40-meter ribbon cutting marks opening of Sensorium Exhibition

SM City Bacolod in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and AWD Foundation of the Arts, Inc. officially opens the Sensorium exhibit which will run until April 16, 2011 at the mall’s East Bridgeway.

Sensorium, which is named after the part of the brain that receives and coordinates all external stimuli, integrates a broad range of artworks that indulge the senses – paintings, sculptures, fabric art, edible art, and mixed media pieces. It features a mosaic of portraits that have been repeatedly rendered with different techniques and expressions, sensory boxes, and tactile artworks with Braille features that communicate with the blind.

In her speech, contemporary artist Allison Wong David shared with guests the story of one of her favorite paintings, Myrna.  “Myrna is a lady who owns a framing shop,” she says.  “I painted her because I was amazed how everyone relies on her – she handles so many things at one time.  And I thought that the best way to express Myrna is to share Myrna.” Ms. David’s portrait of Myrna was made into chocolate, and served during the opening event, and so to speak, everyone had a piece of Myrna.

Allison Wong David was born in Hongkong, and studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts and the Chelsea School of Fine Arts in London.  She has lived in the Philippines since 1998 and by 2002, started actively making art and mentored under Filipino painter Renato Habulan. She has had several art exhibitions in Manila, including group exhibitions Crossing the Threshold at the SM Megamall Artwalk in 2003; Weaving: In Revolt at the GSIS Museum in 2004; and Arkuiris at the SM Megamall Artwalk in 2005.  She had her first solo show Portraits: the Interconnectedness of Everyone and Everything at the SM Megamall Artwalk in 2006; and Sensorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in 2007.

Ms. David, together with vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan Museum of Manila Ms. Cora Alvina, SM mall manager George Jardiolin, assistant mall manager Julia Javellana, and Art Association of Bacolod-Negros president Sony Golez and AAB treasurer Rafael Paderna led the 40-meter ribbon cutting, the longest so far that was held at SM City Bacolod. Among who graced the event were Association of Negros Producers (ANP) president Josephine Locsin, Dizon Ramos Museum curator Raymond Bayot, University of St. La Salle’s Museo Negrense assistant director Rona Fernandez, lifestyle writers Eduardo Garcia, Betsy Gazo and Toots Jimenez, and tour guide Maricar Dabao.