The steel works of ILOO-BASED contemporary artist Allain Hablo are the focus of “Sacred Journey” – his third exhibition with Salcedo Private View which runs through June 10.

Although he began his career as a figurative painter, Mr. Hablo began incorporating material into his practice over the past decade.

The 16 works in the exhibition are made from large sheets of stainless steel. Mr. Hablo uses everything from simple charcoal to welding techniques with industrial tools to cut and manipulate the material.

Sinusunog ko sauling. ‘Yung pagkasunog depends on his amount ng uling to the amount ng fire (I burn it over charcoal. The finish depends on the amount of charcoal and fire),” Mr. Hablo said. Business world at the opening of the exhibition on May 28.

“The nature of stainless steel is ‘pag nakaramdam ng Heat bumabaluktot siya (The nature of stainless steel is that when exposed to heat it deforms).

Mr. Hablo also heats the leaves with a blowtorch, then strikes the surface with a bolo (a jungle knife) for more texture. Once a sheet is finished, he screws it onto wood.

Comparing it to his previous work which included painting and Japanese kintsugi method of repairing broken objects, he described that this series made him brave while working on it.

“To change… I take care of it n / A Everytime ‘pag may To display ako na ibang style, at ibang medium to keep it interesting (For a change…I make sure that when I have a show, I present a different style and medium to keep it interesting),” Mr. Hablo said.

Mr. Hablo made his debut on the art scene as a finalist in the Shell National Student Arts Competition (NSAC) in 1991. From there he raised his artistic profile by entering and winning several major art competitions such than the Art Association of the Philippines. (AAP) Juror’s Choice Award, the Metrobank Young Painters Annual Art Competition and the Philippine Art Awards (PAA). He also received the prestigious Freeman Fellowship Award for an Asian Artist from the Vermont Studio Center, USA.

Allain Hablo’s “Sacred Journey” can be viewed through June 10 at Salcedo Auctions, NEX Tower, 6786 Ayala Ave., Makati City. Follow @salcedoauctions on Instagram and Facebook for more updates. — Michelle Anne P. Soliman

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