Though National Museums and Galleries Month has ended, the importance of the country’s art and culture scene in shaping the national consciousness is something that should continue to be celebrated in the months to come. Before we move into the holiday season and the end of the year, why not continue celebrating the local art scene through a new set of exhibits that are set to open this month?
Double, Double, Moore in Trouble, Tin-aw Art Gallery
UGF Somerset Olympia Bldg., Makati Ave. cor. Sto. Tomas St., Makati City
Nov. 9 to Nov. 30
In 1965, Gordon Moore observed that, in regards to the growth of computer technology, computer chips would continue to shrink in size and cost while packing more information in smaller devices. This observation would later be known as Moore’s Law, a concept that shapes this group exhibit. Using a 6 x 6 x 6 inch canvas, 49 artists explore how the constant miniaturization of computers affect social, political, and historical spaces.
Habitus, Mono8 Gallery
Casa Tesoro Mansion, Mabini St., Ermita, Manila
Nov. 6 to Dec. 4
“Habitus,” according to French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, is the concept that dominant social and cultural conditions shape structural positions. In this group exhibit, 22 contemporary artists launch an inquiry into this concept by using the notion of “home” as a representation of “habitus.” Their works explore its dynamics and the understanding that the objects, images, and ideas we produce are influenced by where we come from.
Vertical and Horizontal Dreams, Galleria Duemila
210 Loring St., Pasay City
Nov. 9 to Dec. 28
After 25 years, Thirteen Artist Awards and 5 Contemporary Sculptors recipient Joe Bautista has mounted a solo exhibit at Galleria Duemila. Inspired by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, “Vertical and Horizontal Dreams” follows the architect’s concept of “concrete nature”: a concept that combines geometric and organic forms. Using bold colors and aluminum L-bars, Bautista maps out blueprint abstractions on canvas by highlighting his fascination with lines and angles.
Not Visual Noise, Ateneo Art Gallery
Soledad V. Pangilinan Arts Wing, Areté, Ateneo de Manila University Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Nov. 24 to Mar. 29, 2020
Curated by artist and cultural organizer Angel Velasco Shaw, this photography exhibit explores the current state of photography through the works of 31 local artists. Using photography-based art practices such as photojournalism, long-form documentary, and installation photography, “Not Visual Noise” explores the tensions between high and low culture and art photography within the context of a media-saturated world with the hopes of attracting more audiences.
Mood Lamp, Artery Art Space
P. Tuazon St., Cubao, Quezon City
Nov. 9 to Nov. 30
Artery Art Space’s latest exhibition launches an exploration into the invention of nostalgia and fantasy through the works of Gab Baez, Mark Copino, Kim Gaceja, and JJ Jarin. The featured works in the exhibit establish a space between sensation and perception, intersecting identity, abstraction, narrative, and place by exploring each artist’s complex mood during the conceptualization of the exhibit.
The Allure of Illusion, Galerie Roberto
Unit 4, Molito Lifestyle Extension Bldg. Madrigal Ave.cor. Commerce Ave. Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Nov. 8 to Nov. 27
The Renaissance notion of the “fourth wall” is defined as the “conceptual barrier between any fictional work and its viewers or readers” — a concept that drives award-winning realist Orley Ypon’s latest solo exhibition forward. “The Allure of Illusion” highlights issues between reality and illusion, and a viewer’s expectation from a work of art given the obsession to create the illusion of reality through paintings disguised as photographs.
Yes, Master!! Yes, Master!! Yes, Master!!, Blanc Gallery
145 Katipunan Ave., St. Ignatius Vill., Quezon City
Nov. 9 to 30
Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” Yeo Kaa’s latest solo exhibit explores the sentiment and the hidden suffering of animals humanity has continuously benefited from for years. Depicting animals as docile and submissive, “Yes, Master!! Yes, Master!! Yes, Master!!” makes use of resin and metal sculptures, paintings, and distorted mirrors to draw contrasts between pleasing appearances and troubled interiors.
Writer: ANGELA PATRICIA SUACILLO