Paulo Vinluan’s Folk Lore is on view at blanc shaw until July 3, 2009

Folk Lore
New Works by Paulo Vinluan

My work is an ongoing dialogue between perception and portrayal of a
persona for one’s own social pursuits. It explores the superficial
masks we present to the public and the tenuous relations that charge a
civilized society. With reference to the phrase “Wolves in sheep’s
clothing”, a visual mash-up of characters and visual symbols emerge. A
sampling of wolves in suits, dogs with tribesmen heads, exotic
dancers, rodents, Louis XIV chairs with human limbs and dining rooms
doubling as performance stages become the tableaux of characters. It
delves in what we consider vital in our social pursuits such as
acceptance, self-worth, success and power. The image betrayal ends in
a comical, tragic display of the conflict between human nature and
animal instinct.
Folk Lore will run from Saturday, 13 June 2009 until 4 July 2009 at
the Blanc Compound, 359 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. Gallery
hours are from 11am–7pm, Mondays thru Sundays. For further enquiries,
please call telephone numbers 752-0032 or 0920-9276436, email or visit and

Paulo Vinluan appears courtesy of Finale Art File.




Cannibal Love A Carnal Exhibit Served Raw – blanc art space

Cannibal Love
A Carnal Exhibit Served Raw

Cannibalism is an act associated with the consummation of raw meat
from the same species. Simplified, it’s eating your own.  And love;
what can be said about love that hasn’t been said before? This exhibit
is a collaboration between two artists who brought their own
perspective to the idea of love and the emotions behind it. A modern
take on how carnal, raw and consuming love can be.

Brenda Praico’s pieces portray the “softer” side of cannibalism by
focusing her subjects around her slightly romantic meats. A more
in-depth look would reveal the feminine angle by representing one
being consumed by love.

James Zabala’ works show a tougher kind of love. It concentrates on
being the consumer of love itself. His works show an embracing,
dominant side to love; the possessor who’s in command of the emotion.

Both artists graduated Fine Arts Major in Painting from UST and have
participated in several group shows. This is their second
collaboration after “Random Gods” in 2005.

Cannibal Love will run from May 25 – June 12, 2009 at Blanc Gallery,
Makati. Blanc Gallery is located at 2E Crown Tower, 107 H.V. Dela
Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati. For more information, please visit or

, or contact 752-0032,
0920-9276436 or
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A two man exhibition by CJ Tanedo and Tyago Almario BABYLON ZOO Tour

A two man exhibition by CJ Tanedo and Tyago Almario

Unmasking the Dark-Beastly-Spirits of the Existing Great Babylon

Touring galleries this season

Ogle at this menagerie of an unusual animal kingdom speciating into
conspirators, turncoats and hoax-faced brute beasts; a kingdom
inconspicuously co-existing with man yet unnoticed by centuries of
generations. Reigning and dominating in a devastating and pompous
stampede but still only a few notices as they trample and roam the
earths. These natural brute beasts hungrily devour people, leaving
them as eating, drinking, breathing and hollow carcasses still
oblivious of their existence.
Babylon Zoo will open on Monday, 6PM, May 4, 2009 at blanc makati.
blanc is located at Crown Tower 107 H.V. dela Costa St. Salcedo
Village, Makati City. For more information please call or sms
752-0032/0920-9276436 , email or visit


Surrounded by Water “In the Ocean Without A Boat or A Paddle”

Surrounded by Water “In the Ocean Without A Boat or A Paddle”

Surrounded by Water, an art collective, composed of Argie Bandoy, Vic
Balanon, Jonathan Ching, Mariano Ching, Louie Cordero, Christina Dy,
Eduardo Enriquez, Lyra Garcellano, Geraldine Javier, Mike Munoz, Gary
Pastrana, Amiel Roldan, Eric Roca, Frederick Sausa, Yasmin Sison,
Keiye Miranda Tuazon, Wire Tuazon. Ferdz Valencia and Alvin Villaruel
will have their group show on Saturday April 18, 2009 4pm at blanc
compound Shaw.

Blanc compound Shaw is located at 359 Shaw Blvd. Mandaluyong City. For
more information please visit or email call/sms


Janet Balbarona “She Kept It Bleeding ‘Til the Second Round”

Janet Balbarona

“She Kept It Bleeding ‘Til the Second Round”

by Yonina Chan

Caught in the fragile, fateful moment between holding on and letting go, Janet Balbarona’s first solo show attempts to piece together the remains of memory and emotion, each painfully carted from past experiences and gingerly assembled into surreal visual narratives that flesh out the experiences of anger, sadness, loss, and disappointment.

As with Balbarona’s previous works, the pieces in “She Kept It Bleeding ‘Til the Second Round” are unapologetically autobiographical. Largely expressionistic compositions depict actual events in hyperrealistic snatches, and inevitably reveal the complex workings of the artist’s inner world. People are portrayed with a sentimental detailing of faces and clothes, which suggests the artist’s attempt to process and preserve her relationship experiences through her idiosyncratic fixation on fashion. Conversely, other perceivably less important elements—hands, feet, bodies, furniture, backdrops—are left to fade away into open space.

In alluding to the underlying story behind each piece, various subjects—many strange, mundane, or just seemingly out of place—weave dreamlike into each other, implying a connection between them: a flood of Valiums, a cigarette studded deer, old typewriters, bamboo shoots and leaves (notably done in traditional Chinese painting style), baboons, and bandana-wrapped skulls, to name a few. While obviously alluding to very personal symbolism, there is nevertheless a playful sense of accessibility to each painting which encourages the viewer to surrender to their own fantasy and the impossible logic that the compositions afford.

While Balbarona previously held onto painful emotions or “kept it bleeding” as a kind of motivation for her art, she now considers her work moving towards closure and catharsis. In fleshing out her demons on the canvas, she captures a delicate and ultimately precious illuminating pause which underscores the images of confusion, indifference, tiredness, and pain, thus offering a sense of hope and possibility in a very subtle yet powerful way.

“She Kept It Bleeding ‘Til the Second Round,” opens on Monday, March 23, 6PM at Blanc Gallery, Makati. Blanc Gallery is located at 2E Crown Tower, 107 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati. For more information, please visit or, or contact 752-0032, 0920-9276436 or