August 19 – 30, 2022
As a generation we have experienced so much upheavals and trials, but because of this we have also experienced the most amount of change in almost every aspect of our lives. To begin with, we have been given the rare opportunity to start afresh and be able to reset our priorities and give importance to the things that really matter. At the end of the day, when all the trappings of living in a highly industrialized world is stripped away, we are left with things that are most important, family, health and the environment. When the world went quiet, we learned to go back to the basics. We learned to do away with excess and make the best of what we had right in our own backyards, we learned to glean and draw inspiration and creativity from nature once again.
To many of us, creating from raw nature could be seen as a revolutionary concept. Especially for those of us who are used to what is fast, easy and utilitarian devoid of nuance and oftentimes the frivolity of the innate shape and forms evident in nature. However, for Agi Pagkatipunan nature and the raw natural forms, and nuances provided by nature are what he uses to ignite his creativity and fuel his passion for creating beautifully nuanced, organic forms in his unique brand of functional art.
He draws inspiration mainly from his extensive collection of old wood sourced from antique homes as well a host of exotic and rare hardwood. To the untrained eye, this staggering collection would appear as nothing more than a pile of firewood or ‘panggatong’ but to a master of his craft and his medium, he sees the potential of each piece of wood at a single glance. He relishes in the process of using the materials unique flaws and characteristics to each unique piece that comes from his workshop. The resulting work is a highly nuances and organic work that is truly and interaction of nature own design and the artists unique eye, skill and mastery of his craft.
To witness Agi Pagkatipunan work is to watch a master in his element. The process of creation appears almost as easy as breath. There is a certain fluidity and ease to his process. But also if one is to take a deeper look, a closer look you see the keen experienced eye intuiting the strengths and weaknesses of each piece of wood and divining seemingly in an instant, the best way to carve, hone and utilize each piece to maximize its strength, beauty and functionality. What we do not see in a master’s work is the years and years of work and experience that goes into each stroke of a chisel or how much information is gathered about the material by even lightest touch on wood. The sign of a true master his peak truly elevates his craft into art.
Also being an architect by profession, Agi Pagkatipunan is guided by the words of Louis Sullivan that “Form Follows Function” This is evident in his work in such a way that he remains true to the form that nature had provided and creates function out of it. We see this in how he features the full pattern of wood grain preserving it across multiple manel in each piece so it appears as though the wood grain continues throughout each piece, or how he uses the natural curves of the wood to create an almost ergonomic support in a chair or bench. He also never stains the wood but rather uses the natural shades and tones of different varieties of wood to create depth and contrast in his pieces. He has mastered the technique with such grace but also with such meticulous detail that the result is always a surprise.
This exhibition truly is a sight to behold, the work of a true master who was dubbed by Junyee, renowned sculptor and Installation artist as a “Wizard of Wood” and that is truly what Agi Pagkatipunan is. The exhibition will run from August 19 – 30 at Art Lounge Manila – Molito in Alabang.The opening reception held on August 23. For more information visit the www.artloungemanila.com. You may also check their social media pages FB: @ArtLoungeManila for more details.