Sculpture & Installation/Conceptual Art
Nail Art and Hydro-Kinetic Sculpture
"DALOY", 2003, nail art and hydro-kinetic sculpture by Danny Castillones Sillada
In 2003, Danny Castillones Sillada pioneered in what he called “Nail Art” and “Hydro-Kinetic Sculpture” in the Philippines. During his 2003 one-man show titled “Surreality” in one of the oldest galleries in the Philippines known as PAG (Philippines Art Gallery), Quezon City, he integrated his nail art and hydro-kinetic sculpture titled “Daloy“ in a suite of surreal painting, drawings and installation art.
“Daloy” was mounted on 96 X 46 inches plywood, accentuated with splattered red paint on the surface and pullulated with nails in the form of the cross. At the center of the plywood is a bamboo tube with ever-flowing water cascading on an earthen jar. The murmuring sound of flowing water provides a dramatic effect to the iconic elements of the “cross,” one of the recurring themes in his works.
In another show “Everything and Nothingness” in 2005 at Ricco-Renzo Galleries in Makati City, he integrated an array of nail artworks with biblical and religious symbols. He created a several variations of the cross with nails and acrylic paint.
In 2006, he exhibited another iconic nail art and hydro-kinetic sculpture titled “Fountain of Life” together paintings and installation art pieces at Art Center, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Similar to his “Daloy” in 2003, it was mounted on white-painted framed plywood with well-defined shape of the nail cross. Unlike the previous work though, this time Sillada used a faucet that continuously flows with red liquid on a transparent plastic container.
The Royal Mana’og Sculpture (2012)
The Royal Mandaya Mana’og, 2012, by Danny Castillones Sillada
"As a young lad, I would often go to the pristine mountains of my province with friends and relatives to commune and interact with the Mandaya villagers, aside from the NPA rebels. Their colorful rituals and practices fascinated me as though I had always been part of the Mandaya culture and tradition. And it was here where my art was born out of “fear” and reverence of my ancestral beliefs and cultural roots, totally abandoning my teenage dream to become an assassin."
(Excerpted from Danny Castillones Sillada Inusra Journal "Revisiting and Recreating My Fear: The Mana’og Sculpture"
Detail of Sculpture:
Title: Royal Mandaya Mana’og
Dimension: 7ft. x 7ft. x 1ft.
Medium: Wood, Metal, Acrylic Glass, Wires, Beads, Fabric, Fluorescent Light and Synthetic Hair
Collection: Davao Oriental Museum
Artist; Danny Castillones Sillada