10 Art Exhibits to See This June

Our entry to the 2019 Venice Biennale is home.

(SPOT.ph) We've all witnessed the shift that the local art scene has undergone in recent years, as it has consistently gathered momentum and attracted a more mainstream audience. The question now: How do you keep that momentum going? By continuing to go out there to appreciate art, for one thing.

Here are the exhibits worth seeing this June:

The Spectre of Comparison

PHOTO BY Vincent Coscolluela
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Home from what is dubbed as the Olympics of the art world, the Philippine entry to the 2017 Venice Biennale—The Spectre of Comparison—can now be viewed at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. Featuring works of minimalist artist Lani Maestro and post-humanistic painter Manuel Ocampo, this exhibition expresses the commonalities of both artists in light of the Filipino identity—our demons of comparison.

Runs until July 20 at Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, College of Saint Benilde's School of Design and Arts, Dominga Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design’s website.

What the Light did Now

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Echoing qualities of hope and sadness through both somber and idyllic scenes, Mariano Ching’s What the Light did Now shows us a world devoid of humans, juxtaposed with mounds of what’s left. And as the light in the cabinets bathes the room with warmth, it creates an atmosphere with the question: What is hidden beneath the ruins?

Runs until June 29 at Artinformal, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.

Fear of Flying

PHOTO BY Vincent Coscolluela
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With space that reincarnates old airplane parts, Fear of Flying—a collaboration between Paco Pili and Space Encounters—sought the creative potential of an acrylic window and a turbine engine by turning them into functional armoires and ottomans, respectively. All these and more show the wonders of upcycling and the future of furniture, complemented by other exhibits like the The Warhol Show and Look at You Now and their representational, pop surrealist, and street art.

Runs until August 14 at Space Encounters Gallery, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit Space Encounters’ website.

Sometimes We Name Typhoons After Men

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In Wire Tuazon’s Sometimes We Name Typhoons After Men, knives line the galleries’ walls, almost reminiscent of the biblical scene where Moses parts the Red Sea. The artist explains that the works are a reflection on the art of painting itself: that we see our own world mirrored, and not the worlds of the past, nor of some other space or culture.

Runs until June 30 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.

Lorem Ipsum

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Coming from the jumbled Latin passages that serve as replacement or filler text when the “real” text is not available, the group exhibition Lorem Ipsum studies the significance of art as placeholders or markers of important events. It asks: How does one narrate, illustrate, visualize, document, and experience the temporary within a temporal space?

Runs until June 29 at Tin-aw Art Gallery, Upper G/F Somerset Olympia Building, Makati Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Tin-aw Art Gallery’s website.

Modes of Abstraction: A Summer Collection

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Featuring works from the 1970s, 1990s, 2000s, and the present, Modes of Abstraction: A Summer Collection showcases works from artists Augusto ‘Gus’ Albor, Alfredo Aquilizan, Jess Ayco, Joe Bautista, Felix Bacolor, and Romina Diaz. With this season’s modality in mind, this exhibit depicts abstraction in different techniques such as photography, painting, sculpture, and collage.

Runs until June 27 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, visit Galleria Duemila’s website.

Unravelling Bettina: Figuration Now

"Na-Pollock II" by Toti Cerda
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Guided by the history of art—from prehistoric cave paintings to Cezanne, Goya, Pollock, and Daumier—Unraveling Bettina: Figuration Now is a group exhibition that dwells on the study and celebration of the human body. Among the featured artists at Arte Bettina's inaurgural show are De Juras, Toti Cerda, Darby Alcoseba, Ricky Ambagan, Cezar Arro, and Josue Mangrobang—all of whom offer different perspectives on painting. 

Runs until June 30 at Arte Bettina, 3/F Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit follow Arte Bettina on Facebook.

Assembly

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Assembly is inspired by Gestalt principles, which are rules that describe how the human eye perceives visual elements such as proximity, similarity, continuity, closure, and connectedness. The group exhibition, curated by Gwen Bautista, tackles putting things together—physically or not. The works inform us of how we see objects by grouping together similar elements and patterns, and in turn, seeing the entirety rather than the parts that make them.

Runs until July 3 at Galerie Roberto, Molito Commercial Complex, Madrigal Avenue corner Alabang-Zapote Road, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. For more information, follow Galerie Roberto on Facebook.

Halo-Halo-Mix-Mix

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A 17-piece black-and-white photography exhibition, Ryan Arbilo’s Halo-Halo-Mix-Mix features portraits of mixed-race families taken in seven different cities of Italy. With the aim to create awareness and understanding of the notion of globalization in a nation with mixed-race relations, culture, language, and upbringing, the exhibition shows that each family portrait (and as a result, each family) has its own story to tell.

Runs until June 22 at Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Yuchengco Museum's website.

Flux

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Known for her intricate, handcrafted clutches and jewelry pieces, designer Bea Valdes’ Flux presents a large scale, feather-like installation—creating an immersive sensorial space. The work is suspended in mid-air, allowing the stitches to be observed as an ode to the process and deconstruction of the very medium itself.

Runs until July 6 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

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