10 Art Exhibits to See This August

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(SPOT.ph) Conflicts often arise in life, whether they're dilemmas about yourself, neighbors, or even society. As in all art forms, these differences can be rendered uniquely by an artist's playful mind.


This month's lineup presents disparities of all kinds—from the real versus the imagined, from distinctions in status, from variations in emotions, and so on. Why not try to make sense of it all by checking out the exhibitions on this list?



"Tropical Winter" by Raine Sarmiento



Diversity is composed of three different artists, namely Pejie, Raine Sarmiento, and Cheryl Owen. Though individually unique, they have two things in common: the use of watercolor as medium and subjects of the female form. Pejie's artworks are mostly portraits of real people combined with the artist's rendition of their personal stories. Owen's pieces celebrate the similarities of woman and nature. Sarmiento's paintings expound on the "what if's" through combinations of her imagination and individuality.



Opening reception is on August 6, 6 p.m. The exhibit runs until August 27 at NOVA Gallery.


NOVA Gallery is at Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit NOVA Gallery’s Facebook page.


"Deadly Words" by Jay Iwayan



Jay Iwayan's solo exhibition showcases his works with acrylics on canvasses with bold brushstrokes. He explores subjectivity and disdain for outright lies by creating sheets of lines and colors that cover up hidden truths. Iwayan is a self-taught artist from the Visayas.


The exhibit runs until August 16 at Kulay-Diwa.


Kulay-Diwa is at 25 Lopez Avenue, Lopez Village, Sucat, Parañaque City. For more information, visit Kulay-Diwa's website.


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Narrative Threads

Narrative Threads is Alvin Florentino's first solo exhibit. Compared to his work that won him the Grand Prize for Painting at the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence Awards in 2013, this year's subjects are lighter. "Everything has to be balanced,” he said of his practice. “Not too much, not too little. My paintings are the same. Right colors, but not too vibrant. Maybe that’s why I prefer earth tones, reds, golds, grays.”


The exhibit runs until August 12 at Galerie Francesca.


Galerie Francesca is at Unit 409, 4/F  SM Megamall-Building A, J. Vargas corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Galerie Francesca’s website.


Art by Jonathan Olazo


Icarus is Lovesick Studio

Jonathan Olazo's newest exhibition reflects on the common artist's conundrum on the pursuit of profound perfection. It shows a series of paintings that look like splatters and paint blobs taken directly from the mixing palette and unto a surface. These are coupled with constructed art objects that appear to be scrutinizing the abstract works.



The exhibit runs until September 4 at MO_Space.


MO_Space is at 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street. For more information, visit MO_Space’s website.


“Bisperas” by Jose Tence Ruiz


Takwil: Pixelated Anxiety

Takwil: Pixelated Anxiety is an inventory of Jose Tence Ruiz' career as an artist in the field of printed digital imagery from 1996 to 2016. It explores the form and survival of digital art, as well as issues that are prevalent in these decades. This includes Ruiz' commentary on the collapse of religious orthodox, the subjugation of overseas Filipino workers, the armed conflict in a bid for peace, reduction of public service to private conspiracy, and the ironic and widespread ambiguity in this age of communication.


The exhibit runs until August 26 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Gallery.


NCCA Gallery is at G/F National Commission for Culture and the Arts, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Facebook page.



Sculpture by Ryan Rubio


Instinctual Creation

Though primarily known for his paintings, Ryan Rubio’s first foray at sculpture is not entirely new. His paintings in 2006 already reflected the artist’s pursuit in going out of the frame. With Instinctual Creation, he presents sculptures made of rocks—including green quartz, granite, and silica—that he collected from the seas and rivers of his hometown in Paracale Camarines Norte. “It is like bringing home a sack of rice,” he recalled as he described the toil of the numerous trips he made between Bicol and Manila. 


The exhibit runs until September 11 at Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.


The Cultural Center of the Philippines is at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website.



Art by Leslie de Chavez


Stirring the Ashes

Stirring the Ashes by Leslie de Chavez is a reflection on power structures of the past and present. Using powerful images and text, he gives a visual form to the disparities between social classes that have persisted throughout history. In 2014, De Chavez won the Ateneo Art Awards for his exhibition at the Lopez Museum entitled Complicated, which investigated the complex relationship between the Philippines and its former colonizers, the U.S. and Spain.


The exhibit runs until September 17 at Ateneo Art Gallery.


Ateneo Art Gallery is at 2/F Old Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery’s website.


"Babowaya-II" by Richard T. De La Cruz


The Wall

The Wall features the works of Abe Orobia, Alfred Capiral, Chloe Dellosa, Darrel Dan Lagasca, Edu Perreras, Jo Tanierla, Jonathan Benitez, Lester Amacio, and Richard De La Cruz. It seeks to expose various divisions within the society—myth versus society, dream versus reality, fortune versus poverty, and so on.



The exhibit runs until August 14 at Altro Mondo.


Altro Mondo is at 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's website.


"Lovers 'til the End" by Romeo Lee


When You're Strange

When You're Strange is a three-person show by Romeo Lee, Carla Ricafort, and Chill. It creates a strange picture on the banality of the real while poking fun at a variety of suffering. Lee's paintings of distorted physical proportions give representations of discomfort. Ricarfort's unique prints portray ponderings on gender difficulties, bestial lusts, and incomplete enlightenment. Chill's drawings combine symbols of mandalas with that of artificial networks to create feelings of disparity in this age of connections.


The exhibit runs until August 6 at Artery.


Artery is at 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery's Facebook page.



Tetsuya Noda Diary: October 25, 1973


The Diary of Tetsuya Noda: Steven Co Collection

The show features works from Tetsuya Noda's Diary, a visual account of the artist's personal life. He began the series in the 1960s and continues to be the artist's signature project. His subjects include casual portraits of his family, scenes from daily life, and common objects. Noda is renowned in using a combination of techniques from Japanese woodblock printing, photography, and silkscreen printing.


The exhibit runs until August 28 at Ayala Museum.


Ayala Museum is at Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website.

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