Toym Imao
By MST Lifestyle | Jun. 03, 2015 at 06:30pm

Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes

Ayala Museum is going beyond the walls of its galleries to launch OpenSpace, the new outdoor exhibition area at the Museum Plaza. Ayala Museum senior curator Ditas Samson describes OpenSpace as “a public site for dialogue and interaction with contemporary art and artists.”

To launch OpenSpace, Ayala Museum invited celebrated artist and sculptor Toym Imao to display Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes; a carroza-like art installation inspired by his childhood love for Japanese animation and memory of the Martial Law years, the artist having been born in 1968.

During the 1970s, few viewing options were available with only five broadcast channels to choose from. At the time, Toym and his siblings were avid fans of weekly Japanese cartoons, the super robot series Voltes V and Mazinger Z. However, with only four episodes left before the finale of Voltes V, the cartoons were banned from broadcast due to the alleged “excessive violence,” leaving its young fans devastated and distraught.

Now, almost four decades later, Toym used that initial sting of anger to create this installation work that was born out of the artist’s 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 (brass, bronze and wood), painter, writer and filmmaker. He first trained in the arts under Philippine National Artists for the Visual Arts Napoleon V. 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 R. Roces for his passion for Philippine history and culture.

Last, Lost, Lust for Four Forgotten Episodes is supported by Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., Ayala Foundation, Inc., Ayala Center Estate Association, and LG Electronics Philippines. The exhibit will run until June 15.

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