Arts & Culture (07/29/20)

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West Gallery opens 4 exhibits

WEST GALLERY will be opening four new exhibits on July 30. They will run until Aug. 29. The exhibits are Luis Antonio Santos’ The Past as Unknowable Landscape, Dale Erispe’s Progressive Confines, Pablo Biglang-Awa’s The Tearjerker Returns, and, Neo Maestro’s Pinagbuhatan ng Kamay, Dila, Laway, atbp. The exhibits can be viewed by appointment only. To make an appointment, call 3411-0336. The gallery, which is open Monday to Saturday, is at 48 West Ave., Quezon City.

Silverlens to hold Eustaquio, Manley exhibits

SILVERLENS presents Hoarding Fossils in Blankets, an exhibition by Patricia Perez Eustaquio. In her sixth solo show with the gallery. The artist will be featuring six new tapestries that she has developed over the last two years, as well as sculptures and a selection of paintings from her Boom series. Save for a brief glimpse at an art fair, these tapestries have never been exhibited in the Philippines. Textiles have always been a central fascination for Eustaquio and as a result, the medium has inherently influenced her artistic practice and approach. In each of the tapestries she presents in this exhibition, the artist transposes paintings created by canonized Philippine artists into textiles through modern processes: photography and a digital loom. Through these “translations,” as the artist refers to them, a discourse between time frames is generated, from the historical past to an unrealized future.  Meanwhile, Silverlens will also be showing the first ever solo exhibit in the Philippines — and Asia — of American artist, Dashiell Manley. Represented by the Jessica Silverman Gallery in San Francisco, Manley, who is part Japanese, has displayed his distinct body of work in spaces all over the world, including North America, South America, Australia, and Europe. Originally planned to be held in March and April, the exhibition was postponed due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Now, a vibrant selection of the young artist’s oeuvre will be shown in a hybrid show happening simultaneously between Manila and Los Angeles, where Manley is based. In this show, Manley presents bodies of works from two series: Elegy, which he began in 2015; as well as an extension of a series he started in 2014 called the Newspaper Paintings, where he would transcribe text from the front pages of publications, such as The New York Times onto his canvas. The paintings from Elegy will be exhibited in Manila, while the periodical-inspired works will be displayed in Manley’s Los Angeles studio. Both Eustaquio and Manley’s exhibits will be on view online and onsite from Aug. 1 to Sept. 5.  Access online will be through the gallery’s exhibition catalogues which will be released on Aug. 1 at 8:30 a.m. While Silverlens’ physical space is open, gallery visits are strictly by appointment only. Schedule a visit at For more information, contact, or call 0917-587-4011 or (02) 8816-0044. The gallery is at 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave. Ext., Makati City. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, safety guidelines are being followed at the gallery. In line with the city’s guidelines for social distancing, the gallery will not be accepting any walk-ins. Gallery visits are limited and by appointment only, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Upon entering the compound, the visitor’s temperature will be taken by security guards and visitors will have to fill out a health inspection form. Hand sanitizer will be provided, and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned following each visit. All visitors are required to wear masks.

Kwago launching alternative platform

AS A response to the persistence of mis- and disinformation, Kwago bookshop has developed a new public program entitled Sitwasyon — a series of online conversations about current events with youth leaders, and a diverse group of journalists, community organizers, and workers from the sciences and the humanities. To be launched live at Facebook on Aug. 1, 4-6 p.m., through StreamYard, the first episode reflects on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the recently passed Anti-terrorism Law. Each episode is a two-hour conversation moderated by writer and teacher Roma Estrada. Every session will be recorded and documented in a free, printable zine published by Comma. Called “The Nation Under Terror,” the first episode will feature Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network and Agham Youth National. “As a publishing lab, Kwago actively looks for and develops new ways to create, distribute, process and access critical information for the public especially now that computational propaganda empowers oppressive leaders to be in positions of power,” said Kwago founder and co-founder of Sitwasyon Czyka Tumaliuan. “Sitwasyon is one of our attempts to address the question: how do we nurture meaningful and strong relationships with the communities we serve during this period of social distancing?” The event will be held online and is free to the public. More details are found in the event page: Questions can be sent in advance to the Sitwasyon panel: