10 Art Exhibits to See This August

From exploring the weight of paper to looking at anting-anting.

(SPOT.ph) We've all witnessed the shift 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 August:

54 Gal

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In Monica Delgado’s 54 Gal, paint takes on the role of the subject rather than the medium. Fifty-four gallons of colorful acrylic become sculptural masterpieces through tedious processes of drying, layering, and draping. The output is then given meaning as soon as observers acknowledge and explore their presence. 

Runs from August 10 to September 17 at Artinformal Makati, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit ArtInformal’s website.

Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15

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Scenes Reclaimed: CCP 50 x Cinemalaya 15 traces the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ participation in the development of Philippine cinema over the past five decades. This includes the reclamation of freedom and identity post-Marcos, distancing from elitism brought about by the Imeldific mantra "true, good, and beautiful," and the establishment of forums on independent cinema like FreeFest and Cinema Rehiyon. The event runs parallel to the 15th founding anniversary of nationwide independent film festival Cinemalaya, with one of the sections in the exhibit dedicated to a study of the annual Cinemalaya Film Congress.

Runs until September 24 at Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website.

Mind Over Matter

Artwork by Yel Cast
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Abstract artists Dennis de Jesus, Dennis Morante, John Tronco, Josep Pascual, and Yel Cast come together to inspire curiosity and go beyond the limits of our physical environment. This painting exhibition explores how a meditative state of mind keeps us calm amid this challenging world and how willpower can influence people in going beyond their physical capabilities.

Runs until August 15 at 3/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA corner Ortigas Avenue, Ortigas, Quezon City. For more information, visit Robinsons Malls’ website.

Bare Necessities

"Native Song" by Santiago Bose
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Bare Necessities is the first installment of the exhibition series dedicated to art theorist and indigenous cultures advocate Santiago Bose titled Santiago Bose: Painter, Magician. It is divided into seven sections which highlight the artist’s wide range of works and proof of extensive practice. This installment zooms in on Bose's language and beliefs as an artist, from abstractions that reflect his stance on colonialism to everyday drawings that show how art is always affected by context. "The artist articulates the Filipino subconscious so that we may be able to show a true picture of ourselves and our world," he once said. 

Runs from August 17 to September 14 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens’ website.

More light than heat

"Table with Soot" by Lao Lianben
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In More light than heat, Lesley-Anne Cao and Lao Lianben play with the nature of ambiguity when presented with different perspectives. Cao, through a video installation featuring metals and portals, explores how objects are transformed depending on who looks at them, how they’re looked at, and how they’re presented. Lao, on the other hand, shows a painting that was made instinctively—by letting his brush run free.

Runs until October 27 at Calle Wright Art House, 1890 Vasquez Street, Malate, Manila City. For more information, visit Calle Wright’s website.

Paper Weight

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Paper Weight tackles how each of the 14 exhibit artists relate their own experiences to paper. It doesn’t necessarily use paper as artistic material, but rather focuses on how paper is defined in relation to its function and power. It also explores the meanings of the Filipino word “papel,”which could either mean paper as a material or role.

Runs until August 12 at 1159 Don Chino Roces Avenue, San Antonio Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo's website.

Brut Force

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Brut Force showcases Richard Buxani's mastery of metal sculptures, which one would expect to be plain and muted, but are really screaming with loud colors courtesy of the artist. "It is a complete departure for me as an artist, since I am more known for muted colors rather than screaming ones. The challenge is to keep my identity in the artworks while being able to explore," he said in Brut Force's exhibit notes. He also marries three design movements—mid-century modern, Bauhaus, and Brutalist—in this show that complements Space Encounter's display of mid-century furniture pieces.

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 Gallery’s website.

Correlate

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For most mathematicians and philosophers, the circle is the most perfect of all geometric shapes. Theologians, on the other hand, believe it to be supernatural or divine. In Chinese art, it often represents the union between heaven and earth. The significance of the circle in Angel Ulama’s works, however, is simply connecting a beginning to an end—touching on the correlation between decision and action, cause and effect.

Runs from August 10 to September 17 at Artinformal Makati, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.

Memory of Arrival and Departure

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Memory of Arrival and Departure tells a compelling narrative of loss, and how one struggles to cope with the apparent void that it leaves behind. Artist Jay Ragma found a new perspective around the concept of letting go through complex symmetry: intersecting lines—rendered with an almost mathematical precision—are interjected with striking hues, like a disruptive force that throws the status quo in disarray, shifting both perceptions of scale and perspective.

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 Gallery’s website.

Bulong at Sigaw: Mga Kontemporanyong Kulam, Dasal, Anting-Anting at Ritwal

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Amorphous objects add to the fascinating facets of the rural psyche in Bulong at Sigaw: Mga Kontemporanyong Kulam, Dasal, Anting-Anting at Ritwal. This exhibition reminds us how easy it is for the human mind to associate power with objects, like magical amulets and elements, that figure heavily in our traditions and beliefs. What we do not realize is that true power lies in our decisions, intentions, and the natural consequences of our actions.

Runs until September 7 at Artinformal Greenhills, 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City. For more information, visit Artinformal's website.

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