10 Art Exhibits to See This September

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(SPOT.ph) History plays a heavy hand in most interpretations of art. The present, after all, is a direct effect of all things that happened in the past. For this month's line-up of art exhibits, we center on those that highlight bits and pieces of our country's narrative, from the Spanish colonization to exploration of oneself vis-a-vis society.


Check out this list and get your art fix!



“Joyride” by Juvenal Sansó


Two Halves of a Whole

When Roberto M. Lopez of Lopez Museum and Library spearheaded an exhibit for Spanish artist Juvenal Sansó in 1988, he didn't know that it would be as big as it is today. The artist, right then and there, donated 55 paintings and prints to the museum's permanent collection. Fast forward to 2016, Two Halves of a Whole not only celebrates Sanso's 70th year as an artist but also recognizes the role of patronage in Philippine arts and culture as exemplified by Lopez.


The exhibit runs until December 23 at the Lopez Museum and Library.


Lopez Museum and Library is at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City. For more information, visit Lopez Museum's website



“Shinrai” by Julian Gabriel Santos



For Julian Gabriel Santos's first solo show, he presents five works that took four years to complete. Warrior brings to light two cultural codes of conduct—feudal Japan's Bushido and the controversial Code of Kalantiaw from pre-colonial Philippines. The similarities between the two are explored, as well as their themes of death and rituals. The works of art reflect Santos' style of photorealism, which is one of the early forms of photography. 



The exhibit runs until September 15 at Prism Gallery.


Prism Gallery is at Island Tower, Salcedo Street corner Benavidez Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Prism's Facebook page




Los Desastres de la Democracia (The Disasters of Democracy)

Manuel Ocampo and Jigger Cruz use Francisco Goya's La Junta de la Compania de Filipinas, Los Caprichos, and Los Disparates as jump-off points for a collaboration on their own interpretation of capriccio or caprice. It is a word often used by Goya to comment on “the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the common prejudices and deceitful practices which custom, ignorance or self-interest have made usual" as quoted in Linda Simon's The Sleep of Reason.


The exhibit runs from September 9 to 19 at Shangri-La Plaza, and October 10 to December 3 at Ateneo Art Gallery.


Shangri-La Plaza is at EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. 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





Mike Garcia's first one-man show in Manila is a synthesis of his two beliefs: animism, which attributes spiritual essence to animals, plants, and inanimate objects; and Thomism, a school of thought inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas. These are tied through his depictions of human and animal forms using graphite and oil on paper. Garcia is one of the first Palaweño artists to be awarded as regional winner for Luzon in the 2016 Philippine Art Awards.



Anathomism runs from September 7 to October 7 at Kulay-Diwa.


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



"Lucent" by Wipo


Press x Press

Press x Press is a series of collaborative works by abstract artist Wipo and other artists from various genres, such as literature, photography, paintings, and even functional objects. The combination of identities and thoughts result in a whole new reality. Philip Paraan calls these paired collaborations "transitional spaces" that become an "interesting exercise of experiment, chance, and tentativeness."


Opening reception is on September 16, 6 p.m. The exhibit runs until September 30 at NOVA Gallery.


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



"Ch’i-lin of Calauit" by Yee I-Lann


Yee I-Lann: 2005-2016

Yee I-Lann: 2005-2016 is the first solo show for the Malaysian contemporary woman artist at the Ayala Museum. Through her works, Yee I-Lann narrates Southeast Asia's turbulent past as she invites viewers to reflect on personal histories and common human experience across the archipelago. Dr. Patrick Flores quotes Yee I-Lann in the essay "Optic Nerve": "The simultaneous journeys I would take would be as a librarian, a collector, a sorter of stories and as a researcher using those libraries of information, heavy with baggage, to find a temperament, tempest, temple, template to address Sulu. I was attracted by the idea of photographing empty land/seascapes, just to hold still the physical space with my camera."



The exhibit runs until October 2 at the 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



"Pasá Pasâ" by Lightning Studies: CTCCCs



The show brings together contemporary artists Cian Dayrit and Liv Vinluan as well as curatorial projects by Lightning Studies: Centre for the Translation of Constraints, Conflicts, and Contaminations. Exposition highlights the three segments of the Lopez Collection that refer to varying projects undertaken by Spanish colonies on Philippine soil, including the cartography collection, numerous rare books and materials written in Spanish, and taxonomic projects on flora, one of which is Fr. Manuel Blanco’s Flora de Filipinas.


The exhibit runs until December 23 at the Lopez Museum and Library.


Lopez Museum and Library is at G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Quezon City. For more information, visit Lopez Museum's website




Papers and Layers

The Association of Printmakers proudly presents its annual exhibition of printmaking tradition with works by over 30 artists. Papers and Layers proves that paper is not only a flat plane, but an object of reconfiguration. The layers add the nuances and explorations of expressions and emotions. Participating artists include Ambie Abano, Buen Abrigo, Jose Santos Ardivilla, and more.


The exhibit runs until September 25 at the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) and Pasilyo Vicente Manansala (2/F Hallway Gallery) 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




"A contraction of sticks 3" by Tony Twigg


There, Not There, and On The way

Australian artist Tony Twigg brings his collection of timber constructions and paintings to the Philippines this September. Emphasizing geometric forms, his works often explore the subject of an "absent presence" through distances and spaces.


The exhibit runs until September 30 at Galleria Duemila.


Galleria Duemila is at 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website.



"Before the Sea" by Nona Garcia


Fall Leaves after Leaves Fall

Nona Garcia uses all the space in Silverlens for a single show, Fall Leaves after Leaves Falls, of her huge murals and paintings showing the elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Two pieces, namely "Before the Sea" and "Before the Sky" are displayed face-to-face, the way the artist originally intended. An 8x10-foot painting of a wall in Ifugao represents earth, while a series of abstract paintings reflecting the destruction of 2017 pieces of art in the Silverlens storage facility symbolize fire. For both Garcia and Silverlens, it is a sentimental show before the gallery moves to another location.


The exhibit runs until September 17 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2/F YMC Building 2, 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.

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