10 Art Exhibits to See This May

We reimagine memories.

 

(SPOT.ph) Memory is such a crucial faculty of the mind—from the simplest things like walking, to the most complex needs as in completing required research. And yet, it is one of the trickiest parts of our humanity because memories can sometimes be altered, reimagined, and even lost.

 

In this month's roundup of exhibits, we look at how remembering brings us joy, sadness, and pain. We celebrate artists whose memories live on through their art, relive the past that's captured in photographs, and reflect on how far we’ve come as a society.

 


 

Medusa

Wawi Navarroza, known for her photographic works, presents her own take on the Greek mythological character named Medusa in a solo exhibition. Much like the Gorgon who can turn the uninformed gazer into stone, she captures the suspended moment of her travels across seas through large-format photographs. She reflects on the unending search for the metaphorical philosopher's stone beneath human activities, machinery, and the changing landscape of the world.

 

The exhibit runs until June 3 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website. 

 


 

Traveling on the Edges of Lost Maps

Artists Mariano Ching and Yasmin Sison explore the beauty and pain of traveling across various countries, especially when suspended in memory. With watercolor, Sison renders the travel photos of her maternal grandparents when they toured Europe and the U.S. in 1976. Ching, on the other hand, uses oil and watercolor on paper to recreate the crucial period of the previous world wars.

 

The exhibit runs until May 21 at MO_Space, 3/F MOs Design, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space's website. 

 


 

Purveyors of the Preferred View

Multi-disciplinary artist Iya Regalario's solo show criticizes the function of media and how it is often misused as a platform for propaganda, as well as the role of the Internet and social media in disseminating misinformation. She uses wood to expose the truth on political issues, current events, and inter- and intrapersonal relationships in today's society.

 

The exhibit runs until June 4 at Altro Mondo, Arte Contemporanea, 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's website. 

 


 

Obra ni Val

UP Vargas Museum's retrospective on Carlos P. Valino, Jr. (1926-2008) presents the artist's expertise in figure drawing, historical paintings, and portraiture. Obra ni Val is a celebration of his life as a young boy from Nueva Ecija who survived the war, a Fine Arts scholar at the University of the Philippines-Diliman, and as a college professor for 33 years (with realist artists Fernando Amorsolo, Irineo Miranda, and Dominador Castañeda as some of his students).

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The exhibit runs from May 12 to June 13 at 3/F Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit UP Vargas Museum's Facebook page. 

 


 

Journey: Art: 50, Part 1: Work on Paper

Ivi Avellana-Cosio's (a.k.a. Ivi Ave) latest exhibition is a survey of her works in various media—print, watercolor, pastel, photography—throughout her 50 years in the art industry. Most of these feature her signature ethnic patterns, which are inspired from her travels across the globe.

 

The exhibit runs until May 18 at Archivo 1984 Gallery, Warehouse 1, 2135 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati. For more information, visit Archivo's website. 

 


 

Sena A-Tribute Exhibit

Sixty-nine year-old Fernando Belen Sena's life story could be great material for an MMK episode, but it's actually way better. He was born in Tondo and worked as a newsboy while studying. His talent for the arts was recognized early, which got him into free art workshops and a Fine Arts scholarship in college. Thankful for the opportunity given to him, he became a teacher and focused on depressed areas in the country as well as rehabilitation centers in Cavite and Davao City. The exhibition at Solaire features some of his latest works and art pieces by his students.

 

The exhibit runs until May 31 at The Shoppes Artway, G/F Solaire, 1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Tambo, Parañaque City. For more information, visit Solaire's website. 

 


 

•••

Aptly titled •••, this solo exhibition by Issay Rodriguez explores the silences and spaces between expressions of art and words. Her works, mostly found objects, framed works on paper, embroidered pieces, and an art installation of books, indulge in the tension between the artist and the viewer.

 

The exhibit runs until June 3 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website. 

 


 

Existence

Existence is a collaboration between textile artist Ged Merino and crochet artist Aze Ong as they do their own take on the mythology of the spider. The arachnid is often associated with creation, regarded in tales as weavers of the universe, and symbolizes resiliency in different environments. Existence likens the spider's life cycle to the emergence of life on earth.

 

The exhibit runs from May 12 to June 13 at 3/F Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, visit UP Vargas Museum's Facebook page. 

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Manara

Acclaimed artists Toym Imao and Lilianna Manahan collaborate for Ayala Museum's interactive art installation featuring Muslim Mindanao culture. Manara, an Arabic word for minaret, features 23 minarets and lanterns showcasing textiles, wood and metal work, and even music from Southern Philippines. The piece hopes to raise awareness on the diversity of the Moro culture and serve as a call for unity in this country especially in these troubled times.

 

The exhibit runs until May 30 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website. 

 

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Grazing Light

Curator Liliane "Tats" Rejante Manahan presents a comprehensive survey of Alfonso Ossorio's (1916-1990) works from 1942 to 1989. Included are some of his early drawings, assemblages of objects he called "Congregations," and other colorful abstract paintings that showcase his technique and keen interest in various media. He's best known for "Last Judgement" (a.k.a. "Angry Christ"), a striking mural at the St. Joseph the Worker Church in Negros.

 

The exhibit runs until May 12 at Leon Gallery, G/F Corinthian Plaza, 121 Paseo de Roxas corner Gamboa, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Leon Gallery's website.

 

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