“You’re nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rat!”


Manila art show“You’re nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rat!”
~ from “Painting na Walang Ningning”

May 21 Saturday 6pm
Featuring the works of Arnel Agawin, Jun Cambel, Justo Cascante, Ben Guia, Heidi Rodriguez, Manuel Rubio, and Bobit Segismundo

“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.”, says Walter Pater. Artists, in this sense, conducts themselves like musicians. They create solo but would very much enjoy the fertile ground of collaborative work with fellow artists, much like in a band play. Individual works can morph into the layers of a much grander ouevre, yet remain enhanced and with added integrity back on its own. I am looking through a rose-tinted glasses. And this is how I chose to view this diverse group of multi-talented individuals— proud but unabsorbed of their mastery of their art—artists I play music visually with.

A rather fragmented descriptions:
The artists showing their works for this exhibition share many things in common; They expatriated themselves to Hong Kong’s creative market, have substantial art education, highly-skilled technically and a proud neo-native Filipinos. They are the core organisers of the first art collective of Filipinos in HK that grew organically. Starting as a ragtag group of Creative Professionals, they push forward their proficiency on the medium and methods of the finer visual arts and earned a lot respect. Being long-time residents of that ultra-modern and cosmopolitan city, they share the usual ups and downs drama of transplanted life, xenophobia, cultural isolation, emotional fatigue, financial drain and other forms of coping. But there is also the collective memories of career triumphs, intellectual jousts and silly spats, liquor joys, communal art projects and playing the occasional champion and token flag wavers for their country’s rich cultural heritage. In local HK-Filipino society, they are the darlings of culturati and art patrons (I just bit my tongue). They typify the inconspicuous segment of the creative community (other than musicians) but are rather ambivalent about their anonymity. Photographers, designers, wine connoisseurs, transients &travellers, architects, traders, vegetarians, mountain maidens, media people, martial artists, political & religious pundits… all artists, this is who they are.

Their works promise to reflect the nuances of a life lived in transit and the search for meaning that calls for it. Meaning, the attempt to translate into images and other semiotic flirtations is expected given that these artists are well-versed in the manipulations of visual elements and influencing perceptions. They can make their works dialogue with the viewer, or so they claim. So let’s not preempt the treat promised and be present in celebrating the curiosity aroused by this group of dreamers dropping by… lest I be tempted to waste wind with some postmodern obscurations. Are we going to get rewarded with some real worthwhile, aesthetically enlightening exchange? Or are they just… nothing but an overrated, trying-hard Hong Kong art rats?

– Alamitad del Camino

Art Galileia 2nd Level, Unit 2C08, The Shops, Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Contact No.(0915) 809 7946
Email: artgalileia@yahoo.com

“At the heart of it” group show

"At the heart of it" Joya Gallery
A group exhibit of work by three spirited mixed media
artists sure to impress! Come have a drink with us and check out JOYA’s second show, entitled, ‘AT THE HEART OF IT’.

All works selectively hand-picked and curated to show the life, times and power of the space between war and peace.

Brisa Amir
Michael Rahmandeclarin
Arnel Agwain

Opening on March 10 , 7 pm
JOYA gallery
2nd floor, Alpha Land Makati Place Mall
corner Ayala ave. extension and Malugay st.

Parking will be available,
Refreshments will be served in the gallery.
Dress code is casual. Feel free to rsvp at https://www.facebook.com/JOYA.MNL


SPACE “INVADERS” Mimi Tecson and Wesley Valenzuela

Space invaders examines the very objects, images, and ephemera that permeate the artists’ personal territories. Tecson and Valenzuela have brought together works that portray their visions of nostalgia and of their continuous examination of new and collected memories.

August 17, Sunday 6PM

space invaders

Secret Fresh Gallery
Ground Flr., RONAC Art Center
424 Ortigas Ave, Greenhills, San Juan
Open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2-10PM and Sundays at 1-6pm.
Tel. No.: +63(2) 570 9815 local 7.
Email Add: secretfresh.info@gmail.com or secretfresh.updates@gmail.com

IMPETUS 2 | Unraveling the Feminine

Impetus 2

TutoK and slash/art present

IMPETUS 2 | Unraveling the Feminine is the second of a three-part series of exhibits.

IMPETUS is about the tendencies and impulses that drive art towards engagement.

Featuring the works of:
Brenda Fajardo, Karen Ocampo Flores, Aj Tuviera Tolentino, Katti Sta Ana, Emmanuel Manny Garibay, Gromyko Semper, Mario de Rivera, Malate Literary Folio Diego Alvarez Ibarra!, etc.), Salvador Alonday, Robert Besana, Iggy Rodriguez and Maan De Loyola. Exhibit pipol: Karen Ocampo Flores, Noel Soler Cuizon, Brendale Asinas Tadeo, Hasnah Macla, Vitzka Altre, Chinx Nunag, Jef Carnay and Dante Castillo Jr.
Performance by Yasmin Almonte.

Curated by Karen Ocampo Flores and Noel Soler Cuizon
March 20 6:00pm
Opening reception THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014 6:00 PM
The exhibition runs until April 5, 2014

NOW Gallery + Auctions
Unit G05 Groundfloor, Ecoplaza Building
2305 Pasong Tamo Avenue Extension,
Makati City

Never Mind The Pollocks: Here Comes The Bastards!

Opening this 6th of September is Never Mind The Pollocks: Here Comes The Bastards!, a preview exhibit of recent works by some of the artists who will be participating in a landmark survey exhibit called The Bastards of Misrepresentation by the most cutting edge set of artists to have made and are continually creating an impact in the Philippine contemporary art scene. Curated by renown artist Manuel Ocampo, this survey show in New York shall be presented in Topaz Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Asian/Pacifi

c/American Institute at NYU and at Crossing Art Gallery. This exhibition will provide important opportunities for the artist involved by illustrating the diversity of practices currently being explored by the Filipino avant-garde . The exhibition will highlight the significant contribution this group of artist is currently making to the history of art in the Philippines, while embracing a new era of outward looking ambitious artists who are working hard to put Filipino creative communities on the world stage.

The artists who make up “the Bastards” who collectively share an aesthetic affinity with the abject, the sublime, the irascible, the incendiary, the untimely, and the illicit aesthetic frontier that pervades the urban reality of Manila , are : Poklong Anading, Yason Banal, Bea Camacho, Valeria Cavestany, Lena Cobangbang, Maria Cruz, Gaston Damag, Dex Fernandez, Arvin Flores, Dina Gadia, David Griggs, Robert Langenegger, Romeo Lee, Pow Martinez, Jayson Oliveria, Carlo Ricafort, Timo Roter, Gerry Tan, MM Yu, Maria Jeona Zoleta.

The Bastards of Misrepresentation has shown in Berlin, Germany at the Freies Museum in 2010, also at the Acht Salon in Hamburg, and recently in Bangkok, Thailand at the H Gallery. Scheduled in 2013 is a show at the MIAM Museum in Sete, France.

This preview exhibit to be mounted in Finale Art File is another platform to raise awareness for this important project as well as to raise funds to help subsidize the shipping of the artists works and the printing of the accompanying catalog. Aside from artworks and limited edition prints, Bastards merchandise such as shirts and bags will also be on sale on the opening.
An online auction is also being hosted through this site – http://arteleriamanila.wordpress.com/bastard-offering-an-online-auction/

Never Mind The Pollocks, Here Comes The Bastards!, the preview exhibit will be on view until September 29.

For further queries and information about the Bastards in NY

and for our kind host in NY Topaz Arts – http://www.topazarts.org/2012/08/get-ready-bastards-at-topazarts/

The Bastards of Misrepresentation NY edition is also supported by Asian Cultural Council Starr Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship.

September 6 at 6:00pm until September 29 at 7:00pm

Finale Art File, La Fuerza Warehouse, Pasong Tamo, Makati

Never Mind The Pollocks: Here Comes The Bastards!