A Tale of Two Towers / An Essay on Nona Garcia and Elaine Navas

About five years ago, I found myself in front of a Francis Bacon’s painting, one of his Untitled Crouching Figure series. It took me hours to glimpse through all the works in the gallery but I went back to that piece for about four or five times, examining the materials; digesting each stroke; and trying…

The life Cycle of Images / Beejay Esber

EXHIBITION NOTES FOR BEEJAY ESBER’S ‘THE LIFE CYCLE OF IMAGES’ AT UNDERGROUND GALLERY FOR ART FAIR PHILIPPINES 2017. IMAGES COURTESY OF THE GALLERY.  FEB 16-19, 2017 The Life Cycle of Images ventures on Beejay Esber’s ever-expanding assembly of eclectic and phantasmagoric abstraction. It serves as a reintroduction to familiar terrains and images presented in Esber’s quintessential knotty…

Space Dust/ Trek Valdizno

Exhibition notes for Trek Valdizno ‘Space Dust’ at Galeria Duemila. Images courtesy of the gallery.  Nov 12 – Dec 31, 2016 The subconscious has a way of stimulating and infusing our history in every action we make, every motion we create. It warrants a certain investigation of reasons that may be hidden even to its author….

Hi Hello/ Don Djerassi Dalmacio

Exhibition notes for Don Djerassi Dalmacio ‘Hi Hello’ at West Gallery. *Images courtesy of the gallery.  Dec 1- 31, 2016 A fine work of art can start a dialogue and speak to us in a language full of obscurity and clarity at the same time. It tempts our gaze into the sublime and communicates through the…

Circle Intersection Algorithm/ Beejay Esber

Exhibition notes for Beejay Esber ‘Circle Intersection Algorithm’at West Gallery. Images courtesy of the gallery.  Oct 27- Nov 26, 2016 “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”                                       – Leonard Cohen John Venn’s…

Neyagawa/ Renz Baluyot

Exhibition notes for Renz Baluyot ‘Neyagawa’ at Underground Gallery. Images courtesy of the gallery. Nov 12 – Dec 1, 2016 Monuments built to standstill can be ravaged by time but the history and collective consciousness it holds can never be broken. As society transforms a place with all its modernity and whitewashes the past into obscurity,…

Unfamiliar Landscapes/ Jinggoy Buensuceso

Exhibition notes for Jinggoy Buensuceso ‘Unfamiliar Landscapes’ at Galeria Duemila. Images courtesy of the gallery.  Oct 8 – 30, 2016 Our waking lives’ tumultuous, ever-busy and cluttered state can dissolve us into obscurity; drive us to certain frenzy; and lead us to seek out our own idyllic space. Art can lend its ability to transport the…

Interior Landscape/ Jojo Serrano

Exhibition notes for Jojo Serrano ‘Interior Landscape’ at Underground Gallery. Images courtesy of the gallery. Oct 1 – 21, 2016 At some point in time, the churches’ intricate and decorative designs have served as a reminder of man’s attempt to illustrate spirituality in tangible forms. No matter how majestic and awe-inspiring they can be, its perceiver…

Yellow Green Sound Town/ Vinty Lava

Exhibition notes for Vinty Lava ‘Yellow Green Sound Town’ at Cultural Centre of the Philippines. Images courtesy of the gallery.  Oct 7- Nov 20, 2016 The universality of music as a form of language can easily be hinted by our anatomical make-up, water being our major biological component compels us to vibrate and respond to sound. Sounds’…

Colloquials / Jan Balquin

Exhibition notes for Jan Balquin’s ‘Colloquials’ at Underground Gallery. Images courtesy of the gallery. September 3, 2016 Hollow wooden houses obscured by tin sheets, wrapped and fortified with discarded found objects can easily denote an artistic conceptual framework of altering an environment or object by means of intervention. This familiar scene found in urban landscapes…