This week’s art hop: exhibits to catch from July 3 to 9

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Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — This week, get your art fix by attending exhibit openings or going to the ones you might have missed out on in the last few weeks.

Opening this week

“Does it Have to Mean Anything?” (July 7, Friday)

See work by Earl Lopez, Kenneth Quijano, and Kirk Dijamco in “Does it Have to Mean Anything?” opening at POST Gallery, Cubao X (Gen. Romulo Avenue, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City) on July 7, Friday.

Blanc Gallery Photo from BLANC GALLERY/FACEBOOK

“Dissent Living” by Julio San Jose, “Speaking in Tongues” by Martin Honasan, and “The Silence from Our Passing” by Rene Bituin (July 8, Saturday)

Catch three solo shows this July 8 at Blanc Gallery (145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City) namely Julio San Jose’s “Dissent Living,” Martin Honasan’s “Speaking in Tongues,” and Rene Bituin’s “The SIlence from Our Passing.” Show starts at 6 p.m and all exhibits run until July 29.

Ongoing shows


The Library of Unread Books,” the first project under MCAD Commons (FIRST Coworking Community, Rm. 502 & 506, First United Building, 413 Escolta St., Binondo, Manila), is “the second iteration of a ten-year-long project” initiated by Heman Chong and Renée Staal. Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday until Aug. 26, the “library” is comprised of donated books unread by their previous owners.


Thing Object Stuff” is a group show curated by Lena Cobangbang, on view at Galerie Roberto (Molito Lifestyle Extension Building, Madrigal Ave. cor. Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa City) until July 18. The show “affirms an artwork’s primacy in being objects, confronting its matterhood and physicality in fleshing out a critique of how art is made and can be made beyond the usual set conventions.”

Exhibiting artists include Isa Andrew, Jan Balquin, Zeus Bascon, Con Cabrera, Ranelle Dial, Paola Germar, Ayka Go, Kitty Kaburo, Lou Lim, Veronica Peralejo, Tekla Tamoria, Mac Valdezco, Gail Vicente, Marija Vicente and Tanya Villanueva.

hypnotic synthesis.jpg Photo from ARTERY ART SPACE/FACEBOOK

Hypnotic Synthesis,” a group show featuring new work by Art Tavera, Gail Vicente, WIPO, and Eva Yu, is on display at ARTERY Art Space (102 P. Tuazon Blvd., Cubao, Quezon City) until July 22.


Three shows that also opened last weekend are Jonathan Ching’s collage show, “Cut, Paste, Repeat.,” MM Yu’s new paintings in “Other Than,” and a group show, “A Drawing Show,” curated by Nilo Ilarde, and featuring work by Brisa Amir, Vic Balanon, Elmer Borlongan, Nice Buenaventura, Nicole Coson, Lara delos Reyes, Ian Fabro, Jen Magbanua, Kat Ortiz, Michelle Perez, Mona Santos, Soler Santos, Tatong Torres, Sidney Valdez, Alvin Zafra, Cos Zicarelli, and Raj Zulueta. The exhibit is on view at Underground Gallery (2F, Makati Cinema Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City) until July 22.

Manga Hokusai Manga Photo from ATENEO ART GALLERY/FACEBOOK

An homage to both manga and Hokusai (of “The Great Wave” notoriety), “Manga Hokusai Manga” is an exhibit presented by the Ateneo Art Gallery, The Japan Foundation, Manila, and The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. “Manga Hokusai Manga” is on display at the Ateneo Art Gallery (Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City) until July 28. The Gallery is holding activities such as a workshop, lectures, and a film screening in conjunction with the show.

Finale Art File.jpg Photo from FINALE ART FILE/FACEBOOK

Three shows at Finale Art File (Warehouse 17, La Fuerza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City) opened last June 30: Michelle Pérez and Monica Delgado’s two-person show, “Painting in Trouble (is a Temporary Thing),” Nicole Coson’s “Skin,” and Catalina Africa’s “The end of a new me.” All shows run until July 29.


Kicking off MO_Space X, a series of exhibits to celebrate the space’s tenth year, is a revisitation of the late Roberto Chabet’s “Waves,” an installation previously on view at the CCP in 1975. The show opened on July 1 and is on view until July 30.

Metropolitan Museum Manila.png Photo from METROPOLITAN MUSEUM MANILA/FACEBOOK

“Distinct Refinements: Painting from the Provinces” opened last June 22 at the MET Tall Galleries. Seeking to shed a light on artists based in regions outside of Manila (where most of the attention on art is focused), “Distinct Refinements” includes selected pieces from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Art Collection, other partner institutions, and private collectors, such as those by Juan Senson of Angono, Pedro Salazar of Batangas, and Tomas Diores of Cebu, among others. The exhibit is on view until Oct. 28.


Ending soon

  • Catch Jayson Oliveria’s “50/50,” which runs until July 8. The show is on view at 20:20 (20a La Fuerza Plaza 1, 2241 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City).

  • On display until July 15 at West Gallery (48 West Ave., Quezon City): Kim Hamilton Sulit’s “Domestic Dusk, new works for The Mona Lisa Project (feat. work by Brisa Amir, Lendl Arvin, Pope Bacay, Jan Balquin, Pin Calacal, Lec Cruz, Gale Encarnacion, Carzan Esprela, Ayka Go, David Griggs, John Marin, Gene Paul Martin, Leonardo Onia, Veronica Pee, Julio San Jose, and Nicole Tee), Beejay Esber’s “Default,” and Neil Dela Cruz’s “Sub.”

  • Closing on July 18 are “It’s Never the Same,” a solo show by José Santos III and “Per Square Inch,” a group show curated by Leo Abaya (featuring work by Leo Abaya, Raena Abella, Bea Alcala, Brisa Amir, Johnny Alcazaren, Pope Bacay, Jan Balquin, Zean Cabangis, Pin Calacal, Jef Carnay, Marika Constantino, Lec Cruz, Jess De Leon, Christina Dy, Chia Chen-Ju Kitty Kaburo, Gregory Halili, Nilo Ilarde, JC Jacinto, Isha Naguiat, Elaine Navas, Veronica Pee, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Carina Santos, Isabel Santos, José Santos III, Luis Santos, Pam Yan Santos, Nicole Tee, Gale Encarnacion, and MM Yu).

 Both shows are on view at The Drawing Room (Ground Floor, Building C, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Ave Ext., Makati City).