10 Art Exhibits to See This May

From a showcase of the baybayin writing system to another look at the Philippines' Venice Biennale piece.

 

(SPOT.ph) May is a month-long commemoration of Labor Day through exhibits presented by our very own Filipino workers in the arts. They make us see life through a unique looking-glass and help shape a society where creative ideas strive in times of conformity. Through tradition and innovation, through the classic and the contemporary, we salute these artists who work hard for the development of our country’s cultural identity.

 

"Ukit Tagbanwa II" by Ivi Avellana-Cosio

 

Journey: Art: 50: Part IV: Baybayin

Ivi Avellana-Cosio’s voice as an artist is rooted in her profound devotion to Philippine culture. In this exhibit, Cosio presents the fourth part of her retrospective with an in-depth look at the baybayin writing system. She looks back on the history of its common ordinary usage and how ultimately, it shaped the genesis of creativity for indigenous Filipinos. This is showcased through Cosio’s ‘neo-ethnic’ series, which is reminiscent of the rich culture of various tribes such as the T’boli, Bagobo, Yakan, and Talaandig.

 

The exhibit runs until May 28 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila’s website.

 

 

 

Color Me Not

Color Me Not, a solo show by Ardie Aquino, juxtaposes the beauty of life and its hardships through works in black and white. The monochrome images may seem dull and tough, but the artist conveys a message that life is far beyond what our eyes can see and that there will always be rainbows after the rain—clichéd as it may be.

 

The exhibit runs from May 12 to 28 at Nova Gallery Manila, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces, Makati City. For more information, visit Nova Gallery’s website.

 

 

 

UP FRONT: Encountering the Sacred

In celebration of National Heritage Month, UP FRONT: Encountering the Sacred starts a discussion on heritage churches, which are considered to be some of the country's national cultural treasures. The exhibition features 40 photographs of churches around the Philippines and brings the unrecognized artisans who built them into the spotlight. It also depicts the changes these structures went through over the years as a result of rehabilitation and interventions.

 

The exhibit runs until June 9 at the White Cube Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, BSP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit MET’s website.

 

 

Portrait of Pia Wurtzbach by Ritz Marie

 

Lucid Dreaming

Ritz Marie is an editorial photographer as well as the founder and creative director or RitzMarie Creative Studio. In Lucid Dreaming, she gives viewers an intimate look into her artistic journey, using photography and painting to evoke the cross-section between reality and the imagination. Her mixed-media exhibit features none other than Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who happens to be her close friend.

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The exhibit runs until May 19 at Pineapple Lab Gallery, 6053 R. Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, visit Pineapple Lab’s website.

 

 

 

Once I Had a Vision…The Left Hand of Darkness

Maria Chevska, Leslie de Chavez, Isolde Godfrey, Bree Jonson, Michael J. Muñoz, Bernardo Pacquing, and Estelle Thompson work together to decipher what “visionary” means in the contemporary art scene. Curated by Tony Godfrey, the exhibit also features are works by a 15th-century German artist who made a hand-colored woodcut of an image of the Virgin Mary with seven swords.

 

The exhibit runs from May 12 to June 10 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, visit MO_Space’s website.

 

 

 

Counterclockwise

In Counterclockwise, artists Renz Baluyot, Bjorn Calleja, Don Djerrasi Dalmacio, Jonas Eslao, Jeffrey Jay Jarin, and Wipo study each other’s works to understand and internalize the need to create art through the perspective of their contemporaries. With the advent of established artists on the international stage, the show proves to be a crucial call for young creatives to step out of their comfort zone and pursue their passion for the arts.

 

The exhibit runs from May 11 to June 12 at Mono8 Gallery, 1335 A. Mabini Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit Mono8 Gallery’s website.

 

 

"In Good Sight" by Milmar Onal

 

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There’s calm in Milmar Onal’s minimalist art pieces, such as his abstract landscapes that communicate a sense of simplicity in visually describing places and figures. The works attempt to freeze-frame a scene in time, or a moment telling a tale with no beginning and no end. For Onal, the human mind is limitless and conveys a story of its own.

 

The exhibit runs from May 15 to 24 at Galleria Nicolas, 3/F Art Space, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Galleria Nicolas’s website.

 

 

"Migrations" by Teo Esguerra

 

Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons is a two-man mixed-media exhibit by Teo Esguerra and Denver Garza, who are both making waves in the rising local art scene. Garza’s previous works were featured at Manila FAME and South Arts Festival, while Esguerra recently closed a successful 13-piece exhibit called Migrations. Together, they create a perfect conversation between forms and figures. 

 

The exhibit runs from May 12 to 28 at Nova Gallery Manila, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces, Makati City. For more information, visit Nova Gallery’s website.

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Time Moving in All Directions

Time Moving in All Directions is a solo show by Tanya Villanueva, who majored in Painting at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts and was a recipient of the Centennial Grant for Outstanding Thesis in 2008. In her exhibit, she illustrates her struggles in finding freedom through her works, where she connects herself with consciousness, creation, and the infinite mysteries of the universe and of truth.

 

The exhibit runs until May 28 at the Upstairs Gallery, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces, Makati City. For more information, visit Finale Art File’s website.

 

 

 

Tie a String Around the World

Tie a String Around the World, which was put on show at the Venice Art Biennale in 2015, marks the country’s return to the prestigious festival after a 51-year absence. It features contemporary artists Jose Tence Ruiz and Manny Montelibano's reinterpretation of a film about Genghis Khan, created in 1950 by National Artists Manuel Conde and Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Now on display at the College of Saint Benilde, student artists also present their response to the show through two programs: An exhibition of speculative designs for the contested islands of the West Philippine Sea, and a showcase of reimagined costumes for Genghis Khan.

 

The exhibit runs from May 18 to August 4 at the 12/F Gallery of the College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit Tie a String Around the World Goes to Benilde's event page.

 

 

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