James Jack will create new artworks with local materials while exploring the island of Negros to develop an exhibition about the place and its people as an artist in residence at ABungalow. A solo show of these new works will be held at Kapitana Gallery in Talisay City opening in June 2020.
The Kapitana Gallery, 36, Enrique Lizares Street, Balay Ni Tana Dicang, Talisay City, 6115 Negros Occidental, Philippines, Talisay City, Philippines
Balay ni Tana Dicang: Why a century-old home is able to move with the times
The ABungalow artist’s residency program was birthed after artists exhibiting at Kapitana Gallery experienced working and residing at Lizares’ residence.
“Artists who were my friends stayed at home to fulfill our plans of hosting workshops, opening exhibits with a special way of presenting Balay ni Tana Dicang,” Lizares says.
“Art galleries with some attachment to Negros came back wanting to co-host exhibits. Later, they wanted their artists to come and conduct a residency here in Negros, which we tried on a domestic level at the beginning. The results have been nothing short of astounding… and the residency gained momentum.”
ABungalow derives its name from the 1950s American-style home Lizares rescued from demolition, which he transported from its location to a lot close to his own home, turning it into a single-story bungalow, “employing a simple style that exists in my own residence—a tropical American-style residence built in 1952.”
He further describes it as an area “surrounded by air and light, not to mention an ever-evolving garden in front, and an established mangrove in the rear giving the place a sense of being there… In the rear is another bungalow/work space for artists… a space all to themselves.”
Galleries in Manila have continued to recommend artists for the residency, where they interact with the community, “to provide some inspiration in their works,” even beyond the residency.
Plans include the visit of an American artist to work on a community-based art project, using locally sourced materials, which he has done in other countries.
A century-old home, lovingly maintained by descendants of one larger-than-life and tenacious lady, is partially subsidized by contemporary art. Typically looking into the future, she not only arranged all her children’s marriages, but also adequately provided support for each of them, provided ample land and influenced each with her impeccable lifestyle standards.
Since the matriarch had been fair and generous in the care and upbringing of several from the second and third generations of her clan, her home shall not fade into oblivion, but will instead move on into modern times and remain sustained in future generations, perhaps always by some activity prevalent in its present age.