10 Art Exhibits to See This August

Rediscover different sides of Manila.

 

(SPOT.ph) Visual art can be perceived in two ways—as a form of expression and a form of communication. Whether an artist delves into the past, present, or future, there is always an underlying message for its audience to see and understand. This month, we are presented with an exhibit lineup involving art as an advocacy and social commentary, a review of history, and simply, a play on lights and colors turned into something so magnificent.

 

 

MANILA: Hidden in Plain Sight

Discover Manila’s urban landscape through the works of contemporary artists Manix Abrera, Tad Ermitano, Dina Gadia, Cocoy Lumbao, Leeroy New, Issay Rodriguez, Denise Weldon, and MM Yu in MANILA: Hidden in Plain Sight. See how the city grows and decays over time from these selected pieces from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.

 

The traveling exhibit is expected to visit three selected schools in Metro Manila, namely Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Universidad de Manila, and Manila High School in September and October.

 

The exhibit runs until August 26 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. For more details, visit MET’s website.

 

 

Living Spaces: Hyperreal Estate and the Architecture of Dispossession

Focusing on the global housing crisis where spaces are built mainly as commodities instead of homes, Living Spaces discusses the current condominium boom and the prevalence of shared space in Southeast Asia. The exhibition curated by Alice Sarmiento is part of Condition Report, a series of contemporary art shows organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center, and features works by Marla Darwin, Grid, Make Believe, Indy Paredes, and Miti Ruangkritya. There will be talks from urban-poor group KADAMAY, University of the Philippines professor Chester Arcilla, copywriter Anina Abola, and interior designer Tess Quevedo.

 

The exhibit runs until August 20 at Vetro, 135 Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City. For more information, visit Vetro’s website.

 

 

Search/Light

Manila-based artist Frank Callaghan won in the prestigious Ateneo Art Awards in 2014 for his show, Dead Ends. In the Search/Light series, the artist—known for his urban nighttime photographs—includes 17 spectacular images featuring his signature play of light and darkness in-betweens.

 

The exhibit runs from August 17 to September 16 at Silverlens Galleries, Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

 

"Spectacular Little Trappings (Between Two Sculptures)" by Dina Gadia

 

Fresh Cut, New Blood

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Fresh Cut, New Blood revisits an artistic method of instruction influenced by the late Filipino artist Roberto “Bobby” Rodriguez Chabet through a set of collages by next-generation artists Jan Balquin, Dina Gadia, Jacob Lindo, Carina Santos, and Jel Suarez. Curated by Gary Ross-Pastrana, the exhibit shows how they find this painstaking process liberating rather than limiting.

 

The exhibit runs until September 3 at MO_Space 3/F, MOS_Design Building, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit their MO_Space's website.

 

 

Despite my being _______; Life does not end in a period "."

A timely nudge to increase mental health awareness, Sining Kamalig celebrates its second year with a show titled Despite my being _______; Life does not end in a period "." It aims to help out Boxless Society, a support group for artists with mental illness and their caregivers.

 

With works from Cesar Lampong, Darlene Turla, Dina Capute Cagaanan, Elaine de Guzman, Eliza “Z” Fontanilla D., JA Turla, Jayson Narvaez, Jessica Antonio, Kates Ante, Mimi, and tisa_arte_de_t, the exhibit allows viewers to get a sneak peek of the artists’ inner thoughts.

 

The exhibit runs from August 12 to September 12 at Sining Kamalig, Upper Ground Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City. For more information, visit Sining Kamalig’s Facebook page.

 

Portrait of Filomena Asuncion Villafranca by Justiniano Asuncion

 

Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy

Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy features paintings, illustrations, and sculptures by 19th Century Filipino artists and brothers Justiniano, Leoncio, and Mariano Asuncion. The exhibit includes memorabilia meant to recall how art has kept the Asuncions a closely knit clan.

 

The exhibit runs from August 8 to January 14, 2018 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.

 

"Blood Moon" by Hadrian Mendoza

 

A Drop of Red

Studio potter and kiln-builder Hadrian Mendoza sees red as a form of social commentary on current events and the cycle of life and death in A Drop of Red. Some pieces on view are “Pusher,” an installation that shows the cycle of nature mixed with the intervention of the government’s war on drugs, and “Blood Moon,” a 28-square slip wall piece that features ox blood red glaze with porcelain slip wall and the artist’s penchant for the moon as a subject.

 

The exhibit runs until August 31 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila’s website.

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"Civil Twilight" by Jem Magbanua

 

Inner Weather

Visual artist and illustrator Jem Magbanua’s Inner Weather reflects on the poetics of space, predominantly presented in the color blue, representing boundless human imagination and frontier spirit. She is known for exploring the nature of place, of human beings in place, and of the structures—organic and artificial—that shape human nature.

 

The exhibit runs until August 19 at Artery Art Space, 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City. For more information, visit Artery’s Facebook page.

 

 

Almost Not

Eric Zamuco’s fourth show with Silverlens and his latest solo exhibition Almost Not reimagines military field gurney stretchers by giving new meaning to the object and its context. Through various lights, sounds, and videos, each piece of work will breathe new life into the gurney stretcher—portraying comfort rather than death.

 

The exhibit runs from August 17 to September 16 at Silverlens Galleries, Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

 

 

What Do I Say to A Giant

The Lopez Museum and Library reintroduces National Artist for Literature Nick Joaquin as his famous nom de plume—Quijano de Manila. What Do I Say to A Giant honors his contributions in Philippine literature and journalism, alongside works of multi-disciplinary artist Marc Gaba and makers of local zine Teaching Exhibitions. The exhibit is curated by Thea Garing.

 

The exhibit runs from August 21 to November 29 at The Lopez Museum and Library, G/F Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit The Lopez Museum’s website.

 

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