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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

Strange Fruit

Parallels

Mar 28 - Apr 1

Strange Fruit

Parallels

28 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Strange Fruit is an artist collective representing a broad spectrum of photo-based works. The group promotes all genres of photography to develop a community of lens-based practitioners and educate visual-literate audiences. In previous editions of Art Fair Philippines, photography was featured prominently, with the entire 5th floor of The Link dedicated to photographic exhibits in various booths and special project spaces. As the art fair transitions into a hybrid format for the 2022 presentation, some of these photographers have come come together for a more focused and consolidated show at The Alley, giving the public an opportunity to view a selection of works in person. While still partially operating within the limitations of the pandemic, the photographers have continued to re-examine their archives , reflecting on images that strongly resonate with their subconscious. The result is a diverse collection showing multiple perspectives from some of the most active, visionary and contemporary photographers today.

Qube Gallery

INTO THE BLUE

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Qube Gallery

INTO THE BLUE

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

In the exhibit INTO THE BLUE, mixed-media artist and printmaker Angela Silva invites viewers to immerse themselves in a deep blue panorama of works in cyanotype, an antique image-capturing method that predates film photography and produces pictures in gradients of cyan. Divided into two sub-shows, INTO THE BLUE presents the artist’s dexterity and sensitivity in employing the cyanotype process – her technique and medium of choice since the mid-2010s – to present a compelling and perceptive oeuvre.


INTO THE BLUE Slow light Botanicals

In the exhibit INTO THE BLUE, mixed-media artist and printmaker Angela Silva invites viewers to immerse themselves in a deep blue panorama of works in cyanotype, an antique image-capturing method that predates film photography and produces pictures in gradients of cyan. Divided into two sub-shows, INTO THE BLUE presents the artist’s dexterity and sensitivity in employing the cyanotype process – her technique and medium of choice since the mid-2010s – to present a compelling and perceptive oeuvre.

The first-floor exhibit presents Silva’s family – a once-fabled landed and shipping Western Visayan dynasty – as the subject for thoughtful and compassionate examinations of family dynamics, class structures, and societal conventions of a bygone era. Entitled “Return to Shadow Memories,” this multi-generational family album of cyanotype works consists of family photos and archival documents that have been digitally manipulated, hand-processed, and constructed into portraits, artist books, collages, and an installation that connect chronologically. In using the word “shadow” in her title, the artist alludes to those persons who had helped mold the lives of every member of the family, herself included: these are the numerous nannies, or mga yaya in Filipino – shadow mothers – who had been at the forefront of their rearing yet had remained in the background as they knew their place in the household. The artist also recognizes other connotations of “shadow” – protection and constraint, concealment and darkness – as her works touch on the ramifications and responsibilities of wealth, inheritance, and status, all of which inescapably enveloped the lives of generations in the clan.

The second floor showcases Silva’s experiments with wet cyanotypes, a variation of the cyanotype process resulting from the alchemy of acids, salts, and for this show, dried herbs from the artist’s kitchen and foliage from her garden. Playful, evocative, and alluring, the artworks in the exhibit “Slow Light Botanicals” display the artist’s technical expertise and openness to innovation.

In INTO THE BLUE, Angela Silva deploys and establishes the cyanotype, more popular in the last century for its utility in churning out architectural blueprints, as a visual device to conjure story, emotion, insight, and atmosphere, and therefore, as an unconventional medium for artistry.

Words by Georgina Luisa O. Jocson

1335/MABINI

Reconsidering the Present

Mar 23 - Apr 1

1335/MABINI

Reconsidering the Present

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Reconsidering the Present is a series of three distinct exhibitions – all focusing on the interconnectedness of the local and the international, shining a light on how art can both stir and steer society towards a more connected future.


Reconsidering the Present Curated by Ricky Francisco

In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has been made more aware of just how important sustainability and self-sufficiency are.

It is with this in mind that 1335/MABINI proudly presents: Reconsidering the Present, a series of three distinct exhibitions – all focusing on the interconnectedness of the local and the international, shining a light on how art can both stir and steer society towards a more connected future.

The first of these collections is by the young sisters Julia & Jheane. Coming all the way from Cebu, their series Paperweight reflects upon the Filipino cultural identity by showing the foreign influences that have contributed to it. With the use of jusi and balikbayan boxes to depict foreign iconographies – a juxtaposition between the material and the image emerges.

Parallel to this is Melissa Yeung-Yap’s Solace in Shadows, paintings and sculptures that combine contemporary and imported oil paint with the indigenous t’nalak weaves of the T’boli people. Rather than showcasing the fear and dread that shadows often instill, this collection veers more towards the peace and comfort that they can also provide.

The last one to be presented is by the artist known only as 0270501, whose works give attention to the concepts of time and memory. Using local materials such as abaca, 0270501’s Rescheduled Mindfulness seeks to induce a kind of stillness amidst our chaotic reality, providing an opportunity for viewers to simply drift in the moment and meditate on the world.

By putting the works of these artists side by side, 1335/MABINI reaffirms its mission to nurture local voices while possessing a global outlook – ever-hopeful for a better and more sustainable world.

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.

Grounded Arts And Culture Studio

States of Cadence II

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Grounded Arts And Culture Studio

States of Cadence II

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Art is always in flux, but there will always be a continuing thread. Grounded presents: States of Cadence II —- a multi-sensory exhibit on timelessness and infinite evolution of the human spirit, through connection, compassion, and engagement with the natural world.


A perpetuation of the artistic investigation of the Grounded Artist Network (GAN) into various shades of time (past, present, and future) interspersed width cadence - a natural rhythm and flow, a frequency that the artists coalesce with to truly express themselves, States of Cadence II shifts its focus to other aspects of this dance; such as the untamed, limitless aspects of timelessness. Bringing their exploration of craft, technique and style, the GAN artists cast impressions on concepts and handpicked moments out of time, invoking a sense of permanence to what could have previously been considered fleeting.

The ability to “time travel” through art - glimpsing past and parallel worlds, setting a kaleidoscope to the present and peeking into possible futures is what makes it so powerful. Through art, we step into the shoes of those who have lived long before, taking stock of where we are currently, leaving messages and clues for those to come– a thread of meaningful connection beyond any perceivable timeline.

The exhibition features paintings, prints, tapestries, photographs, and other mixed media works that bear witness to our ongoing existential pursuit in relation to time, and brings focus to how we can move from being mere spectators to fully inhabiting and contributing to where–and when, we are.

The exhibition presents a selection of both introspective and participative rhythm in the effort to restore connection between viewer and the environment they inhabit– with other humans and life forms. Every element is inextricably alive.

This selection from the Grounded Artist Network invites the viewer to explore the intricate, labyrinthine systems and states of being, and the reparative role that art and compassion plays within these systems. New acquisitions on view for the first time include photographs from our featured artist, French photographer Camille Robiou Du Pont whose work knits together sensory journeys of the wild woman through water surface, depths, island ecology, freedom, dreams and rootedness in duality–all under the umbrella of cosmic elements reveling in the beauty and prowess of the Divine feminine. Lucia Fischer also explores themes of feminism and female identity.

Typhoon Odette Fundraiser

In light of recent events surrounding the devastation brought about by Typhoon Odette, Grounded has partnered with Oceanus Conservation and continues its commitment to ocean advocacy by raising funds for the rebuilding of schools in Siargao Island. The exhibit features Camille’s eerily arresting photos of the destruction of Typhoon Odette, as well as her portraits engraved on wood by Siargao local artist Niko Kanar.

Once again, beyond a coalition of contemporary art, the exhibition is motivated by the following questions:

How do we travel through time with art? What can we associate as guideposts, beacons as we surge into the unknown?

Is it possible to find a way to nurture ourselves and others without wreaking havoc to our planet?

How do we reframe our states of consciousness, invoking more intentionality and connection? - synchronization and coordination, a deeper sense of community?

Whereas States of Cadence Exhibit I was presented solely online, States of Cadence Exhibit II exists between the digital and physical realms, as Grounded has partnered with Karrera Showroom for its physical space.

As an automobile curio mini museum - cafe and bar hybrid, Karrera is home to the automotive timelessness in the form of the classic, vintage cars displayed and housed. This dynamic and playful environment embodies Grounded’s values of creativity through engineered design, whilst encouraging a sense of self-propelling progress and forward-flow. Just as various forms of art invite the viewer to delve into detail, Karrera’s offerings transmit interior and exterior elegance, evident to the veteran motor connoisseur and civilian alike. On the same track, running threads between Karrera and Robiou Du Pont’s stills, and Lucia Fischer’s works, are linked in the tradition of most vehicles taking on the feminine gender (relating the the idea of a female figure such as a mother goddess or deity guiding and protecting driver and passengers alike)--both vessels of power and elegance.

People work with time as artists work with their own instruments of creation. Through both mediums we fashion the narrative and bring meaning to our stories. This iteration of States of Cadence focuses on a collective body of work whose resonances endure through any era, but are particularly poignant in today’s world.

A collaboration with Karrera, States of Cadence II is presented by a curatorial team composed of Grounded founders: Marika Manglapus-Ledesma, Carina Alejandrino-Arenas and Bianca Yuzon-Henares. States of Cadence II is on view from March 23, 2022, through April 1, 2022. The exhibition offers an intimate portrayal of boundless beauty through art featuring the work of 19 artists from the Grounded Artist Network Program, as well as new insights that transcend boundaries by introducing both specific and expanded narratives of various states of evolution through the lens of timelessness.

Art Elaan

Personal Resonance

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Art Elaan

Personal Resonance

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Featuring the works of Ambie Abaño | AADA | Andrei Baldovino | Grandier Bella | Rene Bituin | Ferdinand Cacnio | Dennis Capellan | Reynold dela Cruz | Joselito Jandayan Gerry Joquico | Niccolo Jose | Gino Nagret | Wilfredo Offemaria | Nikko Pelaez | Reuel Rendon | David Requilme | Tammy de Roca | Joen Sudlon


Personal Resonance

A smorgasbord of styles and genres presents itself in this considerable group exhibition featuring 18 artists.

Resonance gathers Filipino talents who have successfully carved their own space in their respective fields, visualizing sentiments and depicting their truths.

Gerry Joquico’s surrealist works, for instance, shoot a pang of curious nostalgia, while that of David Requilme takes us to otherworldly excitement. Textured strokes as Tammy de Roca does the same but with water and seascapes.

There’s a busy street of faces passing by as well, from Ambie Abaño portraits on woodcut, to the quirky and haunting illustrations of Dennis Capellan and Joen Sudlon, to the bizarre visages of Joselito Jandayan. Ruel Rendon focuses on human feelings represented by figures that melt and mold. Nikko Pelaez and Wilfredo Offemaria portray divinity in characters.

The abstractions of Andre Baldovino and Rene Bituin, as well as pop art of Grandier Bella and Ali Alejandro.

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Museum Exhibitions

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality

Mar 23 - Apr 1

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design

The Flowering of the Crone: Leonora Carrington, Another Reality

23 Mar to 1 Apr 2022

Directed by Ally Acker

A documentary on the life and work of the Surrealist painter and writer, Leonora Carrington

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

UP Vargas Museum

1941

Mar 5 - April 23 2022

UP Vargas Museum

1941

05 March - 23 April 2022

The UP Vargas Museum presents the parasite exhibition 1941, a selection of photographs from the Vargas Library & Archives, displayed alongside the concurrent photography exhibitions Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir and Take Over by Eloi Hernandez.

The photographic reproductions, anonymous and dated from the 11th to the 31st of December 1941, provide entry points into the start of the Philippine Campaign in Manila by the Japanese. The photographs—some with human subjects, others filled only by landscape, rubble, or smoke—occupy a significant time period, the earliest dated a mere three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, through the bombing of the Open City of Manila on the 26th, and the retreat of Philippine and US forces to Bataan until the 31st.

The relationship between war and photography is storied, breathtaking as it is traumatic. 1941 simmers between two other such poignant apprehensions of liminal, yet interconnected, milieus: Proto Photo Educator sheds a light on Teodulo Protomartir (1902–1977) whose pioneering use and promotion of mass-manufactured 35mm film cameras conjured scenes of 20th century Philippines before, during, and in the aftermath of the Pacific War.. Take Over by Eloi Hernandez references the mood swings of our current pandemic time in iPhone photographs of nature taking over the University of the Philippines Campus, an academic institution built in what was envisioned to be the new national capital. The photographs in these exhibitions evoke moments of eeriness and destruction, but also suggest the possibility of creative force to emerge, just as the images of smoke plumes, gigantic and rising ceaselessly beyond the viewfinder’s scope, inspire wonder as well as terror.

1941, together with Proto Photo Educator: Teodulo Protomartir and Take Over are on view at the UP Vargas Museum 1/F Galleries from March 5 to April 23, 2022. Visits are by appointment only.

UP Vargas Museum

Take Over

Feb 11 - Apr 23

UP Vargas Museum

Take Over

11 February - 23 April 2022

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

Eloi Hernandez evokes in her photographs (using her iPhone camera) nature’s restoration and renewal of balance amid the protracted pandemic. She peers and takes snapshots of abandoned corners and stray objects and explores the streets and alleys of the sprawling campus of the University of the Philippines Diliman to bear witness to how nature is staking its claim once again—plant life overtaking structures or among new ones; fallen trees of nature’s wrath; canines, felines, and ovines roaming freely and unafraid and becoming accidental custodians of a seat of learning that is also almost a rainforest; and finally a solitary guard or shed or chair that waits as time passes and ecology recovers.

In the seemingly still UP campus, nature subtly stirs to restore and renew balance.

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Leeroy New: Mebuyan’s Colony

Until March 2023

ATENEO ART GALLERY

Leeroy New: Mebuyan’s Colony

Runs until March 2023

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

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