More Art in Public Spaces
By Juaniyo Arcellana, The Philippine Star
Hope Amid the Vanishing Trees, 2007, by Danny Castillones Sillada
“The artist Danny Castillones Sillada rapped one evening in Penguin cafe in Malate, during the opening of the joint exhibition of Cesare Syjuco and Eghai Roxas, shortly before the onset of another long hot summer. Sillada was accompanied by a minus-one tape, the beat ethnic if not downright indigenous, the lyrics hip-hop Cebuano Visayan on the far side of Junior Kilat.
“He handed us a postcard that featured an oil painting of his, titled “Hope Amid the Vanishing Trees,” one of those exhibited at the Ricco-Renzo Galleries. The show itself may have long since packed up to give way to other exhibits, but the postcard has stayed in my drawer for the past couple of months, just waiting to make its presence felt among the various odds and ends of ballpens, old invites, assorted scratch paper, paper clips, tea bags.
“Sillada was a perfect example of art in a public space, part performance and walking innuendo, straight from the wilds of Mindanao.”
~Juaniyo Arcellana, columnist and critic
(Excerpted from “More Art in Public Spaces”)
How to cite this article:
Arcellana, Juaniyo. “More Art in Public Spaces.” The Philippine Star (Manila). 5 May 2008. Print.
Online link to The Philippine Star: http://www.philstar.com/arts-and-culture/60113/more-art-public-spaces