(SPOT.ph) The pandemic threw a huge curveball for everyone, including artists and cultural workers. Being crowd-gathering indoor spaces, a number of art galleries and museums temporarily closed in the early part of the quarantine, forcing them to adapt and shift to the digital platform through virtual exhibitions. Now that our favorite places are opening up again, most art galleries are once again welcoming art enthusiasts. If you're part of the crowd that sorely misses the quiet of an exhibit, then don't forget reserve an appointment in advance and strictly follow health guidelines. Stay safe!
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Check out these art exhibits in Metro Manila this February:
In a group exhibition that touches on the kind of desire that is uncontrollable and impossible to satisfy, participating artists respond to their own personal urges that often put one in a dilemma or a difficult situation. Insatiable features Rene Bituin, Jobert Cruz, Arvin Santos, and Andre Baldovino, among others.
Runs until February 8 at White Walls Gallery, Warehouse 12A La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit White Walls Gallery on Facebook.
He Measures Himself as Shadow Measures Sun
Singapore-trained visual artist Jem Magbanua continues a series of works that she started in 2019 in the solo presentation He Measures Himself as Shadow Measures Sun. Using a technique that combines digital and industrial processes, Magbanua renders works that respond and evolve around the idea and experience of time characterized by stillness.
Runs until February 18 at MONO8 Gallery, 306 Fox Square, 53 Connecticut Street, Greenhills, San Juan City. For more information, visit MONO8 Gallery on Facebook.
The set of paintings for MM Yu’s solo exhibition explores the kind of nuances articulated and evoked through the various shades of pink. She employs her abstraction in a landscape form with the use of acrylic paint on canvas, dripping down as if melting and gravitating towards the ground—a personal allusion to occurrences that are shifting upwards and downwards rather than remaining linear.
Runs until February 10 at Artinformal Gallery, The Alley at Karrivin, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal Gallery on Facebook.
I WISH FOR PEACE
As the title of the exhibition suggests, Oca Villamael translates his yearning for peace symbolized by the use of birds as the central representation in his mixed media pieces comprised of silk and handmade paper. I WISH FOR PEACE also commemorates the struggles of Sadako Sasaki who survived the 1945 bombing in Hiroshima in Japan.
Runs until February 22 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For more information, visit MO_Space Gallery on Facebook.
Vocalist Unique Salonga incorporates his music in an audio-visual experience for his show at Secret Fresh Gallery. In an Instagram post, he posts a teaser about Oblivion with an image that appears to be blank or empty, resonating absence and a state of being unaware and unconscious.
Runs until February 5 at Secret Fresh Gallery, G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City. For more information, visit Secret Fresh Gallery on Facebook.
Bembol dela Cruz reflects on the undesirable and discouraging effects of fear, both physical and psychological, in order to expose the underlying paradoxes in human existence. Trepidation is his own way of inquiring about mortality and the natural course of things, especially the living ones.
Runs until February 4 at the Finale Art File Gallery, Warehouse 17, La Fuerza Compound (Gate 1), 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, visit Finale Art File Gallery's website.
This Modern Love
Abstract artists pay homage to mid-century modern aesthetics, which widely encompass styles in architecture, interior, and graphic design. This Modern Love group exhibition features abstractionists Marlon Magbanua, Josep Pascual, Karl Lago, Bea Policarpio, Binong Javier, Fitz Herrera, and JJ Jarin.
Runs until February 4 at Space Encounters Gallery, Unit 7D, 7/F Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. For more information, visit Space Encounters Gallery on Facebook.
Bernardo Pacquing contemplates the opposite and consoling effects of art made during this horrific time in the pandemic. The monochromatic paintings in Disquietude examine the multiple meanings often associated with red and how it is perceived differently or even brings back a certain emotion.
Runs until February 12 at Silverlens Galleries, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Silverlens Galleries on Facebook.
In View Grinder, Jayson Oliveria reimagines a supposedly humorous encounter from the book and collection of jokes titled "Man Walks into a Bar." His works convey hilarious and intelligent takes on very specific realities in everyday life that are often left unnoticed.
Runs until February 10 at the Artinformal Gallery, The Alley at Karrivin 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit Artinformal Gallery on Facebook.
Mas Radikal ang Magmahal
More than 100 artists agreed to participte in this fundraising exhibit to support Leni Robredo's campaign for presidency. It follows the theme, "Mas Radikal ang Magmahal," which was also the vice president's battlecry amid the divisive political climate. Organized by Gigo Alampay of CANVAS, it features the latest works by National Artist Benedicto Cabrera, Roberto Alejandro, Jomike Tejido, Elmer Borlongan, and many more.
Mas Radikal ang Magmahal opens online on February 14 through www.radikal.ph.