10 Art Exhibits to See This June

From classic paintings to miniature robots.


(SPOT.ph) Visual art is one of the most interesting disciplines in the world. Artists can use anything and everything they find around them to create symbolisms that convey and suggest a multitude of messages. This month, we see artworks in various forms, from the traditional woodblock print to an interactive piece made of robots. All these present stories from around the world, through time, and across civilizations.



Manga Hokusai Manga: Approaching the Master’s Compendium from the Perspective of Contemporary Comics

If you love manga, then Ateneo Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition will level up your geek game. Manga Hokusai Manga puts the spotlight on Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai known for the woodblock print titled “The Great Wave” (1832). It surveys how Hokusai's life and legacy became a source of inspiration for contemporary manga artists.


The exhibit runs from June 17 to 28 at Ateneo Art Gallery, 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.




Crimson Hotel strengthens its support for the local arts through the Hiraya Art Exhibit. It features artists who hail from the south side of the Metro, including JJ Duque, Beatrix Syjuco, Michelline Syjuco, and more. Hiraya was made possible through a partnership with the art festival Art in the South held last April.


The exhibit runs from June 7 to July 2 at The Gallery, Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Entrata Urban Complex, 2609 Civic Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For more information, visit Art in the South's Facebook page.



Artwork by Hannah Pettyjohn


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Filipino-American artist Hanna Pettyjohn brings a narrative of works to Silverlens, inspired by earlier shows in 2006 and 2015. The previous shows used different materials, such as clay poured on ground, paintings, and blankets to show themes of natural cycle and landscapes. This time, she explores imprimatura to suggest various perspectives of looking at a canvas, unglazed clay sculptures, and flattened coils.


The exhibit runs from June 7 to July 8 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.



Viral Automata

Fine Arts Cum Laude Ian Carlo Jaucian presents an interactive exhibition that connects his interest in science and robotics to his passion for the arts. Viral Automata showcases robotic objects that move through a series of codes infused with various computer viruses. It reflects on the principle of chaos and humanity's free will.


The exhibit runs until June 27 at 1335MABINI, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit 1335MABINI's website.



Open Index

Artists Jeffrey Jay Jarin, Jacob Lindo, and Isabel Santos join forces to draw out the meaning of symbolism at a time when we probably need it most. Jarin's paintings are filled with interior spaces, Lindo's pieces are filled with anthropomorphic characters, and Santos' works look into reconstructing forgotten histories.


The exhibit runs until June 27 Artery Art Space, 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery's Facebook page.



Your Personality is Your Worst Enemy

Lindsey James Lee, two-time finalist at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' National Art Contest, explores the theme of contradiction and the idea of finding wit in an otherwise mundane life. He uses various media, from the traditional canvas to the taxidermy chicken, to be both simple and outrageous.



The exhibit runs until July 29 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website.



In Search of Lost Time (with Apologies to Marcel Proust)

Norberto Roldan's solo show references Marcel Proust’s six-volume novel translated in English as In Search of Lost Time (a.k.a. Remembrance of Things Past). The exhibit, much like the book, reflects on the nature of time, remembering, and what the novelist referred to as "involuntary memory." Roldan adds his examination of discrepancies in memory because of generational, historical, and technological differences.


The exhibit runs until June 25 at MO_Space, 3/F MOs Design, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space's website.



Shared Coordinates

The collaboration between Silverlens and Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong/Shanghai) brings an exhibition of three foreign artists to Manila. The show presents French illustrator Fabien Mérelle known for his detailed drawings in black ink, American painter Jeremy Everett famous for smoke pigment painting, and French conceptual artist Laurent Grasso known for works that relate the arts to scientific phenomena like electromagnetic energy and radio waves. They will be joined by homegrown artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio who represented the country at Singapore Biennale 2016.


The exhibit runs from June 7 to July 8 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.



Future's Past

For the first time in Asia, photographer Sven Marquardt brings to the country a collection of black and white portraits taken in a span of 30 years. It presents an intimate narrative of the life of Berlin locals, especially the connection between the future and the past in Germany's industrial spaces.



The exhibit runs from June 30 to August 11 at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum's website.


“Toyrider” by Everyware


Moving Korea

Moving Korea, an interactive exhibit, features 18 artworks of nine contemporary artists from Korea. The roster includes Kim Dong-Ho's little ladybug-like electronic objects that activate according to a viewer's movement called "Lightning Bug." There's also Everyware's "Toyrider," a toy village made of Lego blocks that shows different illusions.


The exhibit runs from June 8 to July 14 at Korean Cultural Center Exhibit Hall, 2/F Mancor Corporate Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit Korean Cultural Center's Facebook page.


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