Wednesday, July 31, 2013


The popular German street art duo is coming to make their mark.
August 7 – 10, 2013

Beauty is a Sanctuary exhibit by HERAKUT.  Presented by Vinyl on Vinyl and Fully Booked.  August 8, 7pm VOV


Herakut is a symbiosis of the aliases Hera and Akut, two graffiti artists from Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany. Their collaboration started when they first met in 2004. Both were invited to paint at the Urban Art Festival Sevilla in Spain and before that time had only seen each other’s work in graffiti magazines. To everyone and themselves it was clear that despite the fact they both focused on character painting their styles had nothing in common whatsoever. And that has not changed a bit.

The differences in Hera’s and Akut’s ways of approaching art and the painting itself are vast. Akut started doing graffiti at the age of fourteen with no artistic background. The photorealism he spray paints today is self-taught and needs a bundle of preparations consisting of a concept that has been mapped out on the computer, high resolution photo-material and a predefined assortment of aerosol paints. If this is all set, Akut patiently assembles his characters dot by dot with one eye on the concept, the other on the wall, while blending out everything else.
Hera in contrast thinks that preparing a piece is to handcuff yourself. It ties your perception to the sketch and allows no space for the influence of the surrounding atmosphere or any immediate response to the wall as a very individual medium to paint on. Different from Akut who had experienced graffiti closely connected to the hip-hop culture, Hera just felt the urge to work big-dimensioned when she originally started to paint on walls in 2001. Therefore none of the unwritten rules and restrictions of the established graffiti scene had an impact on her work although another mental boundary did: As reaction to years of strict education of artistic techniques which Hera had received as a child, she today demands as much freedom as possible for intuition and spontaneity in a painting.
Two hardbound books documenting their work have been published and sold more than 10,000 copies. “Herakut – The Perfect Merge” in 2009 and “After The Laughter” in 2011. Approached as works of art, Herakut devoted themselves to every detail of each book, from layout and paper selection, to hand drawn details.

Herakut will be in Manila this August. Their schedule of activities is as follows:

August 7 Wednesday
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Artist’s Talk and Q&A*
Faura AVR, Ateneo de Manila University
This talk is open to the public and requires pre-registration.
Please register here:

August 8 Thursday
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Artist’s Talk and Q&A*
SDA Cinema, 12/F SDA Campus
De La Salle University – College of St. Benilde
This talk is open to DLSU-CSB students only.
7:00 pm onwards

Exhibit Opening and Book Signing
Vinyl on Vinyl, The Collective

August 9 Friday
3:00 pm onwards
Watch HERAKUT paint a mural in the design section of Fully Booked.
The Bridgeway, 3/F Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

August 10 Saturday
3:00 pm onwards
Live painting with HERAKUT and Anjo Bolarda, Rai Cruz, and Gabby Tiongson
Bonifacio High Street
This event is presented by Fully Booked and Vinyl on Vinyl.

RUNNING EXHIBIT: Homemade featuring the Abrigo brothers

Collaborative Emergence and the environment that surrounds it. By applying various sociopolitical and cultural themes such as urban decay resulting in poverty, overpopulation, and homelessness, the artists along with their individual styles create visual tension in an attempt 
The brothers Buen, Kris, and Frances Abrigo aim to present their own interpretations of craftsmanship as influenced by the physical form that constitutes the house 
to represent how those issues challenge creativity. They are highly influenced 
by the improvisational culture that is brought about by that which is inevitable--
the force of mother nature and that which is uncertain--humankind.

As true craftsmen and masters of improvisation, the brothers construct their art using the same carpentry techniques that are applied when building a home. Individual styles brought about by different artistic influences are curiously merged to depict the invention of emerging thought patterns.

Opposing elements such as calculation and improvisation allow the artists to explore the infinite possibilities of their craft using various materials related to homebuilding such as wood and paper. The calculated risk in the physical form is evident in 
each art. Static images playfully translate into 3 dimensions as an attempt to develop visual representations of intuitive motion. Finally, the involvement of artistic simulacra in the intentional use of distortion is used in an effort to reveal the obscure 
truths in our society. 

-Jill Adolfo

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Get 'em while it's hot!

 Jon Burgerman's PENS ARE MY FRIENDS book 
will be available by Friday (July 26)! 
We will only have 20 copies!!! We are open for reservations! 2,500 php.

Jon Burgerman in Vinyl on Vinyl on July 28, 2013!

"Jon Burgerman makes vibrant, neo primitive scrawls of shapes and colour. He's pushed his monster-like characters into compositions where cartoon-like forms are crammed on top of each until they create a screaming mass of energy. Intensely prolific, he has pushed the character obsession of the late 90s into a far more interesting and strong direction. Think Walt Disney at an Incan monument on mescaline."

Francesca Gavin, author of Street Renegades and 100 New Artists (published by Laurence King), Visual Arts Editor Dazed & Confused
Jon Burgerman has risen to be one of the prominent artists who traverse the disciplines of contemporary art, design, illustration and entrepreneurism. His award winning work can be seen globally from gallery and bedroom walls to cinema and iPhone screens. A sense of British self-deprecation, dry humour and modern-day anxiety imbues his work along with an enthusiasm for salad.

Burgerman exhibits internationally and his work is collected worldwide and is in the permanent collections of The Victoria and Albert Museum and The Science Museum in London. He has received a Cannes Lions Advertising award, two D&AD Silver award nominations and has collaborated with brands that include: Pepsi, CocaCola, Nike, Sony, Sky, Kidrobot, Puma, Nintendo, MTV, Levis, 55DSL, Miss Sixty, AOL, Size? and Rip Curl. He also once designed a special sick bag for Virgin Atlantic flights.

Burgerman lives and works in New York and online.


Manila 28th July
 VinylonVinyl Gallery

Time : 8pm onwards



Manila 25th July
 St Benile College
 SDA Cinema

Time: 10am – 12pm


Manila 28th July
 VinylonVinyl Gallery- Admission is FREE

Time : 5 – 8 pm.


Manila 28th July
 VinylonVinyl Gallery

Time : 7 – 9 pm.