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Middle Ground

Artist/Type of Exhibit Nemo Aguila, Darrel Ballesteros

Date : January 12

Time : 6:00PM

Two opposing notions are often found in both ends of a spectrum and neither meet without compromise. Needs and wants are one of those tried and true pairs. Two divergent ideas that have been put against each other for years and remains to be a main fixture in today’s society. Often viewed as a choice of either this or that, a life focused on necessity or desire is often the dilemma. But despite this, two opposing notions never truly remain black or white. 

Between two extreme oppositions lies an area of compromise; a space in which one can have the luxury of both, but at the expense of having to work twice as much. The middle ground is the sweet spot that comes with a price. It is a conscious effort at balance, never a chance encounter or something one bumps into happenstance. It is work. But should we be surprised? Nothing worth having ever comes easy. 

 In Middle Ground, Nemo Aguila and Darrel Ballesteros meet halfway with two different styles, one dark and the stuff ominous legends are made of, and the other leaning towards a colorful systematic playfulness. A common thread brings the two together to create a reflection of the intricacies of creating a balance between passion and obligation.

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Concrete Kamote

Artist/Type of Exhibit Kris Abrigo, Francis Bejar, Potti Lesaguis, Gene Paul Martin, Chalk Zaldivar

Date : September 22, 2017

Time : 6:00PM

“The curious collective cultivation of creative concepts with cultural connections is a class component in constructing caricatures of capitalism and commodification of customs in the consumerist community”


This group show is a crack at displaying how each artist farms his viewpoints to harvest distinct ideas that become produce in the art market. As a result, the variety of artworks somehow form a coherent foliage whose primary goal is to send awareness to the audience. Concrete Kamote also rediscovers every artist’s individuality that is deeply rooted in the social backyards of his own habitat. A collection of identities anchored by rigid foundations that make them resilient to social commercial conformism.

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Savage Eden

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Jana Brike

Date : September 22, 2017

Time : 6:00 PM

Jana Brike’s Savage Eden is a metaphor for that inner soulspace where human experiences, emotions, revelations and storytelling take place. It is also a metaphor of the primordial home where you can be free, wild and happy, and where life through its trials and tribulations is taking you back, transformed into a new huger form, into a newfound inherent innocence.

For Brike innocence is living with openhearted immediacy. It is living out your wildest dreams. It is courage, it is true freedom that is not mistaken just for little liberties, and it is the ability to truly experience love that is not mistaken for living in illusions about another. And at the same time it is to play, enjoying the moment with fully open senses like there is no tomorrow. It means to stop trying to squeeze your huge shining supernova of a heart into those little gray boxes that are marked as “what we expect of you” or “appropriateness” and so on by society, and living a full life of full experiences.

These visual poems blend together the beauty and cruelty of life, its preciousness and fleetingness, lushness and decay, birth and death and the bittersweetness that comes through aware witnessing of it all.


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