If things were different, we’d be spending this time preparing for Art Fair Philippines’ ninth year of giving art enthusiasts a platform to discover rising artists and masters alike by bringing together local and international galleries at The Link in Makati City.
Since we can’t exactly have an art fair right now, we figured we’d find alternatives to honor National Arts Month instead:
Cartellino Art Haul
Feb. 8 to 15
This week, Cartellino is holding its Art Haul: an online platform that allows people to experience the thrill of discovering art from various price points. In partnership with non-profit foundation Fundacion Sansó, the event gathers 200 works from over 80 local artists—all of which can be viewed at Art Haul’s website.
The lineup includes artworks from ceramic artist Aly Kangleon, sculptor Krista Nogueras, painter Art Lozano and cartoonist Manix Abrera. Art Haul’s selection of works also includes ink, pencil and oil on paper artworks, mixed-media art, handmade prints and other printed materials.
Art in the Park Online
Feb. 21 to 28
In honor of its 15th anniversary, Art in the Park will be showcasing over 6,000 artworks from 60 exhibitors and hundreds of local artists. Prices are capped at P50,000, with proceeds going to the Museum Foundation of the Philippines and its projects with the National Museum of the Philippines.
The online art fair will also be holding several events, including special tutorials from comic artist and architect Jomike Tejido, special videos on Henrielle Pagkaliwangan’s and Yvonne Quisumbing’s art-making process, as well as mini-documentaries on pottery pioneers Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, and Joey de Castro.
Feb. 5 to 18
What have your dreams looked like during the pandemic? For illustrator and graphic designer Jer Dee, they look a lot like images and experiences connected to his hometown. What started as his way of documenting his dreams has turned into his first solo show with Futur:st titled “Tempest.”
Dee’s works are available for viewing at Futur:st, and appointments can be scheduled by direct messaging their Instagram. Framed prints, stickers and postcards of his art can also be purchased through the Futur:st website.
Circles in My Mind, Galleria Duemila
Feb. 6 to Mar. 31
Created as part of the Singapore Tyler Print Institute (STPI)’s Visiting Artists Programme, Circles in My Mind is an exhibit that showcases Pacita Abad’s mixed-media assemblages, mono prints and print abstractions developed over the course of three months in 2003. The exhibit showcases how Abad incorporates lithography, screen printing and relief painting to produce paper pulp pieces.
Before Galleria Duemila, Abad’s exhibit graced the walls of California’s Andrew Shire Gallery and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. To schedule a visit, contact Galleria Duemila through Facebook or Instagram.
Attachment | Distance, Artinformal Makati
Feb. 13 to Mar. 6
After almost a year of social distancing and missing close communication with our loved ones, how have our ideas of attachment changed? Visual artist Atsuko Yamagata hopes to answer the question through her latest exhibit with Artinformal Makati, which explores how we define and control our affection amid a pandemic.
“Attachment | Distance,” is available for viewing at Artinformal Makati’s Gallery 1. Walk-in visitors are welcome.
Fired Earth, Unearthed, Modeka Art
Jan. 30 to Feb. 20
Curated by Stephanie Frondoso, “Fired Earth, Unearthed” explores the use of clay as a medium for ancient practices and current interest in ceramics due to growing appreciation for homemade and handcrafted materials—an appreciation that stems from “enlightened slow living.”
The show features ceramic works from Rita B. Gudiño, Alan Cabalfin and Hadrian Mendoza, and is available for private viewing by contacting Modeka Art through Instagram or by emailing [email protected].
We Art Online
Feb. 12 to 14
As a way of celebrating the growth of upcoming local artists, Puesto Manila is presenting We Art Online: a series of exhibitions featuring artists in various stages of their careers. The event has two galleries, one of which is the main exhibition that displays and sells artworks from established and emerging artists alike.
There’s also the spotlight gallery, which features works from eight young artists who are making waves in multiple industries. For art enthusiasts who want to take home commissioned work, “We Art Online: Bespoke” features seven artists who have mastered different persuasions and styles.