Known as a comic onstage, lashing out spiels of humor with his band Kamikazee, Jay Contreras is one heck of a performer. Little to the knowledge of his fans, Jay is also a lover of art and he has expressed this in countless photographs he took once in while, during tours, out-of-town gigs, and especially when he’s with his family.
Here’s Jay’s definition of art
“Tinging ko sa art ay… hindi lang siya nakikita. Ang art nararamdaman mo, kahit picture yan at nakita mo, nararamdaman mo yung nakita ng nag-take ng picture na yun. Dapat yung art nakakaapekto sa tao (nakakakita), pwede siyang may gawing bagay na positive dun sa nakita nya. Saka tingin ko yung art hindi lang sya magandang tignan kundi may puso at may parang gustong ipagawa sa iyo.”
(In my own definition, art isn’t just something you see. Art is felt, even if it’s just a photo and you’ve seen it, you’ll feel what the person, who took that picture, saw in it. Art should affect the person who sees it and he could do something positive from what he saw. I also think that art isn’t just lovely to look at but it has a heart that’s trying to tell you something that you can do with it)
Jay is one of Power Mac Center’s Art Ambassadors, joined by Electrolychee (Marcud Nada and Bru Nada), Nikki Luna, and Leeroy New, who all represent cutting-edge artistry and excellence in Philippine contemporary art scene through photography, graphic design, visual arts, and sculptures, respectively.
Power Mac Center held its Pixelworx campaign for the past two months wherein they held free workshops and live demonstrations held at select Power Mac Center classrooms, sharing their unconventional art, techniques, and ideas in creating their chosen medium. The weekly workshop also focused on demonstrations when using Adobe Photoshop. A Wacom artist gave live sketch and edits of select Pixelworx participants. Wacom alos introduced the features and techniques that one can do with the use of the latest Wacom tablets.
Also, Pixelworx envoys on a multimedia awards competition through “Dare to Defy” online contest where entries where 20 entries where chosen to be included in a special art installation with the theme “Defying the Everyday Grind” held in Ayala Museum yesterday, August 22,2015.
This also culminates the awarding of 6 winners who embody the Pixelworx campaign who all rose from the best of mixed media in a variety of categories from fiber arts to painting, graphic design to photography, animation to film, and many more.
Michael Medina whose Through My Big Boy Lens won the Platinum Award while Jett Ilagan‘s Dream World made it to the top and awarded with Diamond Award at the “Dare to Defy” awarding ceremony.
“Apple products are the perfect instruments for these artists to create, showcase, and promote their art. We want these artists to dare to defy conventions through their creative digitally enhanced art,” said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.
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