10 Art Exhibits to See This October

Ten shows worth seeing this month.


(SPOT.ph) With an overload of information in today's digital age, it is a bit hard to know what's original or not, or even if there's still an original idea at all. But this month, old motifs like existentialism, love, and femininity are given a different spin through reimagined characters or reconstructed items by local and international artists.


Make this list your guide for October to see things from a different perspective.


"The Lovers" by Katrina Pallon


Lovers, Death, Judgment

Katrina Pallon reimagines and recreates the Major Arcana, a suit of 22 cards in the 78-card Tarot deck, into a series of paintings to present a commentary on women's roles in society. She explores the unique and innovative feminine power and offers her own artistic rendering on the future of women while dabbling in the psychological aspects of the occult and Eastern mythology.


The exhibit runs from October 15 to 25 at Art Underground.



Art Underground is at 814 Balagtas Street, Addition Hills, Mandaluyong. For more information, visit Art Underground's Facebook page


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Pardo de Leon's latest exhibit comprises four subjects all executed in large-scale murals. The common denominator among them is the dominance of parallel and perpendicular lines, which are used to manipulate the perceived space. This suggestive form gives room for introspection and meditation of the presented symbolisms.


The exhibit runs from October 8 to 29 at Blanc Gallery.


Blanc Gallery is at 145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City. For more information, visit Blanc Gallery's Facebook page. 





Convergence is a three-person exhibit by Ramon Diaz, Betsy Westendorp, and Cesar Caballero. Diaz is famous for his strong images of the nishikigoi (a.k.a. koi), known in Eastern culture for bringing good luck. Spanish-born Westendorp fondly translates into canvas various landscapes of Manila, including her rendition of the heavens depicting the famous Manila Bay sunset. Madrid native Caballero shows off his background in drawing, graphic design, photography, and even stage design with bold colors on the canvas.


The exhibit runs from October 5 to 23 at Provenance Art Gallery.


The Provenance Art Gallery is at 2/F Shangri-La at the Fort, 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit Provenance Art Gallery's Facebook page. 



Beyond Monochrome

Beyond Monochrome, a black and white photography exhibit, features images taken by Allan Borebor, Brendo Prudenciado, Ferdie Tiongson, and many more. It defines a semblance of space through monochromatic pictures of landscapes and explores the importance of art amid the mass production of photographs.



The exhibit runs until October 30 at Vetro Gallery.


Vetro Gallery is at 4/F Congressional Avenue, Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City. For more information, visit Vetro Gallery’s Facebook page


Photo by Dave Leprozo Jr.


Tradisyunal na Habi ng Kordilyera

In celebration of Indigenous People's Month, Baguio-based photojournalist Dave Leprozo Jr. highlights the culture of the Cordilleras, particularly hand-woven fabric and traditional costumes from the six provinces of the region, through a solo exhibition. The same series was earlier presented at the University of Baguio and Asian Cultural Center of the University of the Cordilleras. “The show is a tribute to the tradition of weaving for the region,” Leprozo said in an interview with Sunstar in August. 


The exhibit runs until October 30 at NCCA 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's Facebook page



"Coco de Mer Heart" by Agnes Arellano


Born of the Moon

Agnes Arellano, best known for surrealist and expressionist work in plaster, bronze, and cold-cast marble, presents the sensual Born of the Moon exhibit. The series was the result of the artist's fieldwork in 2008 in Khajuraho, Central India whose founder was believed to be "born of the moon." Most of the erotic sculptures show couples engaged in a loving glance or tender embrace. 


The exhibit runs until November 2 at Altro Mondo.


Altro Mondo is at 3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's Facebook page




Portable Apparitions

Sherwin Villano uses found objects and materials, such as nylon strings, to reflect his fascination with the meditative process. It presents one of the common motifs in his artworks—lone figures in blank backgrounds, which explores his absorption to existentialism and man’s relation to the rest of the world.


The exhibit runs from October 5 to 16 at Pineapple Lab.


Pineapple Lab is at 6071 R. Palma Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit Pineapple Lab's Facebook page




Like her 2013 group show Childhood Games People Play in Singapore, Lee Paje takes inspiration from children's books for her solo exhibition Unexpurgated. She uses the Disney collection and reworks the heteronormative narratives, the usual prince-and-princess tale, to make them fit her own experiences. Through paper sculptures and oil on copper paintings, she wishes to shed light on the complexity of gender.


The exhibit runs from October 7 to 29 at Tin-aw Art Gallery.



Tin-aw Art Gallery is at UG/F, Somerset Olympia, Makati Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Tin-aw Art Gallery's Facebook page


“Binocular Artwork 1” by Jinggoy Buensuceso


Unfamiliar Landscapes

A sequel to Jinggoy Buensuceso's exhibit Rebellion in 2014, Unfamiliar Landscapes focuses on mapping the geography of things in time and totality as opposed to the smaller perspective in his previous show. He uses molten aluminum and sand in his sculptures to allow spontaneity in his pieces. Buensuceso recently won the Outstanding Designer of the Year Award from Wallpaper Magazine in Thailand.


The exhibit runs from October 8 to 30 at Galleria Duemila.


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



"2 a.m. Singing Octopus" by Vinty Lava


Yellow Green Sound Town

The first solo exhibition of artist and musician Vinty Lava gives a reimagination of fictional characters spawned from his own music videos. Through this, he investigates the power of sound and its connection to locations, seasons, and people.


The exhibit runs from October 7 to November 20 at Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo Gallery (Small 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. 


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