“Wave Drawings Nos. 11-12” by Nice Buenaventura explores the links between the mundane and ritualistic

In “Wave Drawing Nos. 11-12,” Nice Buenaventura works with hand-drawn representations of the invisible currents that guide the simultaneous acts of production and documentation, emphasizing the presence of what is ostensibly absent. The central pieces are part of an ongoing series titled “Wave Drawings,” wherein vibrations caused by the movement of the artist’s drawing hand are recorded, the resulting graph of the gesture translated into a gradient in which a band’s darkness corresponds to
the size of the wave.

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The king of Crazy Rich Asians is coming to Manila

Kevin Kwan, the bestselling author of the Crazy Rich trilogy, is coming back to Manila this August. Meet the mind behind the glitz and glam world of Asia’s elite, and have your books signed by the king of Crazy Rich Asians himself.

Isang linggong pagdiriwang sa SaluSining Art Festival

SALU, the Filipino Restuarant is set to celebrate its first anniversary with a week-long art festival.

“Satellites for Minor Planets” by Carina Santos

“Satellites for Minor Planets” examines landscapes and geography in a way that considers them portraits or markers of the self. What can be learned from information gathered from an observable distance? What can phenomenological details say about where you are? What can be learned about someone, through the spaces they inhabit?

Buboy Cañafranca’s “Cognitive Dissonance” treats meat as the center of desire

Buboy Cañafranca’s “Cognitive Dissonance” stands as an interesting parody which tackles
desire. Meat is at the heart of it and it is exactly what he chooses to paint. Done in a realistic fashion, the portions of meat that Cañafranca has painted and memorialized stand naked in all their sanguine luster, like portraits and venerations to a pious existence.

X/Y/Z by Victor Balanon

Artist Victor Balanon walks you through the alphabet’s last three letters with an artistic approach in “XYZ.” 

Bust out your pomades and denim for Mumbo Gumbo: Rockabilly Bill

Live performances and DJ sets will keep the night going at Mumbo Gumbo: Rockabilly Bill. Play dress up with pin-up styles (Cherokee), tattoos (ink from Good Hand Tattoo), haircuts, more performances, and food await in this event.

Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy

Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy is an exhibition of 19th-century paintings, illustrations, and sculptures by preeminent Filipino artists of the time: brothers Justiniano, Leoncio, and Mariano Asuncion. The Asuncion family has devoted their lives to the arts through painting and sculpture. Today, the descendants still hold regular meetings and reunions and have initiated this exhibition to honor the memory and legacy of the Asuncion family.

“Images from Behind the Camera” by Neil Daza

“Images from Behind the Camera” welcomes you to Neil Daza’s frame of the staged and the documentary, shuttling between the real and the unreal.

Eric Zamuco’s “Almost Not” finds comfort in death

Almost Not” contemplates on the thresholds of meaning reached through new associations between objects and their recontextualizations. Here, the principal object being military field gurney stretchers, Zamuco re-imagines their appearance by counter-weighting them with other objects devised from either personal histories or formal transgressions.

Frank Callaghan’s signature night photos are on full display in “Search/Light”

Shot over a period of five successive nights, this is Callaghan’s first new series in two years and is comprised of 17 photographs that make use of the barest of elements beneath the night sky: an empty sea and a piercing beam of light.

Jehor Bitancor answers life’s biggest questions in “Paradox of Living”

More than just being narratives of the human condition, Bitancor creates visual dramas laced with metaphors and symbols in his latest work titled “Paradox of Living.” Bitancor is an artist who puts the painting in the service of asking life’s big questions.

Aia Solis’ “2307” delves into a paralyzing world brought by anxiety

“In this quiet solitude, my thoughts begin to scatter without constraint. The constant war with this facade I struggle to keep. And choosing carefully the things I would reveal, with the unease of what the norm might find inappropriate. Meandering scenes that play through my head forms a separate consciousness. Should I repress these wandering subliminal echoes travelling my own isolated universe?”

2307 is a photo exhibition by photographer Aia Solis.

“Immortal Days” by Glitch Glitch serves as a break from the mundane world

The show features a collection of artworks that urges one to go back to those years of juvenile exploits. Yesterdays of endless endorphin rush brought about by transient fancies, bad decisions, and substance experimentation. Days when one surrendered to hazy nights of seemingly endless euphoria. “Immortal Days” is the latest work of visual artists Crist Espiritu and Angge Lorente, who are collectively known as Glitch Glitch.

Clarity and abstraction await with new exhibitions by Alvin Zafra, Costantino Zicarelli, and Nice Buenaventura

In the Main Gallery, CCP 13 Artist Awardee Alvin Zafra takes us on a visual journey of a car-less EDSA through his series of sandpaper works in “Hi-Way 54.”

In the Big Room, Costantino Zicarelli continues his foray into the unconventional. Black has never been as complex and as ethereal as with Zicarelli’s musings in “ot/ a/ biillno/ aersyyears billion a to.”

Last but not the least, Nice Buenaventura brings calculated shapes and graphs from her ongoing series “Wave Drawings” in her first solo show with the gallery at the Inner Room.

“Fresh Cut, New Blood” is a testament to the art of collage

The focus on young, next-generation artists featured in the show attests to collage’s capacity to explore, scavenge, and decode the tumult found in the present visual landscape. Fresh Cut, New Blood is a group show curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, featuring the works of Jan Balquin, Dina Gadia, Jacob Lindo, Carina Santos, and Jel Suarez.

“Inner Weather” by Jem Magbanua

Inner Weather primarily reflects on the poetics of space—where the surrounding nuances are symbolic of individual subjectivity, states of mind and soul, variations on site become catalysts for change; the color blue, which dominates the works in the exhibition, are forays into the unknown that represent the boundless human imagination and frontier spirit.

Artist Hadrian Mendoza translates the ferocity and passion of the color red in “A Drop of Red”

Mendoza chooses to reference the societal issues enveloping the country today in his latest exhibit called A Drop of Red. The war on drugs, the cycle of life and death, and a momentous scene of forgetting, even letting go in his new set of ceramics bombard and astonish the viewer in the two rooms of the gallery.

New gallery alert: Mono8 announces its first inaugural show

“Extreme Present” is a group show comprised of both local and foreign artists currently showing in the Manila art scene. The show explores the pluralism in contemporary art and the challenges artists face to keep up with the now. It touches on the difficulties of innovation and revels in the success of overcoming such tribulations in originality. It prods and it provokes, and asks: “What now? What next?”

Vladimir Grutas presents “Sakal”

This conceptual installation art by Vladimir Grutas, titled Sakal, is an invitation to critical thinking: How does text (whether language, images, or objects) generate meaning? The installation is also an invitation for self-reflection on the process of meaning-making.

State and religion collide in David Viray’s “Langit Lupa”

In Langit Lupa, artist David Ryan Viray exhibits an overview of his influences that shaped him as an individual. The series of images showcased in every artwork reflects how state and religion molded his beliefs and preferences. It is a depiction of social and spiritual manifestations of the artist’s character.

See the evolving identity of Manila

“MANILA: Hidden in Plain Sight” represents the character of the metropolitan that is continuously reshaped by its urban landscape and city dwellers. This exhibition weaves the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ painting collection with the practices of contemporary art that reflects on the captured tenacity of the city. Among the participating artists are Manix Abrera, Tad Ermitaño, Dina Gadia, Cocoy Lumbao, Leeroy New, Issay Rodriguez, Denise Weldon, and MM Yu.

See the art from the provinces in “Distinct Refinements”

“Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces” is a long overdue recognition of the creative expressions that were nurtured in the regions, independent of the currents and trends in Manila.

“The Library of Unread Books” by Heman Chong and Renée Staal

This exhibit develops from the artist’s deep-seated longing for books. The reference library is made up of donated books that are unread by their previous owners and the result of a collective gesture that traces the perimeters of unwanted knowledge.

BenCab Museum celebrates their eighth anniversary

On their eighth year, BenCab presents “Take 5 on Aquarelle.” It’s a five-generation exhibition of watercolor paintings by Alfredo Roces, BenCab, Elmer Borlongan, Kelly Ramos and Abi Dionisio.