Last April 29, I had my first art exhibit launch experience care of my blockmate EJ. His cousin, Carlo Calma, launched his 18-piece wood sculpture exhibit entitled “Grammar of Movement”. Being that EJ only invited me hours before it happened, I was uncomfortably underdressed. Nevertheless, I wanted to go to Ayala Museum and see what it was all about.
Carlo Calma is a third-generation artist; his family name has become synonymous with the best of Philippine design and architecture. With his show, it’s evident that he’s also adept with his hands in manipulating wood as a medium.
What he focused on bringing to life are the movements our bodies make — movements that often happen too fast that we don’t get to appreciate them.
Naturally, Calma was largely inspired by dance to depict movement. We saw Black Swans, B-Boys, Bob the Builders, Bathing Beauties, and even the King of Pop!
Synchronized swimmers. My and Kimmy‘s favorite in the exhibit
There were three pieces in the exhibit that were different from the others but were interesting nonetheless. Calma also explored a different kind of movement: the lingual and cultural movement that is jejemon. He quotes literary luminaries and juxtaposes its jeje counterpart, much to our delight and out-of-place snickering.
It’s easy to see that Calma succeeds in working with a long-favored medium and giving it a youthful edge our generation can relate with. Carlo Calma spoke the Grammar of Movement, and we understood.