Arts and Culture (01/13/21)

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Ortigas Library releases e-book 

THE ORTIGAS Library has released an e-book version of one of its titles, Hispanic Philippine Churches: An Architectural Study by Benito Legarda, Jr. The book — in PDF format with a file size of 96MB — is available for purchase for P250. For details, e-mail the library at

2 exhibits open at Silverlens

SILVERLENS opened two exhibits on Jan. 9 — “spiritual thug lyf” featuring works by Gene Paul Martin, and a group show called “Considered Gestures” — both of which will run until Feb. 6.  Gene Paul Martin’s solo exhibit, “spiritual thug lyf,” is described by the gallery as a “a mesmerizing painting tour de force collapsing boundaries of abstraction, figuration, and landscape genres into a phantasmic panorama of shifting contexts and mutable identities that represent states of transcendental awareness born of aesthetic freedom.” Among the pieces in the exhibit is the colossal remember the future, an 8×12-foot oil on canvas, which addresses “issues on abstraction vis-à-vis representation, which the strategic solution accordingly is to apply these differing modes into hybridized fashion within the aegis of an apparent narrative composition, spatially fragmented or fractal they maybe, that might consist of a strange and surreal dimension.” According to the gallery, “Martin is inspired by the electronic music that he generates which feeds on glitch harmonies, dissonant gestalts, and blissful drones, all harnessed by intuition from the chaos and noise of random esoterica. Thus the visual language that he produces is a kind of poetic revolution which resists the systems that bind and control, in other words, a thug’s life at the edge of aesthetic reason.” The second exhibit, “Considered Gestures,” curated by Yael Buencamino,  features works by Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Gina Osterloh, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Maria Taniguchi, Lee Aguinaldo, Jose Joya, Arturo Luz, and Fernando Zobel. “This show forges a partnership between the modern and the contemporary by featuring eight artists from two distinct generations. From the contemporary camp, Silverlens’ artists Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Maria Taniguchi, Gina Osterloh, and Gary-Ross Pastrana exhibit non-representational pieces alongside abstract works by seasoned artistic figures, Fernando Zobel, Arturo Luz, Lee Aguinaldo, and Jose Joya. When viewed together in one setting, this varied collection will illustrate how the genre is far from homogeneous and is in constant flux.” The gallery accepts visitors by appointment only, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To contact the gallery, which is located at 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati, call 8816-0044, 0917-587-4011, or e-mail

BP releases new dance video

BALLET Philippines (BP) has released a new dance video, Galvanized House, described as “a celebration of its rich cultural and eccentric tapestries of a Filipino home — with the everyday material of a ‘yero’ (e.g. galvanized sheets) and the innate soulful Filipinos that brings together the love for music and a sense of community.” Choreographed by Mikhael Martynyuk and E.Panfilov, the dance video can be viewed at

West Gallery’s upcoming exhibitions

WEST Gallery will open four exhibits — a group show and three solo exhibits — on Jan. 14 which will run until Feb. 13. “End of the Spectrum” is a group show featuring works by Allan Balisi, Bjorn Calleja, Jonathan Ching, Don Dalmacio, Paolo Icasas, Jonathan Olazo, Soler Santos, and Art Tavera. The three solo shows are: Ayka Go’s “Play, Cut, Stick, Paint”; Jemima Yabes’ “Chops, Ham, Head”; and, Nicole Tee’sPeeking Out from Under the Blanket.” Visitors to the gallery — located at 48 West Ave., Quezon City — are welcome by appointment only. Contact the gallery at  3411-0336. It’s open Monday to Saturday, from 89 a.m. to 4 p.m.