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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 7:49 am    Post subject: Fred Baldemor's Show... Reply with quote

Fred Baldemor's 'warm' sculptures

First posted 11:22pm (Mla time) April 30, 2006
By Benjamin Afuang

Editor's Note: Published on page C1 of the May 1, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

A CONSISTENT FAVORITE among art collectors, sculptor-painter Fred Baldemor will excite the contemporary art scene once more during the inaugural exhibit of Artasia, a new gallery at SM Megamall, on May 5 at 6 p.m.

Pursuing his themes of nudes, motherhood, and other figures, Baldemor extends his range to the near-classical figurative subjects that may have evolved from his paintings and drawings. (Baldemor forms his ideas on drawing paper or canvas quite independently, not even visualizing how they will look in clay, should he choose to turn them into more solid pieces later. The sketches and paintings keep their own worth, but they probably have a "germinating" effect on Baldemor's future metal and stone pieces.)

His new collection has indefinitely sized but heavy scales. Especially notable for their substance and surface are his "Three Graces"-nudes in bronze-which show the form and mood of life in repose. Another bronze piece depicting a Mother and Child reveals all that can be visually understood of nourishing love. The four bronze figures alone weigh more than 100 kilos.

Baldemor's latest works in bronze and other "hard" materials definitely have "corrected" earlier notions that sculpture was nothing but a dispassionate art form. In his more than 15 pieces, he succeeds at defining warmth in metal, jade, alabaster, and marble in the light of their natural hues, while maintaining the figures' time-challenging strength and solidity. It's this "thought-cum-feeling" process that puts his new works in the stream of the New Figuration style that has excited the sculpture scene in many parts of the world.

Sculpture aficionados will remember Baldemor's wood and stone icons of the Via Crucis exhibited during Lent last year, and some wood and metal pieces in a New York City event a few months ago. They were immediately hailed as representing Baldemor's creativity at its peak. But his new works can easily dispute that, with evidence of the sculptor's new techniques and fresh direction, apart from his being in a more inspired mode now for finding an apt setting for the pieces in a new gallery. To paraphrase a rare quotation from Oliver Wendell Holmes, such a creative mind "stretched to a new idea" hardly returns to its original dimensions.

Like grandfather, like granddaughter

Included in the exhibit are works by Baldemor's granddaughter, Emi Zoerya Baldemor-Abuel, Baldemor said two years ago, Emi Zoerya, then 2 years old, was watching him paint in his workshop in Pasig City. A little bit later the child begged him for some pencils and drawing paper. She said she wanted to draw "things" just like her "dada" (grandpa).
Fred could little understand what was percolating in the child's mind then, but in his presence she began to produce dozens of "abstract" drawings which, Fred thought, could "amount to something" if laid down on canvas.

A few months later, Emi Zoerya began to tell his grandfather what she was drawing and painting on bigger pieces of paper and recycled canvas.She had turned into a real artist, creating from inner vision figurations in charcoal, ink and acrylic, with clarity and form. Fred promptly saw harmony, depth, and "feeling" in the various images she had sketched and painted. After seeing hundreds of her works, Fred was convinced she was creatively mature enough to clarify for herself the visual world she was growing up in.

Emi Zoerya's early works have since been presented abroad-in the 2004 Tianjen International Children's Painting competition; International Village in Tokyo, Japan, in March 2004; and a joint exhibit with Fred Baldemor and her uncle, Walter Baldemor, at the Philippine Center in New York City last October. She had her first solo exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong in December 2004.

All those events have undoubtedly encouraged this young artist to visualize more, paint more, and put on more shows. Her works have been instant hits among collectors, particularly parents, and those who simply adore a prodigy.

On Friday, May 5, Emi Zoerya joins her grandfather in the show "Zoe (Gift of God)," where more than 60 of her new works, along with Fred's 15 major pieces of sculpture, will be on exhibit.
Artasia is on the fourth floor of Megamall.

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 1:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Fred Baldemor's Show... Reply with quote

Hi SayTi...naunahan mo ako dito ah... Wink mabuti nagbasa muna ako, ipo post ko sana Laughing

Anyway, hawak ko ang isang "gift" nina Pareng Fred at Mareng Tala para sa door prize (kung nagpalabunutan???) ang southern California last Sabado De Gloria......I did post it here na meron akong dala pabalik sa Amerika na I solicited here, and these are considered "collectibles" however, kung hindi nakarating sa Southern Calif Officers, Crying or Very sad basta't mapupunta ito sa Paetenians...mga 4 itong "collectibles" from our artists in Paete...palagi raw Paetenians abroad ang nag do donate sa ating bayan, it's about time naman na maka receive ang suswertehin na makakabunot nito... Wink Very Happy Sinong chapter kaya ang makakaswerte nitong mga dala ko? uyyyy mukhang ang northern California chapter ang next in line ah...July 22nd?

I will be one of the attendees dito, click click click uli tayo...see you there...

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