Ram Mallari’s steampunk creations in ‘A Gentleman’s Domain’

Imagine a room full of curios and collectibles from a cultured, well traveled and sophisticated gentleman — like the Reform Club of Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days, or Dorian Grey’s den. It is a domain of the gentry, where a man can have a cigar, sip aged scotch, and put his smoking-loafered feet up on a leather ottoman. This is the scene at “A Gentleman’s Domain,” a new exhibit by Ram Mallari, whose very aesthetic echoes the chambers of these dens and parlors. Think of it as a man cave of a someone at once trapped in time and ahead of his time.

“Whizzy Steam Tractor” by Ram Mallari
“The King” by Ram Mallari

The sculptor uses found metal objects to craft new things that take on the visual characteristics of their original purpose: post-industrial and mechanical, yet with an almost organic quality.

The exhibition opens on March 14, 6 p.m. at the SM Megmall Art Center, 4th Floor, Art Walk, SM Megamall Building A, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. It runs until March 25. For information, call (02) 570-9495.