming Etiquette

 

 

Here is a link to Bong Delfin's facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/rossbertdelfin/

 

http://bongdelfin.wixsite.com/bong

 

 

Bong Delfin's point of view as an artist is unique as we are all are.

 

This section of the blogsite is about Art and the People associated with it. Their development and exploration.

  

This blogsite is not an advertising firm. I solely own it and it is my pleasure to write, share, learn and help in promoting the care for our environment in my special way. The people, incidents and things that I feature are meant to serve awareness to young people and to everybody around the globe. :)

My willingness to be better at writing and research has pushed me to have my own webpage.  I am making a research about different topics from time to time and hoping to reach those people, organizations and businesses with inspirational thoughts and willing to contribute/share their ideas and knowledge about my topics.

30-03-2017

I had the privilege to interview Bong Delfin via e-mail who is now based in Madrid. A Filipino artist, born in Soccsksargen, south-central Mindanao, Philippines. A man with an advocacy to promote art, his fellow local artists in the Philippines and a strong will to promote prosperity in his hometown in particular.

 

 

"Hydrodeepism"

 

"Hydrodeepism" (hydro-deep-ism) is a personal ideology, artistic method and a term conceived by the artist from the term "hydro dipping", a traditional technique of printmaking which is commonly called "marbling", "swirling", "water transfer", etc.

 

(you can read more below about its definition)

-From an exhibition statement

 

 

Sheree: How did you came up with this concept?

 

Bong: “I came up with this idea when I was very down and depressed (having suicidal thoughts). I sat down on a walking bridge beside the ocean one day contemplating about my life when I saw the water swirling and I totally loose my focus. It brought back flashes of memories.

 

I remember that one of my hobbies / interests when I was in the Philippines is the motor drag racing and customizing. With regards to its connection to Hydrodeepism; One of the techniques used in the customization is called Hydrographics or hydro dipping. Exactly the same process but the designs where manipulated by computer.

 

"I started to realize what if I will use this very common, cheap, almost factory made process and develop it into something high art."

 

Since then I did some researches and experimentations and slowly developed my own style. I made different studies on pigments and paints and how it reacts with water.

 

As an artist, we find artistic ways or practices that is always interesting for us and never boring. This technique/method of art making gave me even more confidence as an artist and the urge to go to my studio more often."

 

Sheree: How do you relate paintings/artworks to your (daily) life?

 

Bong: "Aside from painting I am also experimenting on other art medias. One of those is Conceptual Art and other forms of art where I can portray my political and social views.

 

Since I started painting 5 years ago, I always incorporate my works to my life´s experiences; struggles and accomplishments during my stay in Europe. In my paintings and other artworks you can see half of it were random things and half were elements related to my daily life.

 

I will cite you some work in progress random art/project that I am working on at the moment which are related to my daily life -- “Mein Fuckin Kampf “

(idea is from Hilter´s Mein Kampf)

"A work in progress autobiography and a painting about my struggles of securing a visa to stay in Europe to pursue my artistic dreams under a Philippine passport."

 

 

 exhibit A : “Mein Fuckin Kampf “

 

 exhibit B : In Art We Trash

 

 

Sheree: What advise could you give to your fellow artists?

 

Bong: "The art world is mean and nasty, so just do what you do, live with it. If you have a passion onto something, just work hard for it."

 

"There will always be some people who will tell you that you cannot do it or you are not good enough. When working towards that dream seems disappointing, loose yourself into your art and escape from the real world."

 

Remember, I haven´t realized a new artistic method and style (hydrodeepism) which gave me the urge to work harder on art if I haven´t been depressed and gone to the beach."

 

Sheree: Do you have ideas or projects where you have experimented or have used recyclable materials for painting? If not, what ideas could you think of that will contribute to the Environment?

 

Bong: "Yes, “In Art we Trash” (see exhibit B)

 

- a counterculture propaganda (cliche)

-a commentary on the complicated business of the art world

-ideas and artworks from out of (daily) trash

 

The idea/concept is still under development and had different implications. Whilst, it is mainly a commentary on how trashy the art world business is, partly it is about making art out of trash too.

 

"I love to work on art from found objects; whenever I find interesting pieces of trash, I used to take it with me to the studio."

 

I love collecting and removing old and withered posters when I was in Berlin and now in Madrid. It is for making collages and whatever I can come up in the near future.

 

"Kung nasa Pinas ako I will do the same. Lalo na kung may malaking studio space."

 

 

Sheree: More Ideas to share?

 

I think it would be great if the Philippine government could fund more local artists there to collect trash and make art out of it, do bigger installations/exhibitions and public arts. This project will not need a lot of money and it can be a big help to local artists while developing their craft. It will be a boost to the promotion of culture and arts, learning opportunities to the community.

 

Sheree: Could you tell us more about the Dream Weaver Project.

 

Bong: "Dream Weaver is an artists collective/artistic platform based in my hometown in Soccsksargen (pronounced [sokˈsardʒɛn]). Along with the artists group - KANDAPADA in General Santos we are organizing art events to help boost the local art scene and help the younger artists. It is a non-profit project run by the solicited efforts of local artists.

 

"Currently, we had the pleasure of inviting a few Danish and European artists, along with the local artists to have a travelling group exhibition all over the region. And in the second half of the year, I am bringing the works of these local artists to Denmark to be exhibited in the art festival, events and galleries. This is one way to help them build up their professional side by showcasing their artworks internationally."

 

You can see more of Bong Delfin's paintings in my Photo Collection:

http://www.shereeann.dk/434192727

 

 

 

(more on Hydrodeepism -From an exhibition statement)

This method was used for a thousand of years, it is called "Suminagashi" in Japan and "Ebru" in Turkey. Regardless of the terminology used, the basic idea is by dropping the special paint or pigment on the surface of the water and transferring the aqueous surface design or carefully manipulated patterns to the paper or any material by the process of dipping.

Whilst it is commonly used for its unique monotype print, aesthetic and decorative appeal, the artist's interest is only focused

on the ¨spontaniety and randomness¨ of the output. His main objective is to subvert the old, accessible and almost mass produced practice into something high art and contemporary.

The subversion of the technique gives the artist a unique distinction between a painting and a printing.

The artist´s body of works were done by the contrasting integration of the different techniques like hydro dipping, stenciling, collaging, taping and brush works. It is the artist's idea of portrayal of the daily constraining battles on how a 21st century artists make and develop artistic ways or ideals that can best represent his generation.

 

 

Here is a link to Bong Delfin's facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/rossbertdelfin/

 

http://bongdelfin.wixsite.com/bong

 

 

Bong Delfin's point of view as an artist is unique as we are all are.

 

This section of the blogsite is about Art and the People associated with it. Their development and exploration.

 

 

 

 

This blogsite is not an advertising firm. I solely own it and it is my pleasure to write, share, learn and help in promoting the care for our environment in my special way. The people, incidents and things that I feature are meant to serve awareness to young people and to everybody around the globe. :)

 

My willingness to be better at writing and research has pushed me to have my own webpage.  I am making a research about different topics from time to time and hoping to reach those people with inspirational thoughts, love for music, art, culture and more.

 

 

Re-discover yourself and be surprised how amazing you could be.

-Sheree Ann Kratmann Indiongco