The latest edition of ‘Art In The Park’ featured a new, creative installation – a welcome change from the usual paintings and sculptures. Artist Derek Tumala created a ‘light installation’ that made use of projection mapping technology.
‘Polyflora’ -- a mural that plays on the synchronisation of geometry & light derived from the shapes of the plants – made viewers appreciate the distinctive appeal of using projection mapping to create art.
“I was thinking of how I can make an art installation that can be organically weaved into the park's aesthetics. Plants are the main component of the park where Art in the Park is initiated. The idea of creating Polyflora, a sculptural & mural piece, got me inspired on how plants organically form geometric patterns - often in repetition - and how it can form an abstract formation. By applying light through video mapping, it creates a mesmerizing presentation,” said ‘Polyflora’ creator Derek Tumala.
For his inspired installation, Tumala gives credit to the Epson projectors. “What's most important for my video mapping project is the quality of light that the projector provides. The Epson projector has excellent brightness that is great for video mapping projection. Details, contrast ratio, and colors are accurate and it transformed the illuminated surface into a mesmerizing piece. The transformative value that projection mapping creates can only be effective with a high quality projector like Epson,” added Tumala.
Derek Tumala was born in Manila in 1986. He received his degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts with distinctions at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila in 2006. He has exhibited his works in galleries and alternative spaces in the Philippines and Singapore from painting, photography, and video mapping installations. Derek’s constant exploration of the digital medium and its technology has led him to his current practice as an emerging multimedia artist that specialises in applying video mapping to sculptures and found objects. He treats video as a form of light which transfigures an object’s state or form, fluidly transforming its spatial nature.
Art in the Park is a project of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and Philippine Art Events, Inc., in cooperation with Barangay Bel-Air, Makati Commercial Estate Association (MACEA), Bank of the Philippine Islands, and Smart Communications.
The ninth ‘Art In The Park’ was held at the Jaime Velasquez Park in Salcedo Village, Makati. This year’s art fair brought together an assortment of 60 art galleries and independent art and student groups, as well as big name artists side-by-side with the soon-to-be knowns.