Phosphenes | August 14-30, 2018

Artists Aileen Dela Cruz, Anne Lacaba, Leny Leonor and Tokwa Peñaflorida come together in a group exhibition titled “Phosphene”. The title refers to a visual phenomenon wherein the eyes detect or see rings or spots of light brought upon by stimulations other than an actual light source. Metaphorically, it stands for the recurring images that the artists are currently exploring in their respective creative practice. In iconography, this can be referred to as a motif, a recurring image in a composition which is employed for its symbolic function or as a decorative element, motif in common parlance can be synonymous to the terms “theme” or “style”. While the four artists differ in styles and themes, they are brought together by the way they incorporate the use of motif in their works not only for this exhibition but in their entire body of works.

| Dark | Light | August 14 – 30, 2018

Poverty is a reaper that harvests what’s in every single one of us — it leaves us empty, and numbed that we may endure all the darkness of the present. Denmark clinches on this idea, and is asserted in the overall outlook of his works. The transparency of the grudgingly looking eyes, the tumultuous texture of barbed wires, and the distinctive portrayal of mother and child does not simply explain but successfully promulgate that the absence of security is responsible for our social unrest.


Ang Polonpolon Mula Sa Lemuria By William Gaudinez | February 10 – 26, 2018

Sa kanyang eksibisyong, Ang Polonpolon mula sa Limurya, naipapakita ni William Gaudinez ang kahalagahan ng panunumbalik sa mga sinaunang simbolo upang bigyan ng dalumat at bagong konteksto ang mga saloobin ukol sa kinagisnan at paroroonan. Sa kanyang mga mumunti-munting retablo at iskultura, isinasakatuparan ni Gaudinez ang paniniwala ng mga sekta sa Bundok Banahaw na ang kapuluan ng Pilipinas ay galing sa kontinente ng Lemuria na sinasabing tigib sa misteryo at modernong sibilisasyon bago ito gumuho sa karagatang Pasipiko o Indiano.

Anemoia by Lenoardo Onia | February 10-26, 2018

In the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, “anemoia” is described as “nostalgia for a time you’ve never known.” As a collection of works in a gallery, Anemoia is an exhibition that allows the viewer to enter a space of recollection, recalling places he has never seen and a time in which he has never lived.

Off-Center, Of Center By Arvi Fetalvero | January 13 – February 2, 2018

Upon entering the exhibition space, the first work to greet the viewer is a sculpture made of lace tied into a condensed bundle of knots. It is placed directly in front of the gallery entrance, approximately at the middle of the gallery area as if saying that this is the focal point of the entire exhibition, and it just as well might be since this work represents the center or core, an area of high density and activity where everything converges like a symbolic hub. One might even assume that this is the most important piece in this exhibition; on the contrary, as the artist emphasized in its title, this work is Beside the Point.

TUKLAS | November 25 – December 20, 2017

Artistic talent cannot exist in a vacuum. The artist working in his cell, waiting for inspiration to strike and, when it does, paint his grandiose vision in a flurry of brushstrokes is a tired trope in art history. Even the most hermetic of artists (Van Gogh comes to mind) had some support. More so in this contemporary moment in which the creative climate encourages collaboration, openness, and critique. To be an artist today is to be receptive and responsive to ideas, to be implicated in a web of relations which, one hopes, will deeply inform, energize, and improve his practice in more ways than one.