Loric Numbers

Thanks to some Christmas money, I was able to buy myself a set of Lorien Legacies. Before this, I've only read and watched I am Number Four. I love reading young adult novels to clear up my mind. I'm not sure if the Lorien Legacies is exactly a hit though. Let's start with I am … Continue reading Loric Numbers

Being a wallflower

I've been called a wallflower once, many years ago. Perhaps a decade ago. I took it bad, at the time. But I guess there was point. I don't like talking much with people who I just met. I was just at that dinner because of my dorm mates. It's weird that I remember this anecdote … Continue reading Being a wallflower

Janet Wolff’s Social Production of Art Critique

The Social Production of Art: Neo-Marxism in Aesthetics and Art Criticism by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino   Janet Wolff provides a neo-marxist take on aesthetics and art criticism. Neo-marxism involves the principles of marxism and applying it to various practical forms, in this case, in artistic forms. This differs from orthodox marxism wherein there … Continue reading Janet Wolff’s Social Production of Art Critique

David Davies’ Art as Performance Critique

Art as Performance: Performativity in Aesthetics and Theoretical Practices by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino “Artworks must be conceived not as products (decontextualized or contextualized) of generative performances, but as PERFORMANCE THEMSELVES.” Art as Performance by David Davies is a challenging book that uses philosophical and logical approaches towards aesthetic practices. His main thesis, as … Continue reading David Davies’ Art as Performance Critique

Breaking the Silence

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino “The personal is political.” So it goes for gender studies. As a heterosexual woman, I have to admit that I encountered difficulties in writing this critique since this is not only to write in a personal phenomenological style but also to write in a perspective outside of my personal … Continue reading Breaking the Silence

Post-Colonial Re-Reading and Re-Writing of Philippine Colonial Painting History

by: Maria Portia Olenka C. Placino Estrangulación de los Caudillos Insurgentes, the thirteenth panel of Esteban Villanueva's Basi Revolt Series ushers a post-colonial and materialist reading of Philippine colonial art history, particularly of painting and the visual arts. The amalgamation of the opposing truths of reality and catechism is presented through a representation of the … Continue reading Post-Colonial Re-Reading and Re-Writing of Philippine Colonial Painting History