Art in the Park to physically take place on April 28! │ GMA News Online

The 16th edition of Art in the Park, dubbed the affordable art fair, will physically take place on Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 4 pm to 8 pm at Jaime Velasquez Park in Makati City, where a live mural painting, a talk, and a two-hour DJ set by After The Noon Records will take place. It will be preceded by online exhibits beginning April 24, where more than 61 galleries, art schools, independent art spaces, art collectives, and, for the first time, a non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace will participate. The online exhibit, which will last until May 1, can be viewed in Art in the Park’s official website.  What’s new at Art in the Park 2022? Art in the Park, in partnership with Globe Platinum, will present 100 pieces from part two of Monster Mayhem MegaMash, an ongoing project of Filipino street artist Distort Monsters, who aims to bridge physical and digital art with the release of these colorful creatures. Taking his distinct images from murals to beyond NFTs, Distort Monster’s creatures will be in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital forms, as he  explores the boundaries of technology. These one-of-a-kind monsters are each assembled from a set of traits inspired by various classic monsters — think ghouls, ogres, werewolves, and vampires — will be available at as giclee prints that contain unique QR codes that when activated, will enable buyers of the prints to onboard the images as NFTs, which they will also own. Accessibly priced at P9,500.00, the concept of the online exhibit takes off from Blindboxes, where buyers do not know which of the 100 unique prints and NFTs they have purchased until the giclee prints are delivered to them. At the physical event, Distort Monsters will be creating more mischievous and eye-catching creatures through a live mural painting session at 3pm and then at 5pm, he’ll discuss his Monster Mayhem MegaMash project and how it bridges the gap between traditional Art and NFTs in a talk. To complete the Art in the Park experience, a special two-hour DJ set by After The Noon Records will entertain the crowd from 6 pm to 8 pm, where food and drinks will also be available. Art in the Park continues to benefit the Museum Foundation of the Philippines in support of its projects and programs for the National Museum of the Philippines and its network. This year’s other special exhibitors include Rodel Tapaya and Marina Cruz, and Studio 1616. — LA, GMA News You may visit the Art in the Park 2022 at Jaime Velasquez Park on April 28 for free. For those who want to catch the online events, you may visit the website from April 24 to May 1.