10 Art Exhibits to See This June

From Philippine social realist art to works depicting historical imagery.

 

(SPOT.ph) The local art scene has seen a definite shift in recent years, consistently gathering momentum and attracting a more mainstream audience that, while still inchoate, has plenty of possibility. What better way to cultivate that than through a regular helping of art? Here's this month's selection of exhibits worth seeing.

 

Bring Home the Bacon

Bring Home the Bacon centers on the flawed realities of the Philippine and American societies as told by artist Gig de Pio. His personal narrative dealing with his struggles as an immigrant is depicted through large-scale and dramatic murals like "Tilting the Basin."

 

The exhibit runs until June 30 at NCCA Gallery in 633 Gen. Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit NCCA Gallery’s website.

 

Radio Waves

Tragic incidents like fire are sometimes seen as ominous—interpreted as a sign that's dependent on culture and context. In Radio Waves, artists Tiffany Lefauente, Ev Yu, and Faye Pamintuan dwell on this notion of "everyday accidents" of being more than a series unfortunate events, but simply caused by the most ordinary missteps. Questions on fate, circumstance, accidents are also further explored.

 

The exhibit runs until June 30 at Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery, 2241 Pasillo 18, La Fuerza Compound 1, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Vinyl on Vinyl's website.

 

Baby Girl

Following her big art installation at Art in the Park in April, Athela B. Tamoria (a.k.a. Tekla) is back with a solo show that showcases her mastery in her chosen medium: Wearable paper art. Baby Girl X presents two paper gowns that took four years to finish—"while waiting for meetings, riding in jeeps, binge-watching TV shows, and basically hanging out," an exhibit note by Kaye O'Yek says. The floor-length dresses, with carefully creased spikes and craftily smoothened pyramids and triangles, defy paper's characteristic stiffness and—instead—boasts graceful drapes.

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The exhibit runs until June 20 at Kaida Contemporary, 45 Scout Madriñan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. For more information, follow Kaida Contemporary on Facebook.

 

Glimpsing Terra Firma

Veteran visual artist Raul Isidro debuts his latest collection of poetic landscape abstractions at Galerie Stephanie with Glimpsing Terra Firma. Isidro was widely known in the 1960s for bringing to life nature’s shapes and silhouettes, with personal inspiration from his childhood in Calbayog, Samar. To date, he is one of the most distinguished artists in the country despite a past of fighting poverty—a struggle many young artists still face today.

 

The exhibit runs until June 21 at the Galerie Stephanie, 4/F Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Galerie Stephanie’s website.

 

Sounds fading, distant. Sounds distant, muted.

Luis Antonio Santos, grandchild of award-winning cartoonist and illustrator Mauro “Malang” Santos, presents his third solo show with the Silverlens. In Sounds fading, distant. Sounds distant, muted., he showcases artistic experimentation of weaving wire fence patterns on silkscreens and canvas. Luis is also famous for his monochromatic and photorealistic paintings of unconventional subjects, excavating images from art history.

 

The exhibit runs until June 30 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

 

Constructed by Chance

In Constructed by Chance, Gene Paul Martin highlights the day-to-day scenarios on the streets of Manila—an honest and raw representation of the Philippines as a Third World country. The artist takes inspiration from the location of his studio and residence in Quezon City’s Project 8, one of the first residential subdivisions built in the sprawling city after the WWII.

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The exhibit runs until June 30 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

 

The hand, the secretary, a landscape

Lesley-Anne Cao’s The hand, the secretary, a landscape explores our sense of touch and how texture and weight can disillusion us from what we see. She also dwells on the question of identity and location, calling to mind the mystery of Schrödinger's Cat: Do we need to locate these objects in order to know something about where and what they are?

 

The exhibit runs until July 22 at the Bulwagang Fernando Amorsolo (Small Gallery), 4/F Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website.

 

Tirada: 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking 1968-2018

The medium of print has constantly shifted in Philippine art history from the contexts of cartography to catechism, from commentary to modern and contemporary art. The exhibit at the Cultural Center marks the 50th year of the Printmakers Association of the Philippines. Tirada, which was derived from a term used by printmakers that means “to hit or to pull off or remove a piece of work in a series of multiples,” honors the achievements of printmakers for their support to the arts.

 

The exhibit runs until July 15 at Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino, and Pasilyo Vicente Manansala of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website.

 

INDISTINCT: Photography and Mixed Media Works

Photographer and visual artist Sven Pfrommer is an observer and an experienced traveler. His artworks often begin with photographs taken on his journeys, transformed with different paint and mixed media techniques. In Indistinct, he shows a range of works from his “Human Blur” series, selected works from his “Abstract Landscape” series, and a portrait photo installation.

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The exhibit runs from June 15 to 28 at ArtistSpace, 5/F Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De la Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.

 

Dekada Sitenta 

Dekada Sitenta is a group show that relives some of the most iconic art pieces from the ‘70s. Featuring no less than the works of Filipino art advocates Raul Isidro, Lydia Velasco, Cid Reyes, Bueno Silva, and Ivi Cosio among others, the exhibit looks back not only on the local art scene back in the days, but also to a significant part of our history and democracy.

 

The exhibit runs until June 22 at the Saturday Group Gallery, 4/F Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. For more information, visit Saturday Group Gallery’s website.

 

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