Dec 10, 2019

An important element of the holiday season that many people seem to forget is taking a breather whenever possible. With bad traffic and parties frantically piling up the festive month, a visit to art exhibits sounds like a nice escape from everything that could drive you wild. But don’t just settle for any random art gallery. Here, we’ve listed a few exhibits that you should make your way to, from a space that has put together a selection of music theory works to one that features the “first Filipino movie star in Hollywood.”


Finding Elena, Archivo 1984

La Fuerza Compound, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City
Nov. 27 to Dec. 30

Multi-awarded writer Wilfredo Pascual stages an exhibit that focuses on Elena Jurado, the “first Filipino movie star in Hollywood.” The exhibit tracks her rise to fame in the early 1920s, following her appearance in the movie “White Hands” up to her final performances as an actress in “What Price Glory” in 1926, and “A Girl in Every Port” in 1928.


Transposition II, Nova Gallery

Warehouse 12A, La Fuerza Compound, Chino Roces Ave., Makati
Dec. 21 to Jan. 4, 2020

Music theory defines transposition as the “shift of a melody to another key, without changing its overall structure.” This concept is what drives Jerome Choco’s solo exhibit forward, recasting scenes from European artists’ works as moments in the lives of band members and transposing music into visual arts.


Dance with the Mayflies, Tin-aw Art Gallery

UGF Somerset Olympia Bldg., Makati Ave. cor. Sto. Tomas St., Makati City
Dec. 7 to Dec. 21

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”The average lifespan of Mayflies is brief. After they emerge from their underwater existence as nymphs, they can only live within twenty-four hours. A monotypic genus of the Mayfly, the Dolonia americana survives only for less than five minutes. In their fleeting existence, Mayflies perform what seems to be a nuptial dance above water: the males congregate in swarms as the females fly into them. They mate and then die. ⁣ ⁣ Exploring on the true meaning of life and our continuous struggle to find its purpose, the exhibition “Dance with the Mayflies”, features slow and differing takes on the momentary and yet essential parts of our being. The exhibition navigates through tropes of the ephemeral and the transient; an emphasis to the subtle and often trivial scenes, images, objects, and people that make up what we are to the world.” – Gwen Bautista⁣ ⁣ Dance with the Mayflies runs until December 21, 2019. To view, visit Tin-aw Art Gallery at Upper Ground floor of Somerset Olympia Building, Makati Avenue. For inquiries, please contact the gallery landline at +63 2 7750-2595 email [email protected] or visit the Instagram and Facebook @tinawartgallery.⁣ ⁣

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Mayflies have one of the shortest lifespans in the animal kingdom, only living within 24 hours. These insects exemplify the impermanence of existence, a concept that Tin-aw Art Gallery’s latest group exhibit tackles. It’s comprised of works from the likes of painters Allan Balisi and Antipas “Biboy” Delotalvo and visual artists Jonathan Ching and Melvin Culaba.


ZIGAZIG ah!, Silverlens Galleries

2263 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City
Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, 2020

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Fresh from Kota Kinabalu! Here is a #Silverlens_Unboxing of Yee I-Lann’s mats for upcoming exhibition, ‘ZIGAZIG ah!’, opening this Saturday, 7 December, 5-8 PM. In her latest body of work, @yeeilann examines the utility and cultural relevance of mats (tikar in Malay, banig in Filipino). They are shared everyday objects that simultaneously create spaces where people can share their ideas and express themselves. Just like Yee’s commissioned piece ‘Tikar-A-Gagah’ for National Gallery Singapore, mats included in ‘ZIGAZIG ah!’ were woven with weavers from Keningau in the Borneo interior and Pulau Omadal, Semporna, in the Sulu Sea. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘ZIGAZIG ah!’ opens along with the gallery’s other two conclusive exhibitions, ‘Equation of State’ by Martha Atienza and ’59.59’ by Corinne de San Jose. See you in the gallery! #YeeILann #ZIGAZIGah #SilverlensGalleries #Tikar #Weave #Sabah #KotaKinabalu #Malaysia

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In collaboration with weavers from Keningau, Borneo and Pulau Omadal, Semporna, Sabahan artist Yee I-Lann is mounting an exhibit highlighting works that have emerged from her collaborations with these communities. “ZIGAZIG ah!” explores how patterns are assigned meanings through rituals while bringing the practices and aesthetics of two different communities into dialogue.


59.59, Silverlens Galleries

2263 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City
Dec. 7 to Jan. 11, 2020

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Save the date! 59.59 by Corinne de San Jose Opening reception: 7 December 2019, 5 to 8 PM Concluding the year, SILVERLENS is pleased to present 59.59, Corinne de San Jose’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery. Aside from working with photography and video, the artist is a professional film sound designer, with multiple awards to her name. Her previous exhibitions with Silverlens such as I’ve been hiding in the smallest places (2018), The Week Ends The Week Begins (2015), Conversation 17 (2013), and Some Die Young and Some Die Old (2010) solely featured her photography practice. In 59.59, De San Jose combined her artistic instincts as both sound designer and photographer, trying to make sense of the duality between sound and silence. #CorinneDeSanJose #5959 #ArtPH #ContemporaryArt #SilverlensGalleries #SoundArtInstallation

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Award-winning professional sound designer Corinne de San Jose is combining her craft with her artistic instincts as a photographer in her latest solo exhibit. Using 118 radios playing an audio loop of crickets chirping, “59.59” explores how sound is filtered and interpreted, and ultimately how we perceive our representations of silence.


Death Death, Sampaguita Projects

13 Manager St. GSIS Village, Brgy. Sangandaan, Project 8, Quezon City
Nov. 30 to Dec. 21

San Francisco-based artist and printmaker Marcius Noceda’ exhibit hopes to explore real and fictionalized narratives on death. “Death Death” launches inquiries on the facets and intimacies of death through meditative pieces and symbolic imagery.  


Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions, Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center

Roxas Ave., University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Dec. 7 to Mar. 7, 2020

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is inviting everyone to the opening reception of the Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions tonight at 6 PM, with performances by Czar Kristoff and Aaron Kaiser Garcia with Komunidad X, at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm respectively. Czar Kristoff will be doing a live image transfer at the 1F West Wing Gallery, and Aaron Kaiser Garcia will perform the latest iteration of Dakel Saday: The Unpublished Philippine Folk Dances of the Tasaday at the 3F Galleries. Kristoff is part of Pristine de Leon's Built on Sand, and Garcia with Komunidad X is featured on Christian Tablazon's Variations of the Field. Both exhibitions are part of the Curatorial Development Workshop Exhibitions, on view until 7 March 2020. Other exhibits on view are Tao at Kalawakan by Karl Albais, Humble Objects by Jay Nathan Jore, and a knowing intimacy or a life by Carlos Quijon, Jr.

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In collaboration with the Japan Foundation and the Philippine Contemporary Art Network, Vargas Museum culminating its 2018 Curatorial Development Workshop with an event centered around the concept of “space.” It features exhibits that focus on astrology, local design practices, and questions on colonial institutions.  


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