Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Salit Sining: Wordsmiths Turned Visual Artists III

Opening on 20 January 2011, 7:00 PM, Likha Diwa sa Gulod Café
1 Lt. J. Francisco St., Brgy. Krus na Ligas, UP Diliman, Quezon City
Exhibit lasts until 18 February 2011

Poets paint scenes, capture snapshots, and weave worlds with words—most of the time, that is. When they rest their pens for actual brushes and cameras, some of them can cross over from the art of letters to the visual arts.

In Salit Sining III, several of these poets demonstrate their talent once more—or at least, their passion—for their “other arts.” They are all members of the Linangan sa Imahen, Retorika, at Anyo (LIRA), the premier institute of poets in Filipino which had just celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. These young men and women have proven their mettle in taming the salita in one way or another; in Salit Sining III, they again humbly present their capabilities as painters and photographers.

To adapt what we wrote in a previous exhibit of two poet-painters, the works at Salit Sining III might be art for some and fart for others. Outsider art, untrained craft, mere daubs and splashes and wayward camera clicks, or whatever you call it—drop by anyway. Visual art will be the main course and poetry readings the appetizers.

Salit Sining III follows the first edition held in March 2010 at TAuMBAYAN Restaurant, Quezon City, and the second edition held in September 2010 at Conspiracy Cafe, Quezon City.

Salit Sining: Wordsmiths Turned Visual Artists III

The LIRA poets featured in Salit Sining III are:

Gian Abrahan was born on 25 August 1989 in Sampaloc, Manila. He is currently taking up BA Film at the University of the Philippines Film Institute. He is an alumnus of Dulaang Sibol and is a member of Cinema Arts Society.

Mariane A.R.T. Abuan ("Ynna" to friends and family) is the Public Relations Officer of LIRA. She has been painting since 2003 but kept her works a secret except to those close to her until 2009, when her paintings were included in two exhibits. She currently teaches humanities and literature in St. Paul University in Quezon City.

Rommel Chester "Mel" Boquiren takes pride in his ‘geek’-ness, as he constantly practices his psycho-motor skills be it with the keyboard and mouse or the joystick and buttons. Besides the eventful life as a geek and a literature teacher in PAREF-Northfield, he also finds time to create things his hands could muster, may it be writing, painting, or even crocheting. Currently, he is trying to improve his HoN skills online, where he is known as “mapagkalinga”.

Phillip Kimpo Jr. is the President of LIRA, a Director of the Writers Union of the Philippines (UMPIL), and co-author of the book "The Freedom Fighters of Northern Luzon: An Untold Story" by the Department of National Defense. He bought his second-hand DSLR in late 2008 to document literary events; his laziness prevents him from delving into his Nikon D80's intricacies. Visit him at

Vivian N. Limpin (nicknamed Beng) is an artist that goes by many labels: writer, poet, photographer, painter, filmmaker...and we’re not actually sure that it ends there. Her films, photos, and paintings have been shown locally and internationally, as well as having snagged their share of awards. Currently, she is the Secretary of LIRA and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tudla Productions, a progressive student video documentary organization.

Beverly W. Siy is the Executive Officer of FILCOLS and is the immediate former president of LIRA. She likes to take photos (when there's an available camera) to document her thoughts and observations of a certain place at a certain time. Her son EJ takes better photos than she does.

(ito po ay galing sa note na nasa facebook ng aming artist/curator na si vivian limpin. salamat, beng. sa pagkakataon. sa lahat.)

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