Thursday, September 8, 2016

Thursday, September 08, 2016
Kinetic Sculptor Lucky Salayog with his piece called "Trireme"



Derelict but timeless. The creations of Filipino kinetic sculptor Lucky Salayog have an attractive appeal that speaks about contrasts in society. They often tug on each other's ends until you see nothing but a thin line of reverie in the middle. What most people discard for garbage, he turns into industrial art. Although his output may generally look like a study on aeronautic expression, he also dabbles on nautical ones. What's common is the blur between industrial and post-apocalyptic sensibilities.

Hailing from Ilagan, Isabela, Lucky was surrounded with nothing but cornfields when he was young. Everywhere he looked, he saw the sky as one vast possibility. Whenever he was not lost in such rural scenery, he was at a neighborhood junkyard tinkering with steel, nuts and bolts. He grew up looking at livid contraptions and seeing grand designs instead. Although most of what he works on may look hard and stiff, there's something soft about the resulting art once they're done.

A commissioned work by Lucky Salayog at a home of a friend

A commissioned work by Lucky Salayog at a home of a friend

No Looking Back

He attempted to finish Architecture, but decided to take a plunge into what he does best -- kinetic sculptures. With pieces that fetch anywhere between P40,000 and P250,000, his art is certainly lucrative so much so that he's not keen of doing a reset with his life decisions anytime soon. For someone who was deemed with a little chance to live after being born premature, he definitely is one lucky guy.

One-day Show

Visiting his one-day show at a home of a friend in San Mateo one weekend, I got the chance to see up close his new set of art pieces, all mixed media. Although I've already seen in the same residence two of his commissioned art works which are both religious displays, I can tell by the new pieces what he really is about as an artist. His pieces of machine art can either be manually operated or plugged to a power source to have them move. Once they do, they're a treat to the eyes. Any one of them can look stunning at a grand hotel or office lobby.

A commissioned work by Lucky Salayog at a home of a friend

Truly Filipino

Recently, he created a jeepney sculpture for former President Joseph Estrada for one of his events in Manila where the latter's currently the city's mayor. The identity of his pieces can go a long way in the Pinoy art scene especially because it's young, fresh, and reflective of the country's resilience.

Having caught up with the artist at the one-day show, I encouraged him to explore the possibility of doing commissioned work for television and film projects also since what he does is something rare and unique. It will be a treat to see his work of art appreciated by a large audience.

There is currently no on-going show of Lucky Salayog's work anywhere but you can contact him for projects at the contact info below:

Lucky Salayog

Official Facebook fan page of Lucky Salayog

Mobile: 0997-475-2615


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