You will fall in love with artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio when you speak with her. Petite and pixie-haired, she has a way with words that is bigger than her. You will get flashes of brilliance that reveals where her art comes from. Titled The Future That Was is Patricia’s first solo exhibition in New York. She is the third Filipino after Ronald Ventura and Manuel Ocampo and therefore she is the first Filipina to show at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, a gallery specializing in Southeast Asian contemporary art. The works in this exhibit promote both past and future in craft and design.
Location: Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 West 20th St., 10W, NYC
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
One sculpture features the iconic Filipino dress dating back from the Spanish times called the terno, but fabricated with metal.
A few pieces in the collection are crystals from thousands of years ago constructed to look like modern shapes.
Another material used, solihiya, which is distinctively Filipino, is a rattan weaving commonly used for seat backs and cushions, but reworked as busts of women wearing the terno.
There are black and white abstract paintings that are both timeless and timely. Two are made to look like a cross section of a tree trunk and a couple can be reconfigured in many different ways to make it your own.
Patricia works in various media in both painting and sculpture, and has undertaken production and costume design in film and theater. She also dabbled in fashion and even designed her own wedding gown. She describes her work as something that one would identify in a fashion magazine.
Written by Faith Azul-Evia. Faith is an avid flashpacker (a slightly older version of a backpacker with a bigger budget but still wants to avoid a packaged version of a destination) and believes that her travels start as soon as she leaves her NY apartment building. She is in constant search of new places to explore, eat, drink, sleep, spa, run, hike and yoga. She has been to 38 countries in 6 continents and dreams of going to Antarctica someday. Follow her @faithflashpacks on Instagram.