10 Art Exhibits to See This March

From flowers made from crystals to paintings layered with thread.

(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. 

Check out these exhibits happening this March:

The Horizon of Expectations

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In The Horizon of Expectations, sculptural pieces made out of crystals will transport you to the imagined universe of artist Samantha Feleo. Through her works, Feleo attempts to elicit wonder and the feeling of calmness when one encounters the grandeur of nature, whether within the depths of the ocean or on the peak of a mountain. 

Runs until March 22 at the Bulawagang Fernando Amorsolo, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website. 

Take Your Seat

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Bayani Galera’s paintings or sculptures are known for his rather curious subject—chairs of different types and forms. For his solo show Take Your Seat, Galera collaborated with other artists whom, according to him, greatly influenced his artistry: Nikko Pelaez, Reen Barrera, Wipo, JP Duray, Richard Legaspi, and Galera’s wife Pam Santos Galera, among others. 

Runs until March 25 at Space Encounters Gallery, Unit 7D, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit Space Encounters’ website. 

Pet Porno 

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Pet Porno navigates one’s bodily desires and explores how gestures of taming, teasing, and petting—all suggestive of sexual acts—could also be rooted in childlike innocence. Participating artists include Dex Fernandez, Kitty Kaburo, Isola Tong, Jellyfish Kisses, Miguel Aquilizan, and Catalina Africa. 

Runs until March 29 at 3/F The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City. For more information, visit Altro Mondo’s website. 

Allegories and Realities, Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: In Retrospect

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In a retrospect, the Cultural Center of the Philippines pays homage to esteemed painter and printmaker Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, whose visual expression touches on the personal and social issues of her time. The exhibition features works that showcase Gelvezon-Tequi’s artistic style and different modes of creation over the span of more than five decades. 

Runs until May 24 at the Bulawagang Juan Luna, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit CCP’s website.

Performing My Self-archive, My Other Body: An Autobiographical Installation Art Performance, A Work of Institutional Critique

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Conceptual artist Judy Freya Sibayan engages her audience in another series of performances and conversation about her process of archiving one’s self. Sibayan’s performance runs alongside the group show Searching Sanctuary and Bernardo Pacquing’s Spectacle of Coming Together at Silverlens Gallery. 

Runs until March 21 at Silverlens, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information visit Silverlens’ website

Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing 

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Ikea Rizalon, for her second solo show, explores solitude and the art of procrastination as the title of the show suggests. Rizalon, a graduate of Fine Arts with a major in Painting at the Far Eastern University, layers her paintings with thread. 

Runs until March 16 at Kaida Contemporary, 45 Scout Madriñan Street, South Triangle, Quezon City. For more information, follow Kaida Contemporary on Facebook

Cue From Life Itself: Filipino Artists Transform the Everyday 

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The exhibition Cue From Life Itself: Filipino Artists Transform the Everyday showcases the creativity and ingenuity of Filipino artists to transform a thing into a work of art even with only limited resources.  The exhibition includes works by Poklong Anading, Kris Ardeña, Yason Banal, Santiago Bose, Brenda Fajardo, Alma Quinto, Jose Tence Ruiz, Lirio Salvador, and Mark Salvatus. 

Runs until May 7 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila City. For more information, visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila's website.

Ingkisisyon 

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Ingkisisyon or inquisition, meaning the act of combating heresy, is the theme of the newest solo show featuring painter Pogs Samson. His visual language consists of allegories and allusions to history, religion, and pop culture. 

Runs until March 24 at Eskinita Gallery, 2/F Makati Central Square, Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, follow Eskinita Gallery on Facebook.  

The View From Two Horizons 

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Jill Paz investigates through her images the connection between “artist and subject, nature and technology, and the personal and social,” according to the exhibition text. The works, which Paz produced during her residency program in France, explores a 17th-century military site and its relation to one’s collective memory. 

Runs until April 11 at the Alliance Française de Manille Gallery, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City. For more information, follow Alliance française de Manille on Facebook.

Selling the Drama 

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Jaime Pacena II incorporates emotions in his most recent works and contrasts them with vibrant colors for his solo show Selling the Drama. Pacena, a Fine Arts graduate from the University of the Santo Tomas, is also a multimedia artist, director, and curator. 

Runs until March 28 at 145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City. For more details, follow Blanc Gallery on Facebook.

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