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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Let's Volt In for Toym Imao

"Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes," is the title of celebrated artist and sculptor Toym Imao's art installation displayed at the OpenSpace, Ayala Museum. This was inspired by his childhood love of Japanese animation- Voltes V, and memory during the Martial Law years.

Toym Imao was born four years before Martial Law was declared in the country. For children growing up during the 70's, cable tv is non-existent and there are only five broadcast channels to choose from. He and his siblings were avid fans of Voltes V and Mazinger Z.

The art installation's title- Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes, was brought about by the show's (Voltes V) last four episodes being cut off the air before the finale. Reason given to viewers was the show's alleged "excessive violence." And for a child being deprived of his favorite tv show, he was devastated, and that left a huge mark in his consciousness.

After four decades, Toym used his childhood angst to create this art installation. It was born out of his childhood memory and experience; shaped and formed with academic training in architecture and fine arts, harnessed with the rigor of professional practice, and inspired by the heroes and ideals of history, and the character and gravitas of public art.

Toym Imao is a multi-media visual artist. He is a sculptor, painter, writer, and filmmaker. He first trained in the arts under Philippine National Artists for the Visual Arts Napoleon Abueva and Abdulmari Asia Imao (his father). His formal training came from the University of the Philippines (Architecture) and Maryland Institute College of Art (Sculpture). He studied film under premier Philippine director Marilou Diaz-Abaya. He credits his mentor National Artist for Literature Alejandro Roces for his passion for Philippine history and culture.

This carroza-like installation lits up during the night so its also best to visit it for a different viewing experience. It is on display at the Museum Plaza until June 15, 2015.


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