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Ayala Museum

I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know.

Title: I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know.
Artist: James Clar
Medium: Santa Lucia Giant Parol, Truck, Modified Light System
Size: 20 ft. x 10 ft. x 40 ft

Organized by Silverlens, Ayala Museum, and Ayala Foundation, Inc.
Public art installation at Ayala Museum, Greenbelt Park, Makati Avenue, corner Dela Rosa Street, Ayala Center, Makati

25 March – 1 April 2022
Performances on March 25, 26, 27, 31, April 1. From 6pm to 8pm (every 30 minutes).


‘I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know.’ is a largescale installation by media artist James Clar in collaboration with the award winning giant parol team from Santa Lucia in San Fernando, Philippines. Organized by Silverlens Galleries in partnership with Ayala Museum, this new artwork will debut publicly in front of the newly renovated museum building during Art Fair Philippines 2022. The work is also presented under OpenSpace, Ayala Museum’s public art exhibition program.

‘I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know.’ visualizes the process of understanding language and culture. The cylinders, which trigger the lights on the massive 20-foot diameter parol, is wrapped with a written version of Lupang Hinirang that was spoken to James while in New York on the phone by Corinne De San Jose (a locally born artist). James, a diaspora Filipino who in the last year moved to the Philippines, wrote down what he interpreted as the language. This letter, with notes and errors, was then sent to the curators of Ayala Museum who amended it to the correct version.

The installation becomes like a large brain whose gears can be seen as the rotating cylinders in the giant parol. The processing of the information animates the lights like neurons firing in the brain. The work is about understanding our culture, language, and history of the Philippines. It is a continual process, whether you’re native or foreign born, and cultural workers (artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, and institutions) all have a role in the perception of who we are.

Ayala Museum

I Can’t Tell You What I Don’t Know, Only That I Don’t Know.

James Clar

Greenbelt 5

PERSPECTIVES

Title: Behind the Shadows
Artist: Norman Dreo
Size: 7 ft. x 20 ft. (five panels)
Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Year: 2021
Curator/Gallery: Ricky Francisco & J Studio

Title: Ready.. Get Set.. Go..
Artist: Juanito Torres
Curator/Gallery: Ricky Francisco & Art Lounge Manila


PERSPECTIVES
Solo Exhibitions in Conversation

Presented by
Art Fair Philippines / 10 Days of Art, Ayala Malls, Ayala Land, J Studio, and Art Lounge Manila

As part of the Art Fair Philippines “10 Days of Art 2022” public programming, noted Filipino painters Norman Dreo and Juanito Torres present solo exhibitions which delve into the complex workings of contemporary Philippine Society. Presented as two distinct solo exhibitions, the paintings presented by these two exemplary artists create a finely honed contrapuntal conversation on two major influences on our Philippine society: religion and politics, to present perspectives on creating space between the personal and the societal in forging a common, and hopefully, better future.

Norman Dreo, a graduate from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 1993 and the winner the Juror’s choice in the ASEAN Art Awards in 2000, presents through J Studio “BEHIND THE SHADOWS” an epic mixed-media quintuptych (or 5-panel mural-sized work) measuring 7 x 20 feet. “Behind the Shadows” is the artist’s personal reflection on our experience of the pandemic, and how his faith enabled him to weather the many challenges he faced as a person and as an artist during the most precarious times of the extended lockdowns. Presented like an altarpiece, the 5-panel mixed media painting which straddles pure painting and the bas relief, is inspired by the altarpieces of Peter Paul Reubens, whose mastery of the craft filled the artist’s soul with light during the dark days of the pandemic.

Providing a caustic contrast are the irreverent works of acclaimed allegorical painter Juanito Torres. Himself a graduate of UP Diliman College of Fine Arts, Torres’ historical and allegorical paintings are in the permanent collections of many historical institutions including the Juan and Antonio Luna Museum in Ilocos Norte, the Mabini Museum and the Malvar Museum both in Batangas, and the Museo ng Katipunan in San Juan City, the National Historical Commission of the Philippine, the City Government of San Juan and the City Government of Caloocan. For 10 Days of Art, he is presenting Ready.. Get Set.. Go.. a tragicomic critique on the upcoming elections, particularly the race for the position of the Philippine Presidency. Unlike the highly uplifting and inspiring works of Dreo, Torres’ critiques border on the carnivalesque as he presents deliberately surreal imagery alluding to this presidential race, and our tragic history of political disarray.

Both exhibitions are presented, at the Greenbelt Gallery and Ampitheater at the 2nd and 3rd Levels of Greenbelt 5. The exhibitions run from March 23 to April 1, 2022. Admission is free. The exhibitions are open during mall hours.

Greenbelt 5

PERSPECTIVES

Norman Dreo and Juanito Torres

Gallery Exhibitions

Galerie Stephanie

Synthesis of Affinities

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Galerie Stephanie

Synthesis of Affinities

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Coming from different generations and working in various styles, this ensemble portrays different approaches in art and image-making.


Synthesis of Affinities looks into the linked affinities of an individual with the self and the world beyond. The Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani writes in Cyclonopedia (2008) that “Each particle of dust carries with it a unique vision of matter, movement, collectivity, interaction, affect, differentiation, composition, and infinite darkness.” In essence, these particles insert themselves inside the multiplicities of oneself as we participate in forming relationships with ourselves and others. The exhibition will feature works by Emman Acasio, Renz Baluyot, Katrina Cuenca, Genavee Lazaro, Aileen Lanuza, Hae Ryun, Ramon Orlina, Nunzio Paci, Gabby Prado, Mark Santos, Vincent de Pio, Reybert Ramos, and Jomike Tejido. Coming from different generations and working in various styles and formats, Synthesis of Affinities arranges an ensemble where identities are portrayed using different approaches in art and image-making. The symbolic amalgamation of particles in the materials and objects that are found among the works in the presentations marks the individual’s longing for relationships and inclusions in the matters of the universe.

Metro Gallery

SOLACE

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Metro Gallery

SOLACE

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Copino’s exhibition, Solace, reveals how the artist has found safety, comfort, and intimacy within the confines of the domestic space. In the brass sculptures that share the title of the exhibition, a person fully inhabits the interior of a home, with only their legs jutting out. Flames emerge from the rooftops, perhaps an association of the warmth—physical or otherwise—that is said to be tended within the home. The sculptural pieces show how the house is not merely an extension of life but life itself.


Solace Mark “Elias Kidat” Copino

When Odette devastated Cebu in December of last year, Mark “Elias Kidat” Copino, along with his family, retreated to Madridejos, a fishing village in Bantayan Island north of the province. While the artist already had a budding idea of what he wanted to present for Art Fair Philippines under Metro Gallery, it was the simplicity of small-town life and the distance from the commotion of urban life that nurtured his concept into fruition.

Copino’s exhibition, Solace, reveals how the artist has found safety, comfort, and intimacy within the confines of the domestic space. In the brass sculptures that share the title of the exhibition, a person fully inhabits the interior of a home, with only their legs jutting out. Flames emerge from the rooftops, perhaps an association of the warmth—physical or otherwise—that is said to be tended within the home. The sculptural pieces show how the house is not merely an extension of life but life itself.

In his paintings, Copino situates the figure Elias that functions as a stand-in for the artist. Shown against the flat and bold colors of a home (which achieves a graphic quality), the protagonist contends with its multiple meanings and associations. Copino’s background as a street artist is evinced by how Elias, for instance, is rendered as a stencil impression. The method allows the artist to decide on how transparent or opaque he wants the images to be, depending on the pressure he applies on the roller or the squeegee as it makes a passage on the canvas as he plays around with juxtapositions.

Solace—using a visual language that is spare, distilled, and highly metaphorical—ultimately contemplates what the artist calls as his “archive of experiences.” In translating his insight into the select corners of his life, Copino hopes that the viewer will see themselves reflected back by his works. “I’m just using my experiences for them to connect to their own experiences,” the artist states. Through this dialogic relationship, a bolt of understanding may occur, such as the fire that crowns the rooftops of Copino’s works.

-Carlomar Arcangel Daoana

CANVAS Gallery and Garden

I AM THE STORYTELLER

Mar 23 - Apr 1

CANVAS Gallery and Garden

I AM THE STORYTELLER

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Wordless storytelling are images that speaks of great stories.


We believe that art can enable meaningful storytelling. We have seen this in how visual narratives inspire imagination, especially among young viewers. Art, after all, does not exist in a vacuum. It can shape minds and influence opinions. It can provide legacies and lessons for future generations.

Each artwork in this show contains the seeds for countless stories. It is up to the viewer to unlock what is most relevant and genuine for him or her. In this sense, Each artwork is also an invitation to find inspiration and become storytellers themselves.

An idea that started here: https://www.instagram.com/iamthestoryteller.art/

Metro Gallery

Someday

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Metro Gallery

Someday

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Into the World of Carlos

Mar 24-27

Into the World of Carlos

24-27 March 2022

The onsite exhibition will run from 24 - 27 March at the R1 Lifestyle Hallway of Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.

“I wish I could step into your world.”

For decades, Carlos has used his brushes and paints to create a poetic world full of beauty, vivid colors, and music—prompting his collectors to say, “I wish I could step into your world.” This sentiment has informed the artist's exhibition, “Into My World,” a collection of recent works as well as paintings selected from the archives.

As an extension of his art, the artist has added a new medium to his oeuvre: NFTs. For the first time in his career, Carlos is producing seven NFTs in collaboration with motion designer IJ Cacnio. “Stepping into his world” has guided the thematic concept of the NFTs, translating seven pieces into works of animation. The NFTs have been dropped simultaneously with this exhibition on https://foundation.app/@artbycarlos as a grant from First Mint Fund.

“It is quite the adventure to embark,” says Carlos. “While NFTs are a new medium for me, it is an exciting and organic progression for my work, one that transcends physical and temporal limitations and holds so many possibilities.”

His work is timeless and relatable,” says Cacnio. “It was a tedious but rewarding process, because I would discover meaningful details that I didn’t notice before editing it.”

“I’m glad that IJ has translated my paintings into a work of animation,” says Carlos. “As an artist, I have always used intense colors, kinetic compositions, and of course, poetic subjects to simulate movement. To see it come alive like this is to create the ‘world’ I’ve tried to build through my career as a painter, and I hope my collectors see, in these NFTs, their dreams come true, thanks to the animation skills of IJ."

“I create the paintings with the intention that, in the mind of the viewer, the scene moves and one can almost hear the music. They can follow how the paintings move them; I tell a story by painting scenes, making them very poetic. IJ included music—which was his own idea—and for me, that proves that the paintings do have music in them.”

Breaking into the NFT space at 72 is a refreshing indication of the artist's enthusiasm to explore new media in his artistic journey. “I really respect Carlos for trying out new things with his art,” says IJ Cacnio, himself a creator and collector of NFTs with experience as tech lead in international immersive exhibits. Carlos’ career has included various on-site exhibitions here and abroad, and now, on the metaverse as well.

“The plan is to continue creating NFTs, collaborating, continuing to build this world into a coherent space on the metaverse. It is exciting to see how our team and I will build it, and especially how other artists might do their own takes on it,” says Carlos.

For more information, please visit the artist’s website at www.artbycarlos.com, message +639178225673, or email contact@artbycarlos.com.

Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600

Coded: Queue R. Here: Is No Contact Good Contact?

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Ibagiw Art Fest x Gallery 2600

Coded: Queue R. Here: Is No Contact Good Contact?

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

An intermedia exhibition featuring the works of Oliver Olivete. Exhibition dates: October 14, 2021 to January 10, 2022 at Gallery 2600


Coded: Queue R. Here: Is No Contact Good Contact? An intermedia exhibition featuring the works of Oliver Olivete

"Coded: Queue R. Here: Is No Contact Good Contact?" featuring the works of Oliver Olivete, aims to show life after a year of the pandemic and how it affects the community, the artists and residents of Baguio City.

Has Covid 19 robbed us of humanity? QR CODED attempts to show life after the onset of the pandemic and how the forced disconnect with society affected the way of life.

Is humanity lessened in the new contactless world? COVID 19 has pushed the emergence of contactless interactions and with the use of QR code, a technology in use in developed, 1st world countries but is now being prematurely pushed in 3rd world countries like the Philippines. The exhibit intends to show the result of the premature use of this technology in a largely poor society.

Is no contact, good contact? QR CODED aims to show how small & micro businesses with artists and artisans cope as it demonstrates how the Filipino has adjusted to contactless service and how extended confinement affected humanity creatively, physically, mentally and professionally. The show highlights work crafted from wood, tile and found objects to complete an interweaved story of the times through Oliver Olivete’s own experience, opinion and point of view.

Olivete said “The outbreak of COVID 19 brought major changes in our way of life, and one of this is the emphasis on contactless interaction bringing the urgent push on the use of technology because it reduces face to face interaction.”

The show also aims to show how the majority of Filipinos and the small & micro businesses are coping.

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Museum Exhibitions

BenCab Museum

SELECTED WORKS from the BenCab Museum Collection

Feb 5 - Apr 3

BenCab Museum

SELECTED WORKS from the BenCab Museum Collection

5 February - 3 April 2022

A group exhibition of selected works 27 artists from the permanent collection of the BenCab Museum.

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Islands for Sale: Pete Jimenez

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Islands for Sale: Pete Jimenez

Islands for Sale by Pete Jimenez was made out of decommissioned rescue boats to encourage viewers to reflect on the conditions of our natural land and resources, including the territorial dispute for the West Philippine Sea.

To book a visit, please go to bit.ly/VisitAAG.

For more information about the program, visit www.ateneoartgallery.com.

UP Vargas Museum

Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir

Mar 5 - Apr 23

UP Vargas Museum

Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir

05 March - 23 April 2022

The museum will be closed from March 25 until April 2 for facilities maintenance.

The UP Vargas Museum, in partnership with the De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde, presents Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir, a photography exhibition curated by Jay Javier, on 5 March 2022, Saturday, at the 1/F West Wing Gallery and Video Room.

The history of Philippine photography is fraught with gaps, inviting discussion on the identification of pioneers and progenitors. Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir tries to address this situation as curator Jay Javier shines a light on Teodulo Protomartir, who may be considered a pillar of photography education in the country. This exhibition gathers more than 50 photographs taken by Protomartir; each image signifies the quality of Salon style photography, which promoted standards-based approaches to shooting images. The exhibition references Filipino attitudes towards photography and offers scenes of life in early 20th century Manila through the lenses of 35mm cameras. A selection of photographs from the Vargas Library and Archives strikes a conversation with Protomartir’s work and narrates the difficult life in Manila during the Second World War.

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Leeroy New: Mebuyan’s Colony

Until March 2023

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Leeroy New: Mebuyan’s Colony

Runs until March 2023

Cultural Center of the Philippines

OF ART AND WINE 2022: 20/30 A LIMITED EDITION PRINT EXHIBIT

Until April 2

Cultural Center of the Philippines

OF ART AND WINE 2022: 20/30 A LIMITED EDITION PRINT EXHIBIT

Until April 2

The Cultural Center of the Philippines renews its partnership with Conrad Manila to present the latest installment of Gallery C’s “Of Art and Wine,” featuring the works of the Association of Pinoyprintmakers (AP).

In the exhibit, the print portfolio comes in two special sets, a collection of fine prints using traditional printmaking techniques by noted artists who have contributed to the development of Philippine contemporary printmaking. Each serves as a precious collectible for patrons of Philippine art.

Included in the folios are exquisite art works in relief printing, intaglio and serigraph printing. There are woodcut prints by Ambie Abaño and Elmer Borlongan, and rubbercuts by Leonard Aguinaldo, Hershey Malinis, Manuel Ocampo, Jonathan Olazo, Suchin Teoh and the late Neil Doloricon. It also includes a special restrike of a woodcut work by the late Rod Paras Perez dated 1963.

Renan Ortiz and Radel Paredes created highly detailed drypoint prints while Fil Delacruz’s work makes use of mezzotint and engraving, with portions made using a special etching technique, combining both acid and non-acid intaglio processes in one print. 20/30 contains etchings by National Artist BenCab, Alfredo Juan Aquilizan, Virgilio Aviado, Joey Cobcobo, Janos Delacruz, Jess Flores, Eugene Jarque, Henrielle Baltazar Pagkaliwangan, and the late Rhoda Recto. The etching of Juvenal Sansó is a restrike from a plate made by the artist in 1962. Also included are prints that combine both etching and aquatint, as seen in the works of Benjie Torrado Cabrera, Imelda Cajipe Endaya, Yas Doctor, Raul Isidro, Villia Jefremovas, Angelo Magno, Caroline Ongpin and Anton Villaruel. Lenore RS Lim also makes use of the sugarlift process on top of etching and aquatint.

Collographs, on the other hand, can be created through the relief or intaglio process, as seen in Kristen Cain’s work for 20/30. The emboss method, which may be more familiar to many, is also a type of printmaking technique, however unlike the rest, it does not require ink for an image to appear. The work of Christina Quisumbing Ramilo is an expertly done emboss based on an installation piece by the artist.

Serigraphy, possibly the most widely used among printing techniques, is a method of printing that uses a mesh over a stretched frame. 20/30 includes serigraph prints by Mars Bugaoan, Salvador Ching, Noell EL Farol, Rodolfo Samonte, Jun-Jun Sta. Ana and Wesley Valenzuela.

From its inception, the CCP has hosted and supported local and international print exhibitions in the country. It has sponsored printmakers to teach printmaking in different parts of the country through its outreach programs. The CCP has also given space to AP to have a national headquarters and printmaking gallery at the Folk Arts Theater in the CCP Complex.

“Of Art and Wine: 20/30” at Conrad Manila’s Gallery C runs until April 2, 2022. The exhibit opening is presented in partnership with the Philippine Wine Merchants.

Cultural Center of the Philippines

2021 Thirteen Artists Awards Exhibition

Mar 10 - Jun 5

Cultural Center of the Philippines

2021 Thirteen Artists Awards Exhibition

10 March to 5 June 2022, Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm (Hours are extended until 9pm on nights with performances inside the CCP Main Theater)

The Cultural Center of the Philippines awards the 13 Artists Awards every three years. Because of the lockdown, the 2021 Thirteen Artists exhibition was moved to 2022, with the awarding held last 10 March. The much-awaited exhibit features works by the latest batch of awardees Allan Balisi, Nice Buenaventura, Gino Bueza, Mars Bugaoan, Rocky Cajigan, Geloy Concepcion, Patrick Cruz, Ian Carlo Jaucian, KoloWn, Czar Kristoff, Lou Lim, Ryan Villamael and Catherine Sarah Young. The exhibition was curated by Shireen Seno (13 Artists 2018).

The 2021 Thirteen Artists Awards exhibit may be viewed at the CCP’s Bulwagang Juan Luna (Main Gallery), Pasilyo Juan Luna (Main Gallery Hallway), and Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino (Third Floor Hallway from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. Hours are extended until 9pm on nights with performances inside the CCP Main Theater. Gallery docents are also at the exhibition area daily for those who would want guided tours. To ensure everyone’s safety, read and download the Level 1 health protocols for exhibit viewing at bit.ly/StaySafeAtCCP prior to your visit.

To learn more about the 2021 Thirteen Artists exhibit and download the exhibit brochure, visit https://taa2021.carrd.co/

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