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
Kristoffer Ardeña, Klaus Wanker, and Micaela Benedicto at 1335MABINI (July 28, Friday)
Opening on Friday, July 28, is the next installment of 1335MABINI Projects’ “CUMULUS BLIMP: A Transnational Platform of Discourse,” which “aims to induce diverse perspectives on the agenda of cultural engagement.” Involved with the project are artists from the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Austria, America, and Israel. Following the first show, mounted by Rinne Abrugena from the Philippines and Iabadiou Piko from Indonesia, is another by Filipino artists Kristoffer Ardeña and Micaela Benedicto, in conversation with Austria’s Klaus Wanker.
The show will open at 6 p.m. in conjunction with an artist’s talk with Kristoffer Ardeña and Micaela Benedicto, moderated by 1335MABINI’s curator-in-residence, Roy Voragen. 1335MABINI is located at 1335 A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
“By Sword and Fire” by Renz Baluyot (July 28, Friday)
Renz Baluyot’s “By Sword and Fire” opens at the U.P. Vargas Museum (Jorge B. Vargas Museum and Filipiniana Research Center, Roxas Ave., U.P. Diliman, Quezon City) on Friday, July 28. The show opens with support from Japan’s YOD Gallery, with whom Baluyot undertook an artist residency in Osaka, Japan in 2016. In “By Sword and Fire,” Baluyot “contemplates on the Second World War and the relationships formed through this history.”
View the Facebook event page for more information.
“Extreme Present” (July 28, Friday)
“Extreme Present” is Mono8’s inaugural show, and aims to address the pluralism in contemporary art by asking “What now? What next?” Catch work by local and foreign artists currently showing in the Manila scene: Arvin Flores, Bembol dela Cruz, Buboy Canafranca, Carlo Ricafort, Clarence Chun, Cocoy Lumbao, Cris Villanueva, David Griggs, Dexter Sy, Ernest Concepcion, Gino Bueza, Jayson Oliveria, Jeremiah Tallent, Juan Carlos Quintana, Jigger Cruz, Kawayan De Guia, Kelli Maeshiro, Lena Cobangbang, Luis Santos, Mai Saporsantos, Martin Honasan, Mike Crisotomo, MM Yu, Soler Santos, Timo Roter, Van Tuico, and Vic Balanon.
Mono8 is located at the ground floor of 1335 A. Mabini St., Ermita, Manila. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
Drop by Underground Gallery (2F Makati Cinema Square, 2130 Don Chino Roces Ave., Makati City) on Saturday, July 29 at 6 p.m. for two solo shows — Nicole Tee’s first one-woman show, “Cut from the Same Cloth,” and Potti Lesaguis’ “Fancy Plastics” — and a group show, “Giving Good People Bad Ideas,” featuring work by Geremy Samala, Bjorn Calleja, Edric Go, Rene Bituin, Gene Paul Martin, Don Dalmacio, Glenn Lui Pucio, Beth Celeste, Shalimar Gonzaga, Emmanuel Sutton, Rhex Dacaymat, CHILL, Manuel Arabit, and Ikea Rizalon. For more information, visit Underground Gallery’s Facebook page.
Closing on July 29 at Finale Art File (Warehouse 17, La Fuerza, 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati City) are Michelle Pérez and Monica Delgado’s “Painting in Trouble (is a Temporary Thing),” Nicole Coson’s “Skin,” and Catalina Africa’s “The end of a new me.”
Catch “Dissent Living” by Julio San Jose, “Speaking in Tongues” by Martin Honasan, and “The Silence from Our Passing” by Rene Bituin at Blanc Gallery (145 Katipunan Avenue, St. Ignatius Village, Quezon City) until July 29.
The late Roberto Chabet’s “Waves” is on view at MO_Space (9th Ave., Bonifacio High Street, Taguig) until July 30.
For a list of other ongoing art exhibitions, check out last week’s art hop.