10 Art Exhibits to See This January

Start the year with fresh ideas from the local art scene.


(SPOT.ph) The new year comes with fresh ideas in the art scene—bustling with creative and talented visionaries. We've narrowed down 10 art exhibits that will fuel your imagination this January.



BenCab: Another Scale

National Artist BenCab recreates his art installation in Bandung, Indonesia from 1998, which was a product of the artist’s collaboration with other Southeast Asian artists for a workshop about urbanization. BenCab: Another Scale is the artist's evaluation of urbanization and environmental problems. Themes in the installation include migration, Filipino culture, and urban life. 


The exhibit runs until January 29 at Vargas Museum.


Vargas Museum is at Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City (vargasmuseum@gmail.com or 928-1927). For more information, visit the Vargas Museum’s website.



External Observer

In his solo exhibition External Observer, Yu Cheng-Ta presents two of his video works: “Fisherman’s Wonderland” (2013) and “Ventriloquists: Liang Mei-Lan and Emily Su” (2009). The former is the artist's satirical commentary on the subtle yet forceful marketing campaigns in the entertainment industry. Meanwhile, the latter explores cultural differences through Yu Cheng-Ta’s interviews with Filipino women living in Taipei. Both works demonstrate the artist’s emphasis on “cross-cultural, cross-geographical, and cross-temporal relations.”


The exhibit runs until February 7 at 1335MABINI.


1335MABINI is at 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila (info@1335mabini.com or 254-8498). For more information, visit 1335MABINI's website.




Rehearsals for the Wilful

Singaporean artist Genevieve Chua holds her Philippine debut through her solo exhibit, Rehearsals for the Wilful. The exhibit presents a selection of series the artist has been developing through the years, including “Swivel,” “Moth,” “Mnemonics,” and “Tillandsia Usneoides.” This is why viewers can witness and analyze the progress of her practice. Chua projects a variety of objects and visual archetypes towards larger historical and scientific paths.


The exhibit runs until February 6 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City (info@silverlensgalleries.com or 816-0044). For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.



Boxes, Bowls, Belljars

In her third solo exhibition, Tin Garcia explores bondage and fetishism, death, and women's issues. Garcia confronts the common perceptions associated with bondage. If you’re expecting leather, chains, gags, and whips, you’d be disappointed, but the artist has more striking things to offer: her paintings that explore submission through confinement and suffocation in the dominion of domesticity, mixed with religious iconography and humor.


The exhibit runs until February 20 at Post Gallery.


Post Gallery is at Shop 7, Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City (400-7905). For more information, visit Post Gallery’s Facebook page



Artificial Flavor

We live in a world where everything is made easy—we have fast food, Tinder, and everything instant. In her solo show, Artificial Things, Tyang Karyel presents her take on the modern traditions and folk arts, and mockingly tackles our love for pop culture, nostalgia, and food. Her works showcase her personal endeavors and inside jokes, presented in pastel-hued paintings, mixed media, and sculptures, using wood as her medium.



The exhibit runs until February 6 at Vinyl on Vinyl.


Vinyl on Vinyl is at 2/F Warehouse 2, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Vinyl on Vinyl's website.




Issay Rodriguez spent seven months understanding Escolta, Manila—familiarizing herself with the locale by absorbing its day-to-day scenes and documenting them through photographs for her solo exhibition, blueprints. Her works are done with “cyanophite” style—the combination of cyanotype print and graphite drawing—putting together different layers and vantage points, along with metaphors. By merging digital and analog technology, manual and mechanical labor, and historical and contemporary approaches, Rodriguez exposes the value of heritage and its promising potential today.


The exhibit runs until February 6 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City (info@silverlensgalleries.com or 816-0044). For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.



Painted Memories

In a special exhibition entitled Painted Memories, the Yuchengco Museum displays 36 Chinese brush paintings and calligraphy created by two generations of Chinese artists: Father Lai You Sun and his daughter, Yueh Faye Lai. To commemorate Lai You Sun’s 110th anniversary, his works are shown to the public for the first time, alongside Yueh Faye’s. 


The exhibit runs until January 16 at Yuchengco Museum.


Yuchengco Museum is at RCBC Plaza, corner Ayala and Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenues, Makati City (889-1234). For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum’s website 




“Argh!!” Screamed they who were sucked into the orifice

In her solo exhibit “Argh!!” Screamed they who were sucked into the orifice, Bree Johnson shares her fascination with orifices which started when her arm was accidentally punctured by a pair of scissors. She realized that the human body is temporal, and we all are made both alive and dead by and through orifices. Johnson confronts questions from this realization through her works. She concludes that one is responsible for one’s own life and nobody else.


Exhibit runs until February 3 at Underground.


Underground is at L/G and 2/F, Makati Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Pio Del Pilar, Makati City (833-7817 or 0920-564-6075). For more information, visit Underground’s Facebook page.



New and Selected Video

Video has long been Cocoy Lumbao’s medium of choice because it represents everything he believes about art: open-ended, ever-changing, and unbound to any definite structure—like a subject that has its own vision. In his latest work, New and Selected Video, Lumbao channels his thoughts through writing, or specifically, through typing them down. Rather than manipulations or reconstructions of reality, he believes that what he is trying to do is only to augment reality in order to reveal a passage of thought.


The exhibit runs until February 7 at MO_Space.


MO_Space is at 3/F MOs Design, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Glocal City (mospaceph@gmail.com or 856-7915). For more information, visit MO_Space’s website.  





Hagiography literally means “the biography of saints.” This is the title of Jun Jun Sta. Ana’s solo exhibit which presents a series of portraits subjectified by the artist. His works can be seen as tributes, imbued with a fervent, almost spiritual radiance. Sta. Ana doesn’t attempt to capture an aspirational presentation of a person, as a usual portraitist would. Instead, he offers faces and bodies thick with history, teeming with alternative lives and arbitrary meanings.


The exhibit runs until February 6 at Artinformal.


Artinformal is at 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City (725-8518). For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.


Also read: Learn more about the Power of Ownership with Yoshinori Niwa at 1335MABINI


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