Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Lozano Album

At wonder | wander | world we love pouring through old prints and images of a history long lost to us today. Fine art that reignites our spirit and feeds our soul.

The Lozano Album consists of 60 illustrations depicting daily Filipino life in the 1800s by painter Jose Honorato Lozano.

Lozano (1821-1885) was a Filipino painter born in ManilaLozano was the son of a lighthouse keeper at Manila Bay. He grew up in Sampaloc, Manila outside the walled city of Intramuros

A folio of Lozano's watercolors surfaced in a 1995 episode of Antiques Roadshow (the UK edition) with appraiser Peter Nahum. 

The album had been commissioned by Emile Nyssens, and was sold at Christie's in 1995. In September 2016, an extremely rare set of 12 watercolors by Lozano, originally in the possession of a Spanish marquess, was offered at auction with a starting bid of ₱5 million. 

Saturday, July 6, 2019

trees heal us

Rather than flip out in fear that climate change will cook us all to a crisp, here ar wonder | wander | world we choose to be hope full. 

Yes - we intend to remain filled with hope however dire, nagging, and truthful the doomsayers are. 

Yes - no matter how well-informed we are, we are surely not alarmed enough. 

According to this Intelligencer article by  Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think - is a scary but vital read. 

Chipko tree huggers 

Yes - it is also possible to grow a forest in twenty years. So let us do that instead. 

And while we are at it - here are more sweet encouragements to entice us. 

A relationship with a tree is a mutually beneficial one which needs to be nourished.

Friday, June 28, 2019

conquering corrupt colonized minds

The diaspora of the Filipino started long ago and continues today. The tragic tale of a people's love-hate tug of war for their beloved country. Even through all its violent and constant chaotic upheavals - natural and man made.

In the premiere episode of ATIN: Stories from the Collection, the question raised is who and where is the Filipino? Launched on Philippine Independence Day or Day of Freedom - June 12.

La Liga Pilipina
The Philippines and its Filipinos are a complex, complicated amalgam of too many moving parts in perennial movement and morphing - sleek and slithering, in ebb and flow, evolving and devolving.

Even before Western influence and colonial rule, the archipelago was inhabited by different polities. A melting pot of ancient Asian cultures and trade. Defined by diversity and transit where nothing is black or white - literally and figuratively.

Farcical Philippine Politics &
Senate Shenanigans of corrupt officials
ATIN is an original production that tells the story of the Filipino through images and videos of Ayala Museum's archaeological, ethnographic, fine arts, historical, and numismatic collections and Filipinas Heritage Library's archival and documentary holdings.

Friday, June 21, 2019

WEEK PICK | lost illustrations of Kay Nielsen

Long loved and revered as a pioneer of Art Nouveau and the golden age of illustration, it may be hard to believe that this gifted illustrator was barely recognize in his lifetime and died in penury. 

The cover of Kay Nielsen's A Thousand and One Nights.
Courtesy of TASCHEN

Kay Nielsen (1886 to 1957), long ignored [for 40 years], unappreciated [for 60 more years] was denied the fame and fortune he so richly deserved. 

Kay Nielsen original watercolor from “The Tale of the First Dervish

Nielsen filled his illustrations with expressionist, nearly surrealist characters and whimsical landscapes. Even today, his mysticism-tinted graphic art breaks pushes boundaries of what visual storytelling is supposed to look like. 

Noel DanielCynthia BurlinghamMargaret SironvalColin White

Here at wonder | wander | world we are delighted with the recent release to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Nielsen's work. Taschen published all 21 of his original illustrations, reproduced directly from the never-before-seen original watercolors. 

The collection includes a book of essays
adding context to Nielsen's illustrations.

This extra large extra luxe coffee table tome matches in appearance and feel the wonder filled fantastical worlds Nielsen's art immersed us in. The prints are meticulously curated and presented in a blue velvet box, as if the book itself was a tale to unveil. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Visayan women of myth

Among the Bisayan creation stories recorded from various Spanish accounts, each of the Philippine islands had their own local variants of the same myth. 

The myth it tells the story of the creation of the islands, the first man and woman, the beginning of the social classes, the creator of war, the reason for death, why people steal, why there is concubinage in the world, and the creation of the laws that were passed down through the generations by the demi-goddess, Lupluban

The Pinoy Culture Blog

From a reed pecked open by a hawk Si Kalak (the first male) and Si Kabay (the first female) emerged and they became the original ancestors of the Bisayas. 

Known as the “Eve of the Bisayans”, Si Kabay is the first woman in the Bisayan creation story. This reed was planted by the primordial sky god Kaptan as a sign of peace and of marriage with the primordial sea goddess Magwayen. ⁣

This is the basis of our very own wonder | wander | women tale of Lidagat - the first Bisaya Babaylan

Friday, June 7, 2019

Impressionism: light and water

Seeing paintings in the country where they were painted is pure magic. The French Impressionists especially were obsessed with the exact colours that reflected off their rivers and lakes and shimmered in the sky.

Regatta at Argenteuil, Claude Monet (1872)

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Filipina flourish

Filipino transplant and native Texan, Diane Paragas tells Rose’s multi-pronged story as she chases her dreams of country music stardom, finds her place in Texas, and confronts the reality of immigration in America. 

(Photo by Gigi Stoll)

Written, directed, and produced by Diane Paragas, “Yellow Rose” draws heavily on the her own experiences. 

“After escaping Martial Law in the Philippines, my family moved to Lubbock, Texas when I was four,” she writes in the film’s press kit. “As the only Filipino growing up in Lubbock, I often felt alienated, and I used music and art as a means of escape” — much like Rose in the film. 

She calls “Yellow Rose” “a deeply personal film” that she hopes will “put a human face on the plight of Dreamers, while entertaining the audience with original Americana music.” 

wonder | wander | world crows with another proud shout out for our fearless Filipina artists - Mabuhay! 

(Photo by August Thurmer)

Eva Noblezada   Princess Punzalan  Dale Watson
Lea Salonga  Liam Booth Libby Villari  Gustavo Gomez

Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature,  2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF)
Special Jury Prize, Breakout Performance Eva Noblezada, 2019 LAAPFF
Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature, 2019 Bentonville Film Festival

Grand Jury Prize, Narrative Feature, CAAMFEST37