10 Art Exhibits to See This December

From photography to pieces inspired by bitter melon.

(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 December:  

Equation of State 

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Martha Atienza, in a solo show, examines the impact of climate change to the environment and the inhabitants of her hometown in Bantayan. Equation of State, through video and kinetic mangrove plant baths, shows the relationships between humans and the environment. Atienza once again documents the life in her hometown, Bantayan Island in Cebu, and focuses on the climate crisis that affects the island and its inhabitants.

Runs from December 7 to January 11 at Silverlens at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information visit Silverlens’ website. 

Curatorial Development Workshops Exhibition 

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Vargas Museum, together with The Japan Foundation and Philippine Contemporary Art Network, present five curated shows that reflect on the concept of space as a venue and a platform for exhibitions. Karl Albais’ Tao at Kalawakan, Pristine de Leon’s Built on Sands, Jay Nathan Jore’s Humble Objects, Carlos Quijon’s Jr.’s a knowing intimacy or a life, and Christian Tablazon’s Variations of the Field serve as the culmination of the 2018 Curatorial Development Workshop conducted in 2018. 

Runs until March 7, 2020 at Vargas Museum, Roxas Avenue, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. For more information visit Vargas Museum’s website.  

I Skip Stones Across Eons 

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JC Jacinto experiments on materiality and, at the same time, explores the process of stripping his works of their essence for his show I Skip Stones Across Eons. Jacinto looks into his creative process and explains that immediately turning a piece of material into a new form “is an expression of man’s conceit and the drive to manipulate or hasten the natural order of things to fit into our limited grasp of time.” 

Runs until December 21 at Artinformal, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website.  

Constantly Beginning from the End

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Zean Cabangis starts from the end, as the title of his solo show Constantly Beginning from the End suggests. He uses a rubber-cutting mat as his canvas and layers it with paint, camera exposures, and magazine cutouts, creating a piece that opens the discussion on the artist’s mode of production and his artistic practice. As Cabangis strips down his art to its barest essentials, he looks at the complex relationship between the end (i.e. the finished product) and the beginning (i.e. the raw materials).

Runs until December 21 at Artinformal, Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal’s website

Babaeng Biya(hero): Travels, Travails, and Triumphs of Filipina OFWs Exhibit  

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The Babaeng Biya(hero) exhibit puts the spotlight on Filipina migrant women through narratives encapsulated in balikbayan boxes, depicting the struggles and hardships of our modern-day heroes. The exhibition, an initiative by the European Union, the International Labour Organization, and UN Women, is the main feature of the Safe and Fair program in campaigning for the elimination of violence against women. 

Runs until December 18 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. For more information, visit Babaeng Biya(hero)'s Facebook page. 

From Obscure Cities to Futuristic Cities

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In From Obscure Cities to Futuristic Cities, Alliance Française de Manille and the Embassy of France to the Philippines bring Paris-based artists François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters to showcase their series of works inspired by comics and architecture. The artists, through the exhibition, invite the viewers to reimagine a city in a post-futuristic era while making references to yesterday and tomorrow. 

Runs until January 11 at the Alliance Française de Manille Gallery, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City. For more information, visit Alliance française de Manille's Facebook page. 

Not Visual Noise 

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Ateneo Art Gallery guest curator Angel Velasco Shaw explores the potentials of art photography in different forms such as photojournalism, documentary photography, and conceptual photography. Shaw gathers 30 artists for a photo exhibition, which expounds on photography as a practice and the tension it creates in defining one’s cultural taste. 

Runs until March 29, 2020 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Arete, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. For more information, visit Ateneo Art Gallery’s website.  

Connected 

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University of the Philippines - Baguio graduate Bryan Teves paints his works for Connected in an attempt to transport the audience to a world of fantasy and reality. Teves entices one to imagine and contemplate as he presents a pictorial idiom of figures inside lush, evergreen flora.

Runs until November 23 at 1335Mabini, C01 Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit 1335Mabini’s website.  

Blanch to Sweeten

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Pam Yan Santos, using her sense of taste, transforms something visually with ampalaya (bitter melon) as the subject of her mixed-media works. The artist exposes the paradox of the fruit as something that isn’t very popular, thanks to its bitter taste, and also as a source of healing agents. 

Runs until December 31 at MO_Space, 3/F MOs Design, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information visit MO_Space's website.  

Flaws: Making (Mistakes) Together 

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The Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists awardee Doktor Karayom is joined by his artist friends at Secret Fresh Gallery for an exhibition that talks about flaws and making mistakes. Flaws: Making (Mistakes) Together also features the works of Isola, Jellyfish Kisses, mio aseremo, Niel Atienza, and Kookoo, to name a few. 

Runs until December 21 at Ronac Lifestyle Center Paseo de Magallanes, Makati City. For more information, visit Secret Fresh Gallery’s Facebook page.

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