Outdoor and Nature Photography Workshop with Rey Sta. Ana


With Rey Sta. Ana
President, Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines

May 11, 2013 : Sat : 1-7 PM
The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences
119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati

Workshop Fee: PHP 5,000-

Designed for intermediate and advance photographers looking to discover the world of Outdoor and Nature Photography, this summer workshop will cover concepts aimed at developing the techniques needed to get technically and aesthetically strong digital outdoor and nature images.

The workshop will be handled by Mr. Rey Sta. Ana, seasoned Nature and Wildlife Photographer and a pioneer of Wild Bird and Nature Photography in the country. He is also the current and the founding President of the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines.

Among the topics to be covered are:
Depth-of-field and how to use it
Exposure control (creating accurate exposures)
Understanding histograms
Nature photography fieldcraft and ethics
and many more.

This workshop is presented by the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines, Altro Mondo gallery, and The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences.

Part of the proceeds from this workshop will benefit the Capayas Creek Bird Preserve in Palawan and the BK Valley Bird Sanctuary in Quezon.

To register, or for more information, please contact:
Rey Sta. Ana, 0923.1531.230,
Dee Dollosa, 828.4774 loc 130,

Terms and conditions of the Workshop may be viewed here.

Rizoma by Jorge Canale, covered by Inquirer’s Lito Zulueta

Argentine Architect-artist Jorge Canale has attempted to put on canvas the “rhizomatic” philosophy of French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, unwittingly pitting the free-flowing ambience of the visual arts with the rigid, highly hierarchic and controlled discipline of architecture.

The result is “Rizoma,” collage-in-mixed-technique works, which will be exhibited starting Aug. 31, as part of the Director’s Choice series of the Ayala Museum,

Canale, who is also a writer, started his “Rizoma” series in 2009. He drew the inspiration from the Rhizome concept developed by Deleuze and Guattari in their book “A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia” (1980), a key reading in university courses on Poststructuralism and Postmodernism.

“Plateau” and “Rhizome” are neologisms, or new philosophical concepts, that the philosopher Deleuze (1925-1995) and psychoanalyst Guattari (1930-1992) developed together to combat what they perceived to be the closed and authoritarian bent of Modernism.

“We call a ‘plateau’ any multiplicity connected to other multiplicities by superficial underground systems in such a way as to extend the rhizome,” they write in “A Thousand Plateaus.” “We are writing this book as a rhizome, it is composed of plateaus.”

Rhizome is drawn from botany; it refers to a horizontal stem, a root or tuber such as ginger and potato, usually underground, whose source cannot be located.

Deleuze and Guattari contrast the rhizome with “arborescence,” another botanical term that denotes hierarchic growth, from root to trunk, branch and leaf.

According to Deleuze and Guattari, arborescent modes of thought characterize the grand narratives or hierarchic and closed systems of capitalist, modernist thought.

Resisting such grand narratives and arborescent thinking are rhizomatic ways of thinking, which are exploratory, tentative perhaps, and not fascistic or totalitarian.

‘Tired of trees’

“We’re tired of trees,” write Deleuze and Guattari. “We should stop believing in trees, roots and radicals. They’ve made us suffer too much. All of arborescent culture is founded on them, from biology to linguistics. Nothing is beautiful or loving or political aside from underground stems and aerial roots, adventitious growths and rhizomes.”

Deleuze and Guattari warns that arborescence has dominated Western thinking: It is hegemonic and naturalizes hierarchies and “grand narratives.”

Canale visually employs the rhizomatic approach through collages and mixed media. According to the “Rizoma” notes, the series is “an anthology of nonhierarchical and highly democratic structures. The works attempt to reflect this prerational thought in the chosen technique and making of the collage method.”

The abstract works, at first blush, seem to employ the acrylic drip technique, recalling Jackson Pollock. They seem to make scant use of the brush.

Paradoxically, however, the dripping appears to have resulted in a very controlled flow of paint on the canvases.

In the face of the rather scant brushwork, the works also seem to have employed splashing and “windowing,” that is, masking with tape so as to plot the typography of the colors and lines.

We surmise that the “Rizoma” series both evokes and embodies an ecological spirit. In exploring nonfiguration, Canale appears to have drawn the rhizomes and tubers themselvers, starting and ending everywhere and nowhere. He seems to be making a humanistic statement warning against the destruction of the environment.

Of course, this is a conjecture since “humanism” is derided in postmodern philosophy as essentialism and also a grand narrative.


Two paradoxes may be drawn from the exhibit.

First, in exploring the artistic dimensions of rhizomatic thinking, Canale seems to be challenging the highly controlled, “arborescent” ways of architecture, in which designing must recognize formal rules and hierarchies.

Second, in mounting his show in the Philippines, Canale accidentally—or is it adventiously?—may be making allusions (the postmodernists would say “referencing”) to the shared authoritarian history of Argentina and the Philippines, which was characterized by the building of grand edifices, grand myths, and “grand narratives,”

It is no accident that, for the Western media, the most famous Argentine is Evita Peron and the most famous Filipino is Imelda Marcos.

Canale was born in 1948. His works have been exhibited at Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum; Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro; the VIII and X Brno (ex Czechoslovakia) Biennials of Graphic Arts; American Graphic Arts Biennial of Colombia; Diseño 81 International Exhibition of Helsinki (Finland); Latin American Industrial Design Exhibition; and ’84 Critics Seminar of the International Association of Art Critics, among others.

Before his Philippine exhibit, Canale has been exhibited at Shakir Ali Museum in Pakistan; National Gallery of Indonesia; and La Lanta Fine Art Gallery in Thailand.


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Ayala Land Premier hosts “A Taste of Art” at Altro Mondo

Join us tomorrow to close The Vismin Art Collective’s debut exhibition, “Habagatan,” with two talks and an all-day reception hosted by Ayala Land Premier.

Ricky Francisco will discuss art as an investment at 2:30 PM; Jericho Vamenta will hold the floor at 5:00 PM to talk about regional art.

Food and drinks will be served from 11 AM – 7 PM.

Altro Mondo in Town & Country June 2012

Artwork pictured: Gerecho Iniel Cruz’s My Scattered Brain (The Love Machine). From Altro Mondo’s stockroom hang “In the Landscape of Having to Repeat” at The Picasso (April 23 – June 16, 2012).

Saturday Summer Movies @ The Picasso

THE PICASSO in cooperation with Altro Mondo – Arte Contemporanea present SATURDAY SUMMER MOVIES, a series of afternoon film viewings at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Open to all in-house guests and visitors. Movies start at 3:00 PM at the 3rd floor function room. Popcorn and sodas on the house!


MAY 12
Clean (2004)

Starring: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte
Directed by: Olivier Assayas

Maggie Cheung stars in her Cannes-awarded performance as a woman who wrestles with her dream of becoming a singer, her fitness as a mother, and daily life without her partner, Lee, a rockstar fallen from glory.

(watch the trailer)


MAY 19
Paris Je T’aime (2006)

Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened in 18 shorts by 22 directors, and featuring an ensemble cast.

(watch the trailer)

MAY 26
La Collectionneuse (1967)

Starring: Patrick Bauchau, Haydée Politoff, Daniel Pommereulle
Directed by: Éric Rohmer

In Saint-Tropez a young man, Adrien, meets a beautiful girl who spends her time “collecting” boys.

(watch the trailer)

Tony Takitani (2004)

Starring: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi
Directed by: Jun Ichikawa

Up until he married his wife, Eiko, Tony Takitani was a man of solitude. With her, his life changes, he feels vibrantly alive, and for the first time, he understands and fears loneliness. But when Eiko’s obsession for designer clothes ends in tragedy, Tony finds himself alone again, sitting in his wife’s closet, gazing at her treasured couture pieces, the whispering ghosts of her soul. Finally, Tony places an ad in the paper searching for a woman who fits Eikos measurements perfectly.

(watch the trailer)

Altro Mondo begins partnership with The Picasso


Altro Mondo debuts at The Picasso this April with an array of contemporary art pieces from the gallery’s backroom. Dubbed“In the landscape of having to repeat”after Martha Ronk’s collection of poetry, the stockroom hang will run from April 23 to June 16, 2012 at The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, located at 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati.

“In the landscape” marks the gallery’s tie-in with The Picasso’s Art-in-House Program. New exhibitions and art-related events will be held by Altro Mondo at The Picasso throughout the year, side-by-side with the gallery’s existing roster of shows.


Featured Artists:

  • Adeodatus Sta. Juana
  • Anton del Castillo
  • Antonio Segui
  • Choei
  • Christina Quisumbing Ramilo
  • Delphine Delorme
  • Dennis Gonzales
  • Francisco Sepulveda
  • Gerecho Iniel Cruz
  • Guy Oberson
  • Imelda Cajipe-Endaya
  • Irma Lacorte
  • Jay Ticar
  • Jenny Cortes
  • Joey Ibay & Justin Nuyda
  • Jucar Raquiepo
  • Julio Austria
  • Malyn Bonayog
  • Marc Gaba
  • Marika Constantino
  • Marina Cruz
  • Max Balatbat
  • Mervy Pueblo
  • Mideo Cruz
  • Niccolo Jose
  • Noel El Faroll
  • Ryan Villamel
  • Toti Cerda


Contact us if you’re looking to exhibit, curate, or organize and host art-related events at The Picasso. Add us on Facebook or sign up to our newsletter for updates. Visit our official page for the Art-in-House Program at

“Ripple-maker and son”: Igan D’Bayan on “Pamana”

On view at the gallery until April 29 is “Pamana,” featuring the artworks of the late artist Salvador Cabrera and his son Jojo Ayllon Cabrera. Salvador, you see, is deemed as the artistic “ripple-maker” in the family.

He was certainly a huge influence on his brother, Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, National Artist for Visual Arts. Waves were set in motion in the Cabrera household of yore.

“He really introduced me to the arts. I used to watch him draw, and it was like magic — from a blank piece of paper came out something,” BenCab shares. Both artists were, pun intended, drawn to figurative drawing. Salvador, who died 28 years ago, was 13 years older than the younger Cabrera. He was BenCab’s kuya.


Read Igan D’Bayan’s feature on “Pamana.”

WOMEN ON WOMEN: Ekphrastic poetry reading


ekphrasis, n.: A clear, intense, self-contained argument or pictorial description of an object, especially of an artwork.

Celebrate International Women’s Month at our opening reception for “WOMEN ON WOMEN,” to be held this Thursday, March 8, from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. The program comes with a poetry reading by award-winning and oft-published writers, Faye Cura, Mabi David, Daryll Delgado, Nikka Osorio, and Petra Magno, who will read poems or short prose inspired by the works in the show.