This Group Exhibit Features Artwork by John Lloyd Cruz

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( Controversial as he may be, John Lloyd Cruz never fails to surprise us. On September 23, Underground Gallery at Makati Cinema Square opened Ingress/Egress—a group show featuring the works of 19 artists, including a mixed media installation by the actor. Ellen Adarna, who's currently making headlines with Cruz, was also spotted during the exhibit launch.



Working under the name Idan Cruz, his works feature a video installation and a collection of photographs that he took. The video piece is mounted overhead and so to watch it, the viewer must look up in the same way that American artist James Turrell’s Skyspaces must be viewed.



Artwork by Idan Cruz


Meanwhile, his photographs portray the ordinary things that happen to the actor on a regular basis. One of them shows a parade of cameras and media reporters—perhaps a photo that Cruz took in one of his many press conferences. It gives a glimpse on the other side of fame that many celebrities like him experience. If you follow the actor's Instagram account, then you know that he has a habit of posting photos of the mundane captured in an unusual angle.


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Artwork by Poklong Añading


This is not his first foray in the Manila art scene. Aside from being an avid art collector, Cruz has built friendships with local artists—including Romeo Lee who once painted a portrait of the actor and took him under his wing.




Joining Cruz in Ingress/Egress are award-winning contemporary artists including Carina Santos, Gail Vicente, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Gino Javier, Isabel Santos, Jed Escueta, Kawayan de Guia, Lena Cobangbang, Luigi Singson, Luis Santos, Jeona Zoleta, MM Yu, Neo Maestro, Paul Mondok, Poklong Anading, Robert Langenegger, and Romeo Lee.


Ingress/Egress runs until October 14 at Underground Gallery, 2/F Makati Cinema Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City.


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