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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

Gajah Gallery

Navigating Truths, Traditions and Taboos: A Group Show of Contemporary Artists in Southeast Asia

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Gajah Gallery

Navigating Truths, Traditions and Taboos: A Group Show of Contemporary Artists in Southeast Asia

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

From abstraction, figuration, hyperrealism to contemporary sculpture, six established artists from Indonesia, Singapore and the United States employ various artistic approaches to navigate their ever-shifting interior, societal, or cultural landscapes. Going beyond the limits of traditional representations, they offer rich, deeply nuanced perspectives on diverse contemporary realities in Southeast Asia.


Six artists from Indonesia, Singapore and the United States employ unconventional approaches in various practices and traditions, from abstract expressionism, hyperrealist painting to contemporary sculpture, to intimately navigate their ever-shifting interior, societal, or cultural landscapes. Whether they’re making visible otherwise invisible emotions, satirically critiquing stereotypes about their locales, or questioning dominant representations of larger beliefs and worldviews, the six artists immerse themselves in their contexts to go beyond the limits of traditional representations and offer instead rich, deeply nuanced perspectives on diverse contemporary realities in Southeast Asia.

West Sumatra-born artist Ibrahim is known for his evocative abstract paintings that masterfully juxtapose colour; capture quick, spontaneous movements on canvas; and portray a visceral beauty free of ideological encumbrance. While he employs abstract expressionism to explore the truths of his interiority, he is still heavily influenced by his surroundings. In particular, he draws inspiration from the colours and textures of West Sumatra’s natural landscapes to translate his evolving, honest moods and feelings, ranging from calm to turbulent. Similarly born in West Sumatra, Yunizar, on the other hand, depicts recognisable objects and figures in his raw, childlike paintings and sculptures: flora, fantastic creatures, illegible texts akin to vandalisms on street corners. Yet, like Ibrahim, he imbues an expressive, affective approach in his work—determined to articulate the true feeling and essence, or rasa, of subjects that animate his immediate surroundings.

Challenging specific cultural and societal values, Bali-based artists Ashley Bickerton and the late I Gusti Ayu Kadek Murniasih employ figuration and familiar imagery to reflect critical reflections of their contexts in Bali. A westerner who has lived on the island for almost 30 years, Bickerton is hypercritical of its intoxicating tourist culture, depicting silver-skinned Balinese women against idyllic tropical backgrounds to parody the western ideal of ‘paradise’. The Balinese woman was similarly a constant subject of I (GAK) Murniasih, who subverted taboos in the local art world through her bold depictions of women’s fantasies and desires. Her pioneering works that reclaimed her sexuality and body ultimately paint a striking picture of an artist breaking free—from social convention, from the demands of the art world, and from the stereotypes of what a woman, a Balinese, and an artist could create.

In their meticulously rendered conceptual works, Indonesian artist Rudi Mantofani and Singaporean artist Suzann Victor provoke audiences to shift and broaden their perspectives of long-held systems of belief and knowledge. Victor’s haunting, ethereal sculptures of Christian icons and hearts coated in shattered stained glass boldly invite viewers to reflect on the ideologies that sustain them, whether religious or scientific, in a fresh light. A spirit of challenge similarly permeates Mantofani’s highly refined, hyperrealist paintings often described as ‘visual parables’. Manipulating everyday objects and ubiquitous symbols, such as globes and the Garuda, a mythical bird used to represent Indonesia, Mantofani literally turns our world on its head–suggesting that what we hold as capital-T Truths may actually be subjective, culturally influenced beliefs of a specific time and place.

The Crucible

The Crucible Gallery Explores NFTs for Art Fair Philippines 2022

Mar 23 - Apr 1

The Crucible

The Crucible Gallery Explores NFTs for Art Fair Philippines 2022

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

The Crucible Gallery launches contemporary artists’ works as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for viewing and bidding.


The Crucible Gallery launches contemporary artists’ works as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for viewing and bidding.

The gallery first explored the world of NFTs upon the invitation by CryptoPop in January this year to explore a new way of exhibiting art. The Crucible launched its first NFT (feat. Kajo Baldisimo last Jan. 25) and is currently working on the next tokens by Junyee, Igan D’Bayan, and Alfredo Aquilizan (with drop dates to be announced).

The project is a collaboration between the gallery with Luis Buenaventura and Anton Vera Pinoy, rockstars in the world stage of NFTs.

The Crucible Gallery NFTs will be auctioned at the blockchain market throughout the summer of this year. For information on the preview and bidding of the NFTs, contact 0917-5014595 (look for Chari) or The Crucible Gallery via Facebook Messenger.

To discover more works by contemporary artists, visit The Crucible Gallery’s Backroom Exhibit during Art Philippines 2022.

Galerie Roberto

Vouching Vigilant Volition | Varied Inferences

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Galerie Roberto

Vouching Vigilant Volition | Varied Inferences

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

On-view at Galerie Anna | Solo Exhibition by OTTO NERI | CJ TANEDO, BULLET DEMATERA, RAM MALLARI, FERDIE CACNIO, EMMANUEL MIRANDA, JOBERT CRUZ, SALVADOR BANARES


‘Chronicling urgencies, qualifying decisions’ Galerie Roberto / Art Fair Philippines 2022

Our daily engagements remain vivid and diverse stemming from seemingly unpredictable and complex cues, factors, and experiences interweaving the personal and the social. Such proliferation of interconnectedness among these two, among many other quotidian contexts, is viewed as a spirited trope indicative and suggestive of manifestations, naturalities, and fluidities of urgencies and decisions.

In ‘Chronicling urgencies, qualifying decisions’, participating artists employ myriad visual languages, purposive tendencies, and vivid interventions to tackle narratives and materialities. This exhibition series explores ideas related to exigency and resolution, perceived as two axes which shape, inform, and engender moments of imaginative and artistic resonances on various entanglements stemming from our being as well as our conventional and aesthetic experiences.

‘Chronicling urgencies, qualifying decisions’ brings forth an invitation to ruminate on meticulous considerations, positionalities, articulations, and assessments to issues, perspectives, and intricacies of specific courses of action shaped by diverse day-to-day cues, factors, and experiences.

Words by Alain Zedrick Camiling

Art Elaan

Effervescence & 12

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Art Elaan

Effervescence & 12

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

A Two-Man show by Christian Tamondong "Effervescence" and Kobusher "12"

District Gallery

Vanguard Synthesis

Mar 23 - Apr 1

District Gallery

Vanguard Synthesis

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Nasser Lubay’s Vanguard Synthesis is a collection of abstract and surreal expressions drawn from the artist’s subconscious.


Nasser Lubay’s Vanguard Synthesis is a collection of abstract and surreal expressions drawn from the artist’s subconscious. A closeup glance on each work reveals a repetition of circles punctured by biotic elements, with each brushstroke and line conveying a different feeling from the artist’s mind. There is no blueprint to Lubay’s opus, which is a reflection of an unbridled stream of thought and emotion influenced by pandemic woes and political uncertainty, and the eventual triumph of collectively rising above these anxieties.

Repetition and consistency in the details of Vanguard Synthesis birthed uniqueness and individuality, something representative of the collective feelings of people pursuing their truths in an uncertain world.

The flaming, bright, and striking hues of Sunrise radiates like summer after a long, dark period of stupor. Flesh Movement evokes life and its existence in the microverse. Fresh Tone is an ode to the color of the human flesh and its purity. Dry Chrome reflects spontaneity and randomness in the dryness chrome. Eco Haptics reveals a fusion of nature and life with the haptics of the digital age, while Endless Reflection tells a story of endless, infinite depth like the ocean, yet like its surface, is reflective just like the pigment used in the piece.

“The collage of various elements, although repetitive, proceeds to a certain form or story,” says Lubay. The collection’s charm lies in how each layer was influenced by a different feeling or emotion, unplanned and yet synergic as a whole.

As much as Vanguard Synthesis captures the artist’s state of mind, it also evokes people’s togetherness in rhythm as they move forward from the past, like collective cells working together for renewal and rebirth. The overall effect is undeniably movement: stirring, stimulating, emotional.

-- Mario Alvaro Limos

Salcedo Private View

Transcendence

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Salcedo Private View

Transcendence

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Salcedo Private View, the gallery arm of the country’s premier auction house, presents ‘Transendece: Recent Works by Norberto Carating, Pardo De Leon, and JP Duray’

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Museum Exhibitions

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Ligalig: Art in a Time of Threat and Turmoil

The Ligalig exhibit returns to spark discourse on the role of art as a critique to the many social injustices prevalent from the beginning of the Marcos dictatorship until today's Duterte's regime. Select works are by social realist and contemporary artists like Antipas Delotavo, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Anna Fer, Kiri Dalena, Manny Montelibano, Eric Zamuco, and many others.

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

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

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Marciano Galang Acquisition Prizes & AAG-KLFI Essay Writing Prizes

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Marciano Galang Acquisition Prizes & AAG-KLFI Essay Writing Prizes

In place of the regular Ateneo Art Awards program, the AAG pivoted towards an acquisition prize and an essay writing prize open to all artists and writers. The exhibit features the 14 new works on paper acquired by the museum and excerpts from the 12 winning essays that tackle the struggles and hopes of many Filipinos affected by the pandemic.

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

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

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/

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

A Thousand Women (As Mil Mulheres)

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

A Thousand Women (As Mil Mulheres)

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Directed by Rita Toledo

Selected female artists from different backgrounds were asked to create an artistic project inspired by the stories of other women.

All shows are free and open to the public. Interested viewers may register through https://bit.ly/MCADMarScrn2022 For more information, email mcad@benilde.edu.ph

National Museum of the Philippines

Inspiring the Nation, Dr. Jose Rizal: The National Hero in Art

National Museum of the Philippines

Inspiring the Nation, Dr. Jose Rizal: The National Hero in Art

Inspiring the Nation, Dr. Jose Rizal: The National Hero in Art was launched on October 30, 2021 to culminate the celebration of the Museums and Galleries Month. This exhibition initially launched in 2012 as The Hero in Art: Works by Jose Rizal and Portraits from the National Museum, honors the life and works of Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, celebrating his artistic excellence through his works from the National Fine Arts Collection and various private lenders.

This upgraded and improved exhibition entitled Inspiring the Nation, Dr. Jose Rizal: The National Hero in Art includes new acquisitions by and about Dr. Rizal, which were entrusted to the Museum by donors and lenders. Among the important works on display are Dr. Rizal’s oil portrait of his eldest sister, Saturnina Rizal-Hidalgo, which he painted when he was just 17 years old and probably his only existing oil painting, and a Fabian de la Rosa’s oil portrait of Dr. Rizal, copied from his much-admired Filipino master artist Juan Luna’s painting of the National Hero.

Online Launch - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMiP7JB1KFo

ATENEO ART GALLERY

INK STORY: 30 Years of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan

Until July 30

ATENEO ART GALLERY

INK STORY: 30 Years of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan

Runs until 30 July 2022

Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK), the country’s first and only organization of illustrators for children, presents a fresh collection of artwork sharing personal experiences of members in response to the prompt: “What is your INK story?” Digging up a wealth of memorabilia, collectibles, pub mats, and keepsakes from personal collections, Ang INK looks back into its beginnings, delving into memories of the light and dark days of organizational life, and further down the road, standing proudly on a foundation built upon its present-day network and series of accomplishments.

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