10 Art Exhibits to See This August
From photo essays to stories of art.
(SPOT.ph) The local art scene has seen a definite shift in recent years, consistently gathering momentum and attracting a more mainstream audience. What better way to celebrate this newfound interest for art than checking out a wide range of exhibits? For this month, we explore diverse art forms and engage with artists in various art disciplines.
we will have been young
we will have been young looks at the works of 12 photographers from the Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass. The artists all met for a workshop to produce photographic essays under the mentorship of two renowned German photographers, Jörg Brüggemann and Tobias Kruse of the Ostkreuz Photographer's Agency in Berlin. In this exhibit, they look into themes surrounding the youth and the future, specifically how immortality and long-lasting memory can be achieved through photographs.
The exhibit runs until August 25 at Mabini Projects, A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit 1335 Mabini’s website.
Ties of History: Art in Southeast Asia
Held in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Ties of History features 10 artists who represent each member state. Its name is taken from a document signed by the organization’s founding members on August 8, 1967, which describes the ASEAN as a “region already bound together by ties of history and culture.” Aside from a survey of contemporary art in Southeast Asia, it also showcases the heritage that binds the region together.
The exhibit runs from August 8 to October 6 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila; Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City; and Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Senator Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ website.
The Tiny Show
The Tiny Show explores how artists define their style through tiny works. It also showcases their versatility by pushing them out of their comfort zones and effortlessly creating awe-inspiring, minuscule artworks you can only see through a magnifying glass.
The exhibit runs until August 4 at Prism Gallery, Salcedo Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City. For more information, follow Prism Gallery on Facebook.
Moving House: Unpacking a Life of Critical Art
Moving House is a personal project of conceptual artist and professor Judy Freya Sibayan. She recently turned 65, sold her home of 12 years, and now needs to move her books and art collection. It is only apt that she temporarily moves into Calle Wright, an old house transformed into an art gallery. It is here where she will deal with the overwhelming art-related collections she has acquired all her life, as well dwell on the realities of power inequities in the production of art.
The exhibit runs from August 3 to November 11 at the Calle Wright Art House, 1890 Vasquez Street, Malate, Manila. For more information, visit Calle Wright’s website.
Hybrid Interplay is an exhibit by visual artist Ricky Montilla that explores the mundane and often ignored beauty found in nature. It displays all the colors and movement that can be seen through the artist’s unique art styles—realism and impressionism, and his fondness of natural elements such as flowers, landscapes, and koi.
The exhibit runs from August 1 to 14 at ArtistSpace, Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.
Recent Works: Glory Days
In Glory Days, we look at the past works of Jucar Raquepo—a landscape artist most acclaimed for his skills in appropriating pop art with surrealist overtones. His impressionistic depictions of Philippine tourism sites as seen in his postcard-like paintings tug deep within the roots of Filipino life and social intercourse.
The exhibit runs from August 4 to 11 at Nova Gallery Manila, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Nova Gallery's website.
Balik-Loob revisits Alfredo Esquillo's mastery in the medium of oil-on-paper, which he methodically began exploring in the beginning of the millennium. Characterized by a monochromatic luminosity, his works showcase the Philippine social landscape through cultural paradoxes and highly symbolic visual language.
The exhibit runs from August 11 to September 8 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.
Impermanence, a mixed-media exhibit by Dumaguete-based artist Hersley Casero, features the marriage of two of his previous shows: Sanctuary, which chronicled his fascination with nature; and Maong (or denim) where he explored the use of the modern and resilient material as an artistic medium. With this exhibit, he combined these two distinct art identities to capture the vastness of the universe in fleeting moments.
The exhibit runs from August 2 to 30 at Space Encounters, Unit 7D, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit Space Encounters Gallery’s website.
Linescapes: Aestheticizing Chaos of Urban Infrastructure
In Linescapes, illustrator and graphic designer Annie Pacaña Lumbao explores the layers of meanings hidden within the city’s infrastructure through an artistic master plan inspired by her personal journeys around the capital. She puts the city in 2D through photography and drawing, and sets it into motion through digital media.
The exhibit runs until August 11 at Bulwagan ng Dangal University Heritage Museum, Apacible Street corner Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines - Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, follow Bulwagan ng Dangal on Facebook.
Historia: Stories of Art
To celebrate BPI Foundation’s 40th year, the Bank of the Philippine Islands partnered with the Ayala Museum in showcasing pieces from the financial institution’s massive art collection. Historia looks back on the collective memory of the Filipino nation through paintings by Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, and other artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The works also highlight the bank’s values of harmony, abundance, and resiliency vis-à-vis Filipino traditions.
The exhibit runs until August 12 at Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner Dela Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum’s website.