Art in the Philippines – a day tour of Manila galleries in pictures

ART GALLERY EXHIBITION MANILA PHILIPPINES

Art Radar took a weekend trip to the Philippines to check out what is happening in the galleries around Manila. Through images and a diary-of-sorts we tell you about one busy day of that trip.

Maxine Syjuco, She May After Drinking You Sink Quickly or Even Drown, Installation, 2010

Maxine Syjuco, 'She May After Drinking You Sink Quickly or Even Drown', 2010, installation. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

October 9, 11 a.m. The tour begins in the public spaces of the Picasso Serviced Apartments, where members of the Syjuco family present their experimental art show “Left of Center”. Maxine Syjuco, author of A Secret Life and the front-woman of an experimental art band Utakan, has created a room-sized installation inspired by the construction site opposite her bedroom window. This site will soon house “Art Lab”, a new space for multimedia works which is being built by her parents.

Yuchengco Museum, Manila, was home to small but significant exhibition "Art in Paper". Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Yuchengco Museum, Manila, was home to small but significant exhibition "Art in Paper". Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Other members of the Syjuco family who present works include Cesare and Jean-Marie Syjuco (who, according to the curatorial statement, are regarded as the principal proponents of multimedia art in the Philippines), Michelline Syjuco, a sculptor and jewellery artist and Beatrice Syjuco a performance and video artist.

1 p.m. Over in the Yuchengco Museum – which opened in 2005 to house the collection of businessman, diplomat and collector Alfonso T. Yuchengco – a small gem of an exhibition called “Art in Paper” is showing works in paper by Asian artists and, in keeping with its curatorial interest in design as art, fashion designers from the School of Fashion and the Arts (SoFA).

Included in the exhibit are works by Impy Pilapil, known for her geometric designs made from pleated and folded paper, as well as other materials such as a gauze-like coconut fibre. She also creates Zen-like works in glass, stone and wood.

One of the paper designs on show at Yuchengco Museum's exhibition "Art in Paper". Image property of Art Radar Journal.

One of the paper designs on show at Yuchengco Museum's exhibition "Art in Paper". Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Impy Pilapil, 'Vessel', 2000, yellow pages, 123 x 75cm. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Impy Pilapil, 'Vessel', 2000, yellow pages, 123 x 75cm. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Manila Contemporary

Manila Contemporary. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

2:10 p.m. Behind White Space in Manila Contemporary, a show called “CUT2010: Parallel Universe, New Photography from Southeast Asia” has selected 12 photographers who, according to the curatorial statement, demonstrate the theatre of photography. Artists include:

Wawi Navarozza Not Today

Wawi Navarozza, 'Not Today', Lambda Durst C print, 24 x 30 inches. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Tanapol Kaewpring, Untitled, Injet on Paper, 2010, 27.5 x 39 inchesTanapol Kaewpring, ‘Untitled’, injet on paper, 2010, 27.5 x 39 inches. Image property of Art Radar Journal.
Michael Shaowanasai, Four Faces of Faith A Girl in Rose Blouse, C print, 2005

Michael Shaowanasai, 'Four Faces of Faith A Girl in Rose Blouse', 2005, C print. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

Agan Harahap, Greenham Common Airfield
Agan Harahap, ‘Greenham Common Airfield’, C print on Kodak Endura paper, 30 x 39 inches. Image property of Art Radar Journal.
Silverlens art gallery, Manila Philippines

Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines. Image property of Art Radar Journal.

3:25 p.m. Silverlens Gallery is running a multi-artist charity exhibition called “Art Flood”. Over in the “SLab” section of Silverlens for the first time is an intriguing, strong-selling one-man exhibition of the self-taught artist Luis Lorenzana, who paints and draws grotesque but compelling figures. Gargoyle-faced, pop-eyed people and two-headed maidens play with balloons in baroque frames.

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