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.
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.
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.
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:
- Malaysia – Shooshie Suleyman and Eiffel Chong
- Singapore – Mintio and Zhao Renhui
- Thailand – Michael Shaowanasai and Tanapol Kaewpring
- The Philippines – Wawi Nararroza and Frankie Callaghan
- Indonesia – Wimo Bayang, Agan Harahap, Sara Nuytemans and Arya Pandjalu
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.
- Tyler Rollins names top Asian artist line-up for new season – September 2010 – line-up includes Filipino and Indonesian artists
- Clarissa Chikiamco on Philippine independent art spaces funding challenge: Phillippine Star – July 2010 – Chikiamco discusses issues facing independant art spaces
- Ten emerging Filipino artists in biggest outdoor gallery in Asia – Philippine Star – November 2008 – outdoor art exhibits meet giant advertising billboards
- Filipino artist Ronald Ventura in Singapore museum show to November 2008 – October 2008 – a Singapore museum shows Ventura’s work
- Filipino artist Alwin Reamillo’s Helicopter project to tour Australia in 2009 – September 2008 – Australian-based Filipino artist Reamillo goes on tour