The team behind the esteemed Salcedo Auctions introduces its newest subsidiary, Gavel&Block with “Editions” featuring esteemed artists like BenCab, Mauro Malang Santos, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso
From July 28, Friday to July 30, Saturday, a weekend market will bring together the worlds of art, design, and gastronomy. Gavel&Block, Salcedo Auctions’ new subsidiary, introduces a fresh, ‘out of the box’, and immersive event in collaboration with culinary group The Gourmand Market and creative event hub, Green Sun located at the Pasong Tamo Extension district.The Gourmand Market, Manila’s leading premium food market, will be offering a curated spread of fine food products, exciting local flavors and inventive plates at Green Sun to indulge even the most discriminating palates, providing an epicurean atmosphere, and indeed a full sensory experience as the inaugural Gavel & Block auction ‘Editions’ takes place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 2PM.
“Gavel&Block is for a progressive audience that appreciates art and design across all forms and media,” says Salcedo Auctions director Richie Lerma. “Gavel&Block is accessible because we want to bring the experience of auctions to a wider audience, educating and developing aesthetic sensibilities at the same time.”
“Accessibility also means being able to reach diverse individuals at their nodes of interest,” Lerma continues. “Food is a great reason to go out, socialize, and have a sensory experience that can be shared. So is the viewing of art; so I thought that gastronomy and visual art naturally complement one another – thus the collaboration with The Gourmand Market.”
For its debut sale entitled ‘Editions’, Gavel&Block by Salcedo Auctions will feature fine prints, ceramics, and sculptures by local and international masters. Among the artists featured are Mauro Malang Santos, National Artists Ang Kiukok, BenCab, and the world-renowned surrealist Salvador Dali.
Mauro Malang Santos and Ang Kiukok utilize a stencil-based technique to create colorful serigraphs. Pigments are applied to paper by pressing paint using a squeegee on top of a silk screen. This creates blocks of color that can be layered on top of each other.
BenCab, on the other hand, creates impressive graphic works by drawing an image onto a metal plate. After the metal is treated with a thin film of wax, the artist engraves the image onto the plate with a sharp, chisel-like tool called a burin to expose the plate underneath. After the image is finished, the metal is dipped in acid that burns through the exposed metal, leaving indentations where the image was drawn. The plate is then cleaned to remove the layer of wax, and ink or paint is smoothed over the plate, settling into the grooves. After cleaning with a washcloth to remove the excess paint, the image is placed under a damp piece of paper before running through a press. In BenCab’s Edsa Event, etching allows him to capture the intricate drapes he often depicts in his art.
Salvador Dali’s Les Entre-Plats Sodomisés involved drawing a mirror image of the artwork onto stone or metal using a medium that contains grease (these include crayons, pencils, or a black liquid specific to lithography called a tusche). Once the image is done, the entire surface is treated with gum arabic and nitric acid in order for the non-greasy areas to absorb water and the greasy areas to absorb oil. Next, a roller sponge dipped in oil-based ink is rolled over the surface with the color only sticking to the original drawing. The plate is then placed over a piece of paper and run through a press to produce editions of the image. Different plates are required for different colors
“Though auctions may seem intimidating at first, Gavel&Block promises to change that, providing a unique, exciting experience that everyone can enjoy.” A weeklong preview of ‘Editions’ will also be held at Three Salcedo Place, 121 Tordesillas St., Salcedo Village, Makati City, from Thursday, 20 July to Wednesday, 26 July and a catalogue of the 77 pieces going under Gavel & Block is available for download on salcedoautions.com
From July 28, Friday to July 30, Saturday, the first-of-its-kind ‘Editions’ food, art, and auction festival will be held at The Gourmand Market @ The Axon, Green Sun, 2318 Pasong Tamo Ext, Makati City. The event will feature the debut sale of Gavel&Block by Salcedo Auctions on Saturday, July 29 at 2pm. With a focus on the contemporary market, the ‘Editions’ auction will offer original fine prints, ceramics, and sculptures by local and international masters. Printmaking demonstrations by the renowned artist Fil Delacruz will also be held on Friday, July 28 at 6pm and on Sunday, July 30 at 4pm
Follow @salcedoauctions @thegourmandmarket and @greensunph on Instagram for more information. For inquiries, call +639178946550.