Exhibitions

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Terratorial Pissings

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Various Artists

Date : May 12, 2016

Time : 7PM

The artists were not selected randomly. They are from a loose group who choose to traverse the city, the urban landscape and its peripheries, by bicycle, once in a while, and some on skateboard.  It is a mobility that offers a different perspective of the city in transit. Cycling, to be on two wheels, other than four, to be on wheels rather than on foot, is an engagement with terrain that seemingly verges on psychogeographic, that also teeters on schizophrenic (neither pedestrian nor vehicular), and retro-futurist utopian, in a seeming incongruence with the dystopia that is Metro Manila, that we’re better off keeping track of our commute as stray dogs and cats spraying the pavements with their incontinence .

Psychogeography is an approach to geography that emphasizes playfulness and “drifting” around urban environments. It has links to the Situationist International.  Psychogeography was defined in 1955 by Guy Debord as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”Another definition is “a whole toy box full of playful, inventive strategies for exploring cities… just about anything that takes pedestrians off their predictable paths and jolts them into a new awareness of the urban landscape.” (Wikipedia)

These artists would articulate in their favored media how they map out their own psychogeographies. And no, this is not a show about bicycles.

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Muralla Poster website

Muralla

Artist/Type of Exhibit : Eko Canlas, John Lawrence Canto, Mr. S, Quatro, Qudo, Rai Cruz

Date : May 12, 2016

Time : 7PM

Bordered by ancient walls and peppered with universities, Muralla is a fusion of the old and the new. Located at the south of Intramuros, Muralla stands at the edge of the walked city. With a wall that oozes both strength and the history that lies in its crevices right at their doorstep, it has served as both a hangout and a muse for the students. From its impenetrable structute to the cannon beds that once lay instruments of war, now lays people looking for a view; from its cultural relevance to the picturesque view of the sunset and the skyline, Muralla is a street of the old world that’ll never die in the past.

“Muralla” is a witness to the magic of the street. Made through the eyes of the students affixed there, the exhibit is a testament to their experiences and observations in the walled city. An ode to the walled city that’ll never be truly put to rest.

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Kingdom of Fiends

Artist/Type of Exhibit : James Esguerra

Date : May 12, 2016

Time : 7PM

An outlandish array of artistic experimentation, James Esguerra’s paintings are superlative from a flock of crows that strive to lam the drought of ingenuity. His works are a confectionary treat of modest contradiction of art criterion, a bold and uncertain choice for most individuals in the art world.  A man with a hundred influences, he thrives in the simple joys of his childhood and his present day interests, which in turn becomes highly evident in his works that are a mix of Post-modernism, comic illustration, surrealism with a cartoony feel; hence his love for classic cartoons such as Ren and Stimpy, Beavis and Butthead to name a few.

He has grown to be an individual that is very understanding of the art in comics, computer games/characters, Japanese culture and b movies combined with his fetish for weird and dark humor. At the same time, his proclivity in horror movies, metal music, and religious iconography, are a vital measure of his wild, relentless brainwork and imagination.

His paintings showcase an ethereal blend of neon colors and chaotic gruesomeness, festive themes with macabre beings, bright and jolly characters with blasphemous ideologies, all of which are meticulously crafted on a canvass to demonstrate the glory in planned ataxia.

Esguerra marries finesse and unorthodox methodologies in his paintings that are far from the traditional or “usual” ways. Kingdom of Fiends is an event that would either satiate your sweet tooth for artistic interest and appreciation or take you into a twisted domain of confusion and imagination beyond the realms of usual norms and semantics.

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