IN celebration of the national arts month, SM City Batangas recently launched a Kable Art Exhibit featuring the works of local artist, Ruben Jasareno dubbed as “Kawad Stories”.
In Photo : (L-R) Batangas City Cultural Affairs Representative Mr. Bill Perez, SM City Batangas Mall Manager Gemina Buenaflor, Kable artist Ruben Jasareno, Batangas City Board Member Claudette Ambida-Andal and Batangas Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Amado Hagos during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Kable Art Exhibit at SM City Batangas last February 17, 2021.|
“Kawad” is a tagalog term for wire, a long thin piece of metal thread that usually serves a number of purposes for mechanical loads, electricity and telecommunications. With its ability to bend, “kawad” as for artist, Mr. Jasareno, becomes a wonderful art material, creating a visually pleasing interpretation of images, thus a medium to tell stories which is all about his works.
Ruben Jasareno is a self-taught local artist from Quezon and has been in the wire art since 2018. He discovered his medium through the inspiration of some upcycling artists focusing on “common people” as a subject. His intention is to create positivity by establishing connections between an artwork and its audience.
Ruben Jasareno’s “Kawad Stories” features throngs of Kable Artworks that depicts ordinary experiences by ordinary people in their day to day lives. It represents images, acts and situations using “kawads’ from which audience could instantly recollect their own stories and casually re-tell them.
SM City Batangas Mall Mana-ger Gemina Buenaflor welcomed the guests during the launch graced by Batangas City Board Member Claudette Ambida and represen-tatives from the Provincial and Batangas City Tourism Office Mr. Amado Hagos and Mr. Bill Perez.
Through the years, SM City Batangas has been continuously supporting the local art community as they recognize their importance to uphold and express creativity and culture.
Kable Art Exhibit, “Kawad Stories” will run until February 28, 2021 at SM City Batangas.| – BNN