Exhibit honors frontliners

ARTIST Juanito Torres, who has built his practice around the “mythologizing” aspects of Philippine nation-building, will be opening a one-man show entitled The New Reality: Truth is Stranger than Fiction on Oct. 21 at Galerie Joaquin at the UP Town Center in Diliman, Quezon City. It will run until Oct. 31.

BGCArts holds glass art workshops

BGCArts (Bonifacio Global City) will be holding glass art workshops, in partnership with Lundbeck Philippines, Inc., in celebration of World Mental Health Month. The workshops will be held online, under the tutelage of Fchel Estanislao. Workshop 1 on Oct. 17, is Best in Glass, which tackles glass painting on everyday glassware. It is open to students ages seven and above. Workshop 2 on Oct. 24 is Artistic Transfiguration, which is a glass to wood workshop. Both classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Zoom. Access to the workshops is by donation — the requested donation amount is P500. The contribution supports programs that champion the arts in the community and helps artists affected by the pandemic. For details inquire via e-mail at programs@artsatbgc.org.

Artists join Araneta City’s mental health campaign

AS ARANETA City continues to campaign #YouMatter for World Mental Health Day, the Gateway Gallery launched the Gallery in Your Hands exhibit on Oct. 11 via its mobile app. The virtual exhibit features artworks depicting different struggles and inspiring journeys of artists who once suffered and recovered from mental illnesses. These artists are now staunch advocates of fighting the stigma on mental health.  Among the artists who shared their works for the virtual exhibit are Paulo Dumlao, Christine Sioco, Tarik Garcia, Sasha Garcia,  Enrico Paulo Cipcon Gregory, Mary Michelle Ibisate, Merc Tenorio, Melissa Basmayor, Ja Turla, Vanessa G. Tan Gana, and Samantha Kei Manansala. Download the Gateway Gallery mobile app to view all the pieces in the #YouMatter virtual gallery. Interested buyers of any of the exhibit artwork can contact Gateway Gallery via its official Facebook page @GatewayGallery. 

Kwago holds its last Bad Connection

IN RESPONSE to the global pandemic and the current socio-political condition, Kwago bookstore has been hosting Bad connection or subtitles to silence — a series of 20-minute art performances over Zoom featuring various artists and poets across Asia. Bad connection or subtitles to silence does not announce who is performing at each gathering to give room for surprise, serendipity, and spontaneity. Bad Connection, which began staging performances last May, is now in its sixth and final installment for the year.  In collaboration with the Japan Foundation, Bad Connection will also be releasing a publication and will be mounting an exhibition by year end. It will also hold an artists conference in February 2021. The last online gathering is on Oct. 16, 8:30 p.m. The event is free. Just bring a pen and paper.  Follow the link to join Bad Connection/5: http://bit.ly/joinbadconnection5. Visit the Facebook event page for more details: http://bit.ly/BC5day_ . To have a glimpse of the past gatherings, visit Kwago’s Youtube page: bit.ly/kwagoTV.

Haegue Yang works  on view at MCAD

THE MUSEUM of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde brings the genre-defying artworks and installation pieces of celebrated South Korean artist Haegue Yang in her first solo exhibition in the Philippines titled The Cone of Concern. Curated by MCAD Director Joselina “Yeyey” Cruz, the titular Cone of Concern refers to a graphic tool for weather forecasting that specifically traces the path of an oncoming storm or tropical depression. This system built to predict the path of a typhoon presents how humans attempt to confront natural phenomena. The artistic proposal in the midst of this concept is to draw out the metaphoric towards the notion of solidarity amongst those facing difficult circumstances, and with human imagination, understand our very own condition in the universe. The exhibition features a complex layer of objects — woven anthropomorphic sculptures, light sculptures, rotating sound bells, whirlwind-derived structures, textile canopies and sound elements — against a lenticular print backdrop of a digitally altered meteorological image. The exhibit will have an exclusive online viewing on Oct. 15, 5  p.m. through the official Facebook channels of the museum @MCADManila. In compliance with the health and social distancing protocols, art enthusiasts who wish to visit the physical gallery should book an appointment beginning Oct. 16 through https://www.mcadmanila.org.ph/the-cone-of-concern/. The Cone of Concern will be on view until Feb. 28. MCAD is located at the De La Salle-College Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts Campus, Dominga St., Malate, Manila.

Silverlens’ upcoming exhibits

SILVERLENS’ upcoming exhibitions will be accessible both online through individual exhibition catalogues and on site in the gallery space, beginning on Oct. 17, 10 a.m., until Nov. 21. The main exhibition is a solo show by Norberto Roldan entitled Ziggurat. He will be featuring 19 installation works that repurposes found objects. A majority of these pieces were salvaged from the fire that ravaged Green Papaya where the artist stored most of his works. Roldan has also since constructed three new installations, which he will debut in this exhibition. In the gallery’s secondary space will be a solo show by the late Pacita Abad entitled Masks and Spirits. This show, which lifts its title from Abad’s celebrated series, will feature five vibrant large-scale trapunto paintings from 1982 through 1994. While the gallery has previously shown Abad’s Masks and Spirits works outside the country, this exhibition marks the first time her pieces will be gathered and displayed in Silverlens’ space. Alongside these two shows is a solo exhibit by Yvonne Quisumbing entitled Apothecary: Prelude at the gallery’s Front Room, Quisumbing presents a new set from her APOTHECARY series: 10 paintings executed on a sculptural medium — fiberglass. These pieces are rooted in Philippine heritage and are inspired by Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing’s Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. To schedule a visit to the gallery, visit https://bit.ly/Visit-Silverlens. The gallery is at 2263 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City.

Play with Art Filter on your phone, learn about art

GOOGLE has launched five educational and fun 3D-modeled augmented reality filters on the Google Arts and Culture app based on iconic paintings, objects, and accessories from all over the world. People can now take a video or image of themselves and become Van Gogh or Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits, or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. They can wear a traditional Samurai helmet or an Ancient Egyptian necklace. Users can explore the artifacts in high-quality detail from every angle. History and context are available for every filter to make the experience educational. The team behind the product update is guided by Google’s AI Principles to build the feature with social benefit, security, privacy and scientific rigor top of mind. Art Filter applies machine learning-based image processing because making this kind of AR feature possible needs a sophisticated anchoring of the virtual content to the real world. Through this approach, the artifacts are able to position themselves organically and smoothly on people’s head or react to their facial expression. Art Filter — similar to the popular Art Selfie feature — runs completely on any device; videos and photos are not stored unless the user chooses to save them or share them with friends. To get started, open the free Google Arts & Culture app for Android or iOS and tap the rainbow camera icon at the bottom of the homepage.

Curatorial development webinar

AN ONLINE Talk for the Curatorial Development Workshop series to be hosted live on Zoom and Facebook on Oct. 21, 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. A project of the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), the Philippine Contemporary Art Network (PCAN), and the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum, the Public Talk will have as its speakers Kamiya Yukie (Gallery Director, Japan Society, New York), Chuong-Dai Vo (Researcher, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong), and Taufik Darwis (Co-Founder, Bandung Performing Arts Forum, Bandung), as they share their insights on art and curation in their respective practice in these challenging times. The Online Talk is free and open to all. To join, register in Zoom at http://bit.ly/CuratorialDevelopmentTalk or follow the Official Event Page (https://web.facebook.com/events/341854070463053/) and The Japan Foundation, Manila on Facebook.