10 Art Exhibits to See This September

Know more of your self and your country through art.

 

(SPOT.ph) Life in the Philippines is as tumultuous as ever, and for most artists, it’s important that we say something about it—even through video games. But to do that, we dwell in introspection and retrospection, if only to muster enough courage to challenge the system. For this month’s lineup, we look at the works of artists who use art to find themselves once again in these restless times.

 

 

Games and Politics

Just how much can video games teach us about politics, human rights, and other social issues? Games and Politics, an interactive exhibition by the Goethe-Institut and German cultural institution ZKM | Center for Art and Media, proves that games are always more than just games. It lets you play 18 interactive programs that all raise awareness about migration problems, gender issues, and power play. Maybe the grownups can learn a thing or two from it.

 

The exhibit runs until October 21 at Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, follow Areté on Facebook.

 

 

Lahi ni Haliya

Haliya is a moon deity in pre-colonial Bicol. Also a war goddess, she is believed to be the nemesis of the Bakunawa, a powerful sea serpent that devours the moon. Lahi ni Haliya channels the strength of Haliya through artworks that explore local perspectives on feminism. Artists include Flor Baradi, Connie Cabalar, Tessa Diamse, Maria Candida Flores, Maryrose Gisbert, Inka Madera, Tisa Pallarca-Uy, Vida Verzosa, and Inna Naatep Vitasa.

 

The exhibit runs from September 23 to October 21 at Sining Kamalig, Upper Ground Floor, Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Quezon City. For more information, follow Sining Kamalig on Facebook.

"Phaelenopsis" by Karen Sison

 

Bathed in Light

Karen Sison, a graduate of Interior Design from the University of the Philippines, reimagines her own Garden of Eden through watercolor renderings of tropical plants. With mastery in impressionist realism, she paints in detail images of a single red hibiscus, a branch of cotton fruit, and bougainvillea. Think of it as stopping to smell—or see—the flowers.

 

The exhibit runs from September 23 to March 13, 2018 at Ricco Renzo Gallery, Suite 206, LRI Design Plaza, 210 N. Garcia Street, Bel Air 2, Makati City. For more information, follow Ricco Renzo Gallery on Facebook.

"The Whole World Would Not Be Moved By Itself But By Its Part" (After Ling Quisumbing) by Elaine Navas

 

Nothing Moves Itself

Elaine Navas' solo show reminds us of the continuous ebb and flow of the sea through paintings of photographs captured by Ling Quisumbing in her travels from Mindoro to Manila. See the canvases filled with various hues of blue with strokes seemingly moving in the Big Room.

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The exhibit runs until October 7 at Art Informal, 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Art Informal's website.

 

Wonder

In Wonder, Mark Andy Garcia breaks away from his usual style—the pieces are larger, the paint thicker, the colors fiercer. It evokes the sense of wonder that happens when standing in front of a beautiful landscape. It also ponders on the sentiments of a man who starts to look inward while experiencing the exhilaration and transcendence that go with such awe.

 

The exhibit runs from September 21 to October 21 at Silverlens, Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.

 

Shades and Sounds of Bangladesh

Students from the College of St. Benilde – School of Design and Arts partner with the Embassy of Bangladesh to bring a collection of paintings and tapestries by Bengali artists to Manila. One of the most notable pieces is Nakshi Kantha, a type of embroidered quilt which is the result of a centuries-old tradition in Bangladesh.

 

The exhibit runs until September 26 at 6/F School of Design and Arts, College of St. Benilde, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, follow Benilde's Arts & Culture Cluster on Facebook.

 

Bernardo Pacquing's Solo Show

Silverlens celebrates Bernardo Pacquing’s 50th birthday through a landmark exhibition that showcases his practice of using found materials—from salvaged metal to bound books—to illustrate his signature theme of deconstructing memories. One of the must-see pieces references the Kalungaya tribe’s Cañao ritual involving animal sacrifice. Similar to how a pig's chest is slit open, he shows the act of inserting a foreign object into an animal's flesh through a large-scale assemblage painting.

 

The exhibit runs from September 21 to October 21 at Silverlens, Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens' website.

 

Homecoming: Works from Dumangas

Abstractionist Rock Drilon is known for his large canvases with entangled lines and bold colors. For Homecoming: Works from Dumangas, he returns to his studio in his hometown—Dumangas, Iloilo—to go through some serious introspection on his style and state as an artist.

 

The exhibit runs until September 30 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila's website.

"Ground Zero" by Cris Villanueva Jr.

 

Where None is the Number

Cris Villanueva Jr. takes a different approach to a solo exhibition by simulating a group show that has different styles and media coming together in one room. He tries to weave together these differences by finding common threads of aspiration and disappointment—things that we all experience.

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The exhibit runs until October 7 at Art Informal, 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Art Informal's website.

 

The Valley

The Valley, an exhibit by French artist Pierre de Vallombreuse, features 81 black-and-white photographs and more than 100 digital photos that document the life of the Tau't Batu, an ethnolinguistic group from the Signapan Valley in Palawan. It is part of his bigger project called Hommes Racines (The Roots People), for which he traveled to different parts of the globe to photograph different minorities. 

 

The exhibit runs until February 4, 2018 at the Old Senate Hall, National Museum of the Philippines, P. Burgos Avenue, Manila. For more information, follow Alliance Française de Manille on Facebook.

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