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 Lirio Salvador  (1968 - )

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Lived/Active: New York / Philippines      Known for: assemblage sculpture, musical instrument and bicycle parts

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Following is a review of a 2013 exhibition of Lirio, published by the Drawing Room Gallery, Makati City, Philippines.

Lirio Salvador’s works do not stand behind signs that impose: “Do Not Touch the Artwork.” Instead, his art entices the viewer to reach across the institutional wall that divides them just to pluck at the strings. Called ‘sculptural assemblages,’ Salvador’s works are products of an alchemist. Gold lies in his ingenious fuse of decorative art and functional art, as well as the transformation of ordinary objects into a whole new artifact. Gears, mixing bowls, utensils and door handles make up these string instruments. Yet, this is more than experimentation with art principles and elements. Salvador’s sculptural assemblages also combine visual and sound form. The degree of direct viewer encounter changes as Salvador explores and moves from sculptural sentiments to functional principles and finally to firsthand experience with a musical instrument. Art, as proven by this artist, is no longer constrained to a passive gaze and a mere nest for our bottoms. It has now been made into an occasion to produce/ re-produce art ad infinitum from a single art-object.

Lirio Salvador is an alchemist of object and sound. Also a member of the band Elemento, the artist is dedicated to producing/ re-producing experimental sound compositions. Elemento makes use of his sculptural assemblages and home-made synthesizers. Unlike many haphazard others whose techniques match his, he is the rare few who can ever achieve a refined finish. His fascination with possibility is childlike, but his production is sophisticated. The beauty of his works does not end here. Because they are made up of various materials and disciplines, they can never remain closed up. The ingenuity lies in the unfinished nature of his works. In their capacity to accommodate more objects, more creative fusion, there is more gold to be made.

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The following text was published online at GMA NEWS:

Sound artist Lirio Salvador in a coma after hit-and-run crash.

Avant-garde sound artist Lirio Salvador is in a coma after being hit and run by a motorcycle early Friday morning  in Cavite. According to his close friend and fellow musician Jonjie Ayson, Salvador had surgery Friday afternoon on a blood clot in his brain but has yet to regain consciousness. "The next 72 hours will be crucial to his recovery," Ayson said.

Salvador, 43, was crossing the street to enter Espacio Siningdikato, the arts venue he and his arts colleagues set up in Dasmarinas, Cavite, when some friends inside heard the collision. They found Lirio lying on the street. Witnesses say three persons were on the motorcycle that hit him and sped away.

An artist known to break boundaries, Salvador has been a familiar presence at gigs where experimental and electronic music is performed. He makes instruments from bicycle parts and other scrap metal which he both performs and displays. His "sculptural assemblages" have been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum, the Drawing Room and other venues.

He is most popularly known for his "Sandata" series of playable art sculptures, some of which were recently sold by Christie's auction house in Hong Kong.

"Lirio Salvador’s works do not stand behind signs that impose: 'Do Not Touch the Artwork,'" according to the Drawing Room website. "Instead, his art entices the viewer to reach across the institutional wall that divides them just to pluck at the strings."

He is scheduled to fly to New York at the end of January to take up an arts residency.

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