Gallery Exhibit Guide
Altro Mondo Arte Contemporanea
3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati
Pete Jimenez: Recent Works
Filipino sculptor Pete Jimenez has determinedly put his own spin on the example set by Picasso’s “Bull’s head,” and has throughout been having a good time doing it. Sourcing his raw materials from the junkyards all over Metro Manila, Jimenez is the exemplar of the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
February 8 – March 5
Altro Mondo at the Picasso
3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P Leviste Street, St., Village, Makati
Recalibrated: A Benilde Design Foundation Faculty Exhibition
Twenty one faculty members of the School of Design and Arts of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde are exhibiting their latest works at Altro Mondo Picasso from February 9 to March 5. It will also be part of Altro Mondo exhibitions during the Art Fair Philippines on February 16-19. Entitled, "Re-calibrated,," the exhibit features current and diverse practices of faculty-artists such as Bagiwa, Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Hector Barretto Calma, Camahalan, Alfred Capiral, Tim Dacanay, R.M. de Leon, Cristina Escario, Noell EL Farol, KR Fernandez, Reymar A. Gacutan, DJ Agnes Macasaet, Hershey Malinis, Marcushiro Nada, Kaloy Olavides, Abe Orobia, Vincent Padilla, Mervy Pueblo, Tess Quadra, Ian Quirante, and Joey Yupangco.
February 9 – March 5, 2017
277 Connecticut Street, Mandaluyong,
New Dogs: Old Vices
In New Dogs: Old Vices, Jonson acquaints us with canines in motion and in their seized perpetual motion, they taunt us with questions that can and will never be answered. The scenes from Jonson’s paintings trigger familiar yet bizarre semblance to our own life experiences. Her meandering imagination into the natural state of dogs amidst perverse settings draws a close similarity to our own domestic life. Perhaps the uncanny similarities between dogs and men in her paintings were not meant to just create symbolic gestures; rather they intend to ask why we keep acting like animals – like savages restrained by civilization. (Michael John Cruz)
The Big Room
Jacob Lindo and Jel Suarez
In Forging/Foraging, artists Jacob Lindo and Jel Suarez explore the symmetry in their work as the product of the tangential differences in their art process as they wield the same collagist’s eye and xacto. Where Lindo aims to detach pieces from the whole as he improvises new meaning from scavenged images, Suarez utilizes classical leitmotif: the artist invokes a frankenstein’s monster of old masters in each work as cut-and-paste self-education. This two-man show as designed by Lindo and Suarez then becomes forum, a discourse between seemingly contradicting perspectives, a collage of meaning. (Owel Alvero)
The Inner Room
Mike de Leon’s Kakabakaba Ka Ba?
Aspect ratio is the proportion between the width and height of an image. It determines the dimensions through which a viewer sees an image or a moving picture in the case of film. Nix Puno’s latest exhibition utilizes the aspect ratio’s fundamentally simple yet highly significant role in shaping the viewer’s perception to place them in this particular time in history.
Running until February 18
ART LAB: Atelier Cesare and Jean Marie Syjuco
327 Country Club Drive, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City
The Listening Room
ART LAB will feature “Who’s listening to Van Gogh’s Ear” by the internationally award winning and critically acclaimed art band, Jack of None. An experimental fusion of music, literature and visual art, the debut album was recently awarded Grand Prize at the Independent Music Awards in New York City.
Opens February 1, Open 24/7 by appointment
Asian Cultural Council / Leon Gallery
Leon Gallery, G/F Eurovilla 1, Rufino Cor. Legazpi St., Legazpi Village Makati City
Asian Cultural Council Art Auction 2017
An annual event unveiling an exciting collection of stunning art pieces by the country’s celebrated masters and important visual artists. The auction is for the benefit of the ACC Philippine Fellowship Program instituted in 2000 by the ACC Philippines Foundation, Inc.
Romina Diaz, Video Room
February 18, 2:00 PM
CANVAS Gallery and Garden, 1 Upsilon, Matandang Balara, Quezon City
PULO – The Settlement
Mark Justiniani’s largest and most important Infinity series work to date, with a massive 12x12x15 foot cube house wrapped in wood, galvanized sheets, signages, tarp and other materials. People will be able to enter the installation to view, on all sides as well as the floor, Justiniani’s trademark artworks of mirror, lights and other materials that create the illusion of never-ending space.
A Looking for Juan Project of The Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development (CANVAS) in partnership with the Ayala Museum, the piece will also serve as a strong reminder of the lessons for human rights from our dark past, particularly the Martial Law era.
PULO will be open for viewing at the Ayala Museum from February 13 to 19, 2017, and will then transfer to the famed Sunken Garden of the University of the Philippines in Diliman from February 22-26, 2017.
Finale Art File
Warehouse 17, La Fuerza, 2241, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
Natural Born Worker
Lugas Syllabus is a young painter from Jogjakarta, an important site of production in the always active art world of Indonesia. The atmosphere of the field is so hectic and the impetus for images is so breathtaking that an emerging practitioner will either have to sink in the temptation or to vainly resist it and consequently create his own imaginarium. (Patrick D. Flores)
Thirty Thousand Litres
Felix Bacolor’s installation piece makes reference to the continuing bloodshed under the current dispensation. The volume of 30,000 liters, represented through 150 steel drums capable of containing 200 liters of liquid each, alludes to the amount of blood spilled in the course of the administration’s war against drugs since June 2016. The numbers of the dead, whether complicit or innocent in this brutal war, have risen to 7,025 people as of January 22, 2017. Bacolor notes that one person needs around five liters of blood to live; 30,000 liters represents the sum total of lives cut short, robbed of the chance to change.
See No Evil
See No Evil 2017 is a sound installation that deprives you of sight. It concentrates on sounds of events and moments that compel you to either stand, leave, stay or listen. The installation desires to stimulate lost sensitivity and to evoke human compassion. It is a reminder that we are part of the greater whole, that we are not separated from everything happening around us. (Romina Diaz)
February 16 – March 19
3/F Bonifacio High Street, 5 th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Her Rain | Lani Maestro
Lani Maestro creates an installation for MO_Space using elements from previous works where the presence of language or words become somewhat of an embodied image. Situated architecturally, the work demands a reciprocal presence (or co-presence) with its spectators. This is not the first time artist Lani Maestro has used video in her work, although more typically she has adopted it to the more pacific themes of water and sleep both of which carry the resonance of flow, flows of nature, the cosmos, one’s body, movements of persons across oceans. In her case, the movement of frequent crossings between Manila, Canada, France, and back to Manila. And now with this exhibition, travel to Venice, Italy where she will participate as one of the two official Philippine representatives (with Manuel Ocampo) at the 57th Venice Biennale.
2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Ext. Makati City
14 February–22 March 2017
14 February, Tuesday, 6–9 PM
Silverlens is pleased to announce one of its two first solo exhibitions in its new gallery space by Manila-based artist Maria Taniguchi. This is Taniguchi’s first one-person exhibition in Manila since 2014, and since she won the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award Prize at the Rockbound Art Museum in Shanghai (2015). Since then, she has figured prominently in international group shows, among which include Oceanic Feeling: Maria Taniguchi and Sriwhana Spong, curated by Susan Gibb at ICA Singapore (2016); Globale: New Sensorium curated by Yuko Hasegawa at ZKM Karlsruhe (2016); and the 8th Aisa Pacific Triennial at QAGOMA Australia (2015). This will be Taniguchi’s fourth exhibition with the gallery. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, 14 February, from 6 to 9 PM. The artist will be present.
Ryan Villamael: Epilogue
14 February–22 March 2017
14 February, Tuesday, 6–9 PM
Silverlens is pleased to announce one of two first solo exhibitions in its new gallery space by Manila-based artist Ryan Villamael. This is Villamael’s sixth one-person exhibition since he joined the gallery roster in 2011, a year after he graduated from the University of the Philippines Fine Arts program. His last exhibition in 2015, Isles, won him the Ateneo Art Awards and a yearlong series of residencies which he undertook in 2016. He is one of the five Philippine artists in the current Singapore Biennale, with a prominent installation at the Singapore Art Museum. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, 14 February, from 6 to 9 PM. The artist will be present.
“Comprised of several paper structures growing and spilling out of old books and informed by the rapidly shifting political climate over the years, Epilogue is an invitation to look closer, pay attention, and discover narratives, which happen to be more of open-ended stories than overt commentary, lurking in the intricacies of what seem to be blooming bouquets and otherworldly machinery. Villamael’s attempt at telling stories—in the absence of perceived histories, propaganda, and personal feelings and biases—involves the act of opening books. And in place of words, there is a collection of images, amalgams of “triumphs and decay,” the resulting stories framed by whoever is reading the images and making the connections, and so, different with each gaze. The woven narratives from these books are as precarious in their “trueness” as Villamael’s structures look” (Carina Santos).
The Drawing Room
GF Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Extension, Brgy. Magllanes, Makati City
Featuring Artists: Jonathan Olazo and Alvin Gregorio
February 4 – 28
Upper Ground Floor Somerset, Olympia Building, 7912, Makati Avenue, Makati
Solo Exhibition: Ioannis Sicuya | Assuming It’s Apophenia
Ioannis Sicuya, in his first solo exhibition Assuming It’s Apophenia, attempts to explore arcane knowledge and the persistence of myth-making by utilizing the notion of cracks inherent to our faculties of sight. Sicuya traces the construction of myths, throughout time and across myriad cultures, as a response to our proverbial blindness—in our search for purpose and meaning, we create myths to govern our actions since our bodies are ill-equipped to understand the full extent of the universe. In order to display this brokenness in and of reality and cognition, the artist aptly utilizes jigsaw puzzle pieces and crudely broken pieces of plywood while simultaneously deploying icons at times neurological/anatomic, cosmological, geometric, divine, and esoteric. Assuming It’s Apophenia will run from 11 February 2017 to 4 March 2017 at the Tin-aw Art Gallery, Upper Ground Floor, Somerset Olympia Building, Makati Avenue, Makati City. Contact 8927522.
February 11, 6:00 PM