Who's filling up the walls of VOV?



Artist/Type of Exhibit : Patria Regalario & Mek Yambao

Date : October 26, 2016

Time : 6PM

Hold up your hands and ball them up into fists. Then say, “this is to feel,” as you hold one of them up, and “this is to be,” as you do the same to the other–this is the modern world: a handful of declarations and an inescapable drive to remain something so authentic that it becomes impossible to name. Here is where the right hand knows its place and the left wanders, forgetting that they belong to the same ever-changing body. Now fold your hands together. That is who you are, whether you recognize it or not. Two girls enter the weird, wild woods and two women come out. Here’s what they came out carrying.
Presented by Iya Regalario and Mek Yambao, “Am” explores the individual’s many faces not as nouns but as a collection of verbs, stacking the corporeal up alongside the immaterial in acts of authentic self-creation.

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112712 cm2

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Various Artists

Date : October 26, 2016

Time : 6PM

The limitations of the physical space we occupy provide layers of triviality to our reality, influencing predispositions and affect our expectations and reactions. The same restriction taunts its occupant to fully recognize the lurking possibilities within the very obstruction that holds him captive.  112,712cm2 utilizes the designated space’s dimensions as its title, as a genesis for inspiration, making it a place beyond a room within a gallery. Artists Rene Bituin, Jan Balquin, Bjorn Calleja, Lec Cruz, Neil Dela Cruz, Edric Go, and Joel Quiñonesconverge under this theme, staging a multifaceted vantage point where the only limit is their own creativity, allowing artistic identity and diversity coalesce in a space.

In 112,712cm2 the space becomes the ground zero where Quiñones claims the floor space for his site-specific work, expanding its depth beneath the surface with his abstraction resembling an engulfing yet subservient sea. Calleja surveys the theme using territorial markers seen in parking spaces, appropriating found objects as works of art examining claimed spaces. The act of removing and displacing these markers is his act of liberating the spaces; the same liberation we find in each canvas and surfaces where fingernail sized characters are painted as if claiming their own unhinged territories. Bituin extends this act by creating abstracted images; from his wall mural analogous to a bridge leaping outside, connecting to the unknown; to his wood panel paintings that seamlessly constructs pockets of spaces lengthening the restrained area’s width. Balquin further confronts the spatial limitation through her paintings of blank canvases as her own subject matter.  Through her works, the dreadful sight of an empty canvas transforms into poetic gesture of conquering an object’s daunting presence.

Seen as a setting for human psyche and behavior, Go investigates the confined space through the lens of own culture, challenging its symbolic significance through his works. His paintings convey a narrative exploring the possibilities beyond a temporal space. The psychological implications of a space are further explored in Cruz’ paintings of surreal and absurd scenarios. In his works, he depicts the removal of boundaries between places, infusing a misplaced imagery in a displaced space. Dela Cruz’ collage of combined garish and monochrome magazine cutouts reveals images of fractured reality of society. The totality of his abstraction commands attention and if scrutinized closely, each cutout mirrors certain parts of our reality as if fitted in small fragments of spaces.

In 112,712cm2 the gallery space does not become a mere location, or an enclosed space with rectangular dimensions. The gallery space is reimagined as infinite vacant lot, a place where something may occur, an idea may exist and persist without dimensions.

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I Just Like to Look at Pictures, Pictures

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Everywhere We Shoot

Date : October 6, 2016

Time : 6PM

Having your picture taken for professional or legal identification feels like a gamble — it is never guaranteed that the results will be satisfactory. Hair swept to the side, ears sticking out, imperfections digitally smoothed out. Oddly, a picture that is supposed to validate your existence becomes a non-flattering representation of yourself.

Everywhere We Shoot playfully takes this experience and turns it into a comical process. I Just Like To Look at Pictures, Pictures is an assembly of sixty 1×1 portraits, taken similarly to shopping mall photo ID services. By manipulating the photos to create new and warped identities, Everywhere We Shoot offers an experimental perspective out of a common and formal image.

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