10 Art Exhibits to See This November

From a peculiar perspective of FPJ films to a look at CCP's Thirteen Artists Awards exhibit.

(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 in art than checking out a wide range of exhibits? For this month, we look at works of accomplished art figures through the eyes of contemporary artists, as well as exhibitions curated with the aim of fostering and ushering in new forms of art in the digital age.

V. Coching: Komiks at Kultura

Made in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and Arts, Ayala Museum is carrying out a tribute exhibition for National Artist and comics legend, Francisco V. Coching. The show features original plates of covers, first-issue spreads, character studies, illustrations and scaled, re-colored reproductions of the artist’s most popular works. A prolific figure in the comics industry, Coching is recognized as the Dean of Philippine Illustration and has produced over 63 titles with 51 film adaptations. Among his many works were Pedro Penduko, Sabas: Ang Barbaro, and El Indio.

The exhibit runs until February 3, 2019 at the Ayala Museum, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. For more information, visit Ayala Museum's website.

Slowly, Surely: A Solo Exhibit

Fitz Herrera’s recent abstract collection centers on the idea that small steps can leave a big impact on our lives and that one shouldn’t take shortcuts nor rush headlong into things. Titled Slowly, Surely, the show is an ode to how the artist treats the canvas as more than just a medium for self-expression, but also as a way to connect to people and affect them positively—a constant theme that underpins all of his works. Black walls and neutral mid-century modern furniture pieces at Space Encounters Gallery provide a contrasting backdrop to Herrera’s signature thick globs of paint on a colorful canvas.

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The exhibit runs until November 16 at Space Encounters Gallery, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, follow Space Encounters Gallery on Facebook.

And the World Thickens with Texture Instead of History

In And the World Thickens with Texture Instead of History, Christian Tablazon looks at the foreground rather than the subject in the greater scheme of things. His solo show is a collection of video and mixed media installations that explore found landscapes, mise-en-scène curios, and swatches of grain and patina from the films of cultural icon Fernando Poe Jr. Most of them are work extracted from pirated FPJ movies to deconstruct notions of cinematic presence and explore the paradoxical role of the video-piracy industry as a mode of commemoration and archive.

The exhibit runs from November 8 to 29 at NCCA Gallery, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. For more information, visit NCCA’s website.

Equivalent/s

Equivalent/s brings together the works of Frank Callaghan, Corinne de San Jose, Teo Esguerra, Issay Rodriguez, and MM Yu in a photography group show curated by Rachel Rillo. In this exhibition, the artists reimagined Alfred Stieglitz’s Equivalent, a series of photographs of clouds taken from 1925 to 1934. Stieglitz’s works are generally recognized as the first photographs intended to free the subject matter from literal interpretation, making them some of the first completely abstract photographic works of art.

The exhibit runs until November 17 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

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ctrl +p

Beejay Esber’s ctrl +p explores the daily rhythms of the digital age and machine-like processes found in today’s production through visual images. He also questions the space and place of man’s will, choice, and control from the point of view of one who runs the cyberworld and another who merely accepts the changes in this world of machines.

The exhibit runs from November 10 to December 9 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, follow MO_Space on Facebook.

Continuing Spirit: Alfredo Esquillo

"Temptation of Sane Eski" by Alfredo Esquillo (2012) Courtesy of Ateneo Art Gallery

Continuing Spirit: Alfredo Esquillo is a 25-year retrospective that gathers 37 of Esquillo’s major works—from depictions of social, historical, and communal identities to his enduring fascination with religious symbolism and iconography. Apart from winning paintings from national and international competitions, the exhibit, which was curated by Renato Habulan, also features the artist’s creative experiments, including canvases woven together into mat patterns and face cut-outs of archival photos.

The exhibit runs from November 18 to January 20, 2019 at the Alicia P. Lorenzo Gallery, Elizabeth Gokongwei Gallery, and Ambeth R. Ocampo Gallery, 3/F Ateneo Art Gallery, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery's website.

Levels/Layers

In Levels/Layers, multimedia artist Jacob Lindo scrutinizes the artistic approaches he used in his past works. This is in pursuit of questioning what artistic language he would use, should he choose to pursue a different creative path. According to Lindo, this existential monologue is crucial to understanding his own art process, “considering there is a big difference on how I think and create back then.”

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The exhibit runs from November 10 to December 9 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, B2 Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, follow MO_Space on Facebook.

XT > < LX

Ayesha Sultana Studies
PHOTO BY RJ Camacho
Courtesy of Bellas Artes Outpost

XT > < LX is a group exhibition by Rana Begum, Nabil Rahman, and Ayesha Sultana that hopes to bridge the bond between art and architecture. The exhibit’s inspiration draws from the artists’ residency in Bataan where they collaborated with the artisans at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to create abstract expressions of their emotional engagement with the physical landscape of the Philippines by experimenting with available industrial and building materials.

The exhibit runs until January 5, 2019 at Bellas Artes Outpost, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Bellas Artes Outpost's website.

We…human body

We…human body is a solo exhibition by French photographer and current 1335Mabini artist-in-residence Annabelle Muñoz-Rio. She is a visual artist who uses different art techniques to arrive at a photographic work staged through drawing, painting, and engraving.

The exhibit runs until November 28 at Alliance française de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City. For more information, follow Alliance française de Manille on Facebook.

Thirteen Artists Awards 2018

The Thirteen Artists Awards is a then-biennial, and now triennial event, founded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1970 to give recognition to exemplary artists in the field of contemporary visual art. The works and artistry of this year’s awardees, which includes dancer Eisa Jocson, performance artist Bea Camacho, filmmaker Shireen Seno, photographer Carlo Gabuco, and multimedia artists Zeus Bascon, Cian Dayrit, Janos dela Cruz, Dina Gadia, Guerrero Habulan, Russel H. Trinidad a.k.a Doktor Karayom, Raffy Napay, Archie Oclos, and Lynyrd Paras, are on view in an exhibition curated by Art Association of the Philippines critic-awardee Ronald Achacoso at various venues within the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

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The exhibit runs until December 23 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP's website.

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