CONTEMPORARY PHILIPPINE ARTS FROM THE REGIONS ACTIVITY 1.1 (Art Appreciation) nd 2 SEMESTER ACTIVITY 1: ART APPRECIATION Direction: Research the art works of various contemporary artists and choose one masterpiece that attracts you most. Give insight about your chosen masterpiece. Be guided by the questions provided. Title of the Contemporary Artwork: "The Fisherman" Artist: Ang Kiukok Region: The Philippines, Davao Region 1. Brief information about the artist. Ang Kiukok had a reputation of being a National Artist. His well known for his distinct cubist and surrealist portrayals of the crucifixion of Christ and mother and child. He was considered one of the most successful commercial figures on the local art scene from the 1960s until 2005 when he died from cancer. 2. What is the artwork all about? The artwork is said to be representing the struggles of the fisherman in their daily life. It is believed to be a painting in “which connects both energy, faith and the struggle of fishermen under a vibrant crimson sun laboring together to bring in the haul for the day” (Bhandari, 2018). This painting exhibits the life of fishermen in our country. 3. What does the artist want to convey to his/her audience? This artwork is a cubism painting that the artist created to convey a message about what fishermen encounter, how they live their life between the struggles of their work. Fishing does require a intensive labor for most people because you are not only catching fish for yourself but for the country that overlooks and undervalues these goods. 4. What evidence is present in the artwork for you to consider it as a contemporary Philippine art? Cubism art is revolutionary approach to represent reality it's an artistic movement that employs geometric shapes in depictions of human and other form. Thus, this artwork is considered a contemporary Philippine art because Kiukok emphasizes the use geometrical shapes to portray the fishermen that create the illusion of movement. 5. Considering the era in which it was created, how do you relate it to the social situation prevalent during that time? Does it convey any message? The fisherman was created in the year 1992 and is recognized as a continuation of the artist’s series that share similar naturalistic themes along with the Fishermen (1981), as well as Fishermen Drawing Nets (1990). His works before these are proof that "art disturbs the comfortable and comforts the disturbed" because all his works seems to incorporate anger, sorrow, ugliness. and the madness present in our society.