(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 in 2020, forcing them to adapt and shift to the digital platform through virtual exhibitions. Now that our favorite places are opening up again (art fairs included!), most 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 to 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 July:
Somehow, I Can’t Stop Eating
Central to Celline Mercado’s first solo exhibition is her use of food to signify various appetites and feelings towards living. Mercado’s works speak of the comfort that food brings not only for the sustenance of the body but also to feed a different kind of hunger.
Runs until July 22 at Galleria Duemila, 210 Loring Street, Pasay City. For more information, follow Galleria Duemila on Facebook.
Core Semblance is Krista Nogueras’ rumination and contemplation on the linkages of personal history to collective narrative and memory. The exhibition inquires about our complex and sometimes problematic “relationship with the truth.”
Runs from June 29 to July 23 at Artinformal, 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong City. For more information, follow Artinformal Gallery on Facebook.
A solo presentation by artist Iya Regalario, Tag-apoy explores the element of fire and the potential meanings associated with it. According to Regalario, "fire stands for solidarity and creation as much as it stands for destruction."
Runs until July 23 at Pinto Art Museum, 1 Sierra Madre Street Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo City, Rizal. For more information, follow Pinto Art Museum on Facebook.
Welcome to the Dog Show
Francis Commeyne continues his series of sculptural work that replicates the household product hotdog which comes in different forms and iterations. Welcome to the Dog Show becomes Commeyne’s interpretation of the mundane as well as the ways humans consume things at present time.
Runs until July 17 at MO_Space Gallery, 3/F MOs Design, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For more information, follow MO_Space Gallery on Facebook.
Archie Sumilang explores the bounds and limits of going on a journey in a world he created in his imagination. The subjects in his paintings include a man amid the wide sea—a surreal depiction of how far one would go to reach a certain destination.
Runs until July 19 at 2/F Filipino Village, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard corner Aseana Avenue, Parañaque City. For more information, follow Art Elaan on Facebook.
For her fourth solo show, Nd Harn talks about obsession in possessing both material things and the accumulation of the immaterial, such as emotions that are kept within ourselves. The exhibition prompts one to ask “Does the cycle of repeatedly collecting faults alleviate or lead to a further downward spiral?”
Runs untilJuly 11 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.
Wataru Sakuma reflects on how history can become vague or dull when known truths are being challenged. The exhibition, co-curated by Jose Jay Cruz, demonstrates layers of visuality through “a text within a text.”
Runs from until July 12 at 20A La Fuerza I, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. For more information, follow Modeka Creative Space on Facebook.
A Time To Kill
Paul Mondok’s works are expressions of his fixation during this long pandemic. The different animals or creatures feed on remains, giving us a hint at the artist’s worldview in these strange times
Runs until July 22 at 2/F Casa Bella Building, 1046 Quezon Avenue corner Don A. Roces Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, follow Kalawakan SpaceTime Art Gallery on Facebook.
i want this but this is not what i want
Sound artist Teresa Barrozo, for her first solo gallery exhibition, mounts installation works and sonic art that manifest her fascination with sound. Barrozo is also a composer and a sound designer for numerous films.
Runs July 25 at Unit C-11, South Of Market Condominium, 26th Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. For more information, visit Pablo Galleries' website.
Yvonne Quisimbing presents a new body of works that takes inspiration and derives its visual archetypes from the tarot deck. Quisimbing merges elements of traditional healing and fortune-telling to create her own representations of wall-bound works.
Runs until July 25 at Silverlens Galleries, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, follow Silverlens Galleries on Facebook.