10 Art Exhibits to See This January

Featuring aliens and skeletons!


(SPOT.ph) January, being the start of the new year, is often full of hope and, sometimes, a nostalgic perspective on the year that was. For this month's lineup of exhibits, we're given opportunities to reflect on our own self-discovery through driftwood sculptures, creations in cold-cast marble, and abstract paintings, as well as to explore the changes in Philippine society through scanned photographs and installations.


Start 2017 right with our new list of art exhibitions.



Artwork by Gregory Halili



Echo is Gregory Halili's newest collection of 15 works made from his common tools of the trade—corals, driftwood, and giant clams. This is held simultaneously with a group exhibit at the Singapore Art Museum for Singapore Biennale 2016. At the center of Echo is a life-size skeleton created entirely from uncut and raw materials from the beaches of Calatagan and Anilao, Batangas. It's a clear deviation from his common repertoire of miniatures as Halili takes on a more sculptural approach using larger found objects.


The exhibit runs until February 4 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.




Arrays of Evidence

Acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Kiri Dalena is known internationally for her works that criticize social inequalities and condemn state persecution. "Erased Slogans" presents the Martial Law protests in the 1970s through scanned photographs, "Requiem for M" tackles the culture of impunity in the country, and "Red Saga" recounts military hostility towards radical individuals. Arrays of Evidence presents proof of the continuous disregard for human rights happening in the country today.



The exhibit runs from January 21 to March 3 at 1335MABINI.


1335MABINI is at 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit 1335MABINI's website.



Artwork by Agnes Arellano


Born of the Moon

If you missed the first run of Born of the Moon at Altro Mondo Picasso, then this is your chance to see Agnes Arellano's works. She's best known for her surrealist and expressionist creations in plaster, bronze, and cold-cast marble. The Born of the Moon series was the result of her fieldwork in 2008 in Khajuraho, Central India, a place 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 from January 12 to February 5 at Altro Mondo Greenbelt.


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



"Maybe we could find the time to wake up" by Clarence Chun


Aliens vs. Robots

Artists Clarence Chun, Patrick Cruz, Jon Cuyson, and many more look into the contemporary ideas of aliens and robots as representations of the culture at present. These eight artists explore the differences in expression with side-by-side representations of opposing ideas of mind versus body, abstractions versus representations, and primitivism versus contemporary. Aliens vs. Robots also establishes the never-ending process of self-discovery amid assimilation and alienation.


The exhibit runs from January 14 to February 11 at Artery Art Space.


Artery Art Space is at 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery's website.





Dark White Chakra

In Hindiusm, a chakra is believed to be the energy point of the body. Dark White Chakra explores this energy point and chronicles how we deal with both the dark and white realities in our lives. It is an exhibition of paintings, photos, and installations by Marija Vicente, Tanya Villanueva, and Gail Vicente.


The exhibit runs from January 12 to February 5 at MO_Space.


MO_Space is at 3/F MOs Design, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space's website.



"Overkill" by Wipo


Mental Shotgun

NOVA Gallery starts of the year with an exhibit of abstract works by Demi Padua, Fitz Herrera, and Joel Quiñones, among others. Such selection is apt for this contemporary art space known for featuring video installations, mixed media, and found objects.


The exhibit runs from January 21 to February 3 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.



“Luksang Baka” by Josephine Turralba


3, 2, 1: Three Artists, Two Venues, One Show

Alan Cosio, Phyllis Zaballero, and Josephine Turralba present their new works simultaneously at two venues this January. 3, 2, 1 is a play on the countdown for 2017, which signifies a hopeful start of the year. Tapestry artist Cosio showcases portraits that pay homage to classical musical greats. Zaballero presents colorful artworks reminiscent of French artist Henri Matisse's paintings. Turralba juxtaposes the emptiness of space with the hustle and bustle of the urban landscape in Manila.



The exhibit runs from January 25 to February 8 at Ricco Renzo Gallery and Caruso Ristorante Italiano.


Both Ricco Renzo and Caruso Ristorante Italiano are at LRI Plaza, N. Garcia Street, Bel Air 2, Makati City. For more information, visit Ricco Renzo's website.




Zero Point of Nothing

Louie Cordero's style delves into portrayals of creatures from Filipino mythology, often representing topics in the country's political history and current issues. He is most known for Nardong Tae—a self-published underground comic series which eventually acquired a following in Japan. Zero Point of Nothing is his newest exploration of the blood and gore featured in local news.


The exhibit runs from January 21 to February 11 at Blanc Gallery.


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





For the inaugural display in its new gallery, Silverlens presents the works of 22 artists—Pio Abad, Martha Atienza, Dina Gadia, and many more—in a group exhibit called Translación. The pieces curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana are mostly each artist's most seminal work, some even borrowed from private and institutional collections. A walkthrough in the gallery is almost like a trip down memory lane featuring our contemporary art landscape.


The exhibit runs until February 4 at Silverlens.


Silverlens is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.



“Banda” by Rigor Esguerra


Vergaenglichkeit (Transcience)

Vergaenglichkeit, German for transience, features 10 Filipino artists including Arnel Garcia, Emmanuel Nim, Joemarie Sanclaria, and more. The exhibit highlights the period in their respective careers where style and medium are still in the experimentation phase. The display lives by Matisse's words: "An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc.”



The exhibit runs until January 31 at the German Club Manila.


German Club Manila is at Eurovilla II Building, 118 V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City. For more information, visit Transwing's Facebook page.


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