Sculpture & Installation/Conceptual Art
Nail Art and Hydro-Kinetic Sculpture
"DALOY", 2003, nail art and hydro-kinetic sculpture by Danny Castillones Sillada
Danny 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), he integrated his nail art and hydro-kinetic sculpture titled Daloy (Flow) 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 pullulated with nails in the form of the cross. At the center below the nail-cross is a bamboo tube with ever-flowing water cascading onto the earthen jar. The murmuring sound of flowing water provides a dramatic effect to the iconic element of the cross, one of the recurring themes in his works.
In another show in 2005 titled Everything and Nothingness at the Ricco-Renzo Galleries in Philippines, he integrated an array of nail works with biblical and religious symbols, creating several variations of the cross mixed with other mediums, such as acrylic paint, metamorphic rock, and wooden board.
In 2006, he exhibited another iconic nail art and hydrokinetic sculpture titled Fountain of Life, together with paintings and installation art pieces at Art Center, SM Megamall in the Philippines. Similar to his Daloy in 2003, it was mounted on white-painted framed plywood with well-defined shape of nail-cross. Unlike the previous work though, this time Danny Sillada uses 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."
(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