Arts & Culture (11/11/20)

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Website and online series for contemporary performance

KOMUNIDAD X, the “anti-disciplinary” collective arm of Sipat Lawin, Inc. (SLI), launches the first-ever Virtual Resource Center for Contemporary Performance in the Philippines on Nov. 21. The website, kXchange.org aims to capture and collate contemporary performances developed in the Philippines, all across Asia, and the world. The website will serve as an online platform for series of interviews, panel discussions, and it will support contemporary artists in their works and publications. The first of this online series, co-organized with The Japan Foundation, Manila, is the UTSUROI Live Archives showcasing performances and intercultural exchanges between the Philippines and Japan from Nov. 24 to Dec. 19. This will feature the works and interviews of contemporary Filipino and Japanese artists such as: Eisa Jocson, Fujiwara Chikara, Ishigami Natsuki, Takeda Riki, Guelan Luarca, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Issa Manalo Lopez, Chesca Casauay, Andrei Pamintuan, and Sipat Lawin, Inc., among others. Directors of Japan-led artist meetings and network exchanges Maruoka Hiromi (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) and Tada Junnosuke (Asian Performing Arts Farm 2020) will talk about the relationship between Japanese and Philippine artists, and the future of cultural exchange programs. kXchange.org will run its pilot programming for three years through its On(Line) Stage and Live Archives series. For updates, follow the Komunidad X Facebook page.

Art by the Bay goes online

ART by the Bay, a project of the Association of Pinoyprintmakers (AP), is going online with the support of the Visual Arts and Museum Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). “Art by the Bay” is AP’s bi-annual open house event that is usually held at their studio in the back of the Folk Arts Theater in the CCP Complex. For 10 years, Art by the Bay has grown an audience of artists, enthusiasts, collectors, and students, locally and internationally. Visitors of Art by the Bay can normally take part in various activities such as print sales, raffles of artworks, artist discussions, and printmaking demos. The selling of works in Art by the Bay raises funds for the association’s annual programs and the maintenance of their studio, and supports the sustainability of the printmaking practice of many artists. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the new online platform, with the theme of “reconnection and healing,” allows Art by the Bay attendees to continue to participate in this yearly anticipated event, and at the same time also gives artists the opportunity to sustain their increasingly precarious practice through the selling of their artworks. Art by the Bay is ongoing until Nov. 14 at www.artbythebay.ph. Online activities are being held every other day and will be capped off with a print raffle on Nov. 14, open to all those who purchased a print from the website. For more information about Art by the Bay, contact the Association of Pinoyprintmakers at pinoyprintmakers@gmail.com or through mobile number 0945-765-1769.

Timepieces, mid-century modern furniture at León Gallery

LEÓN Gallery will hold “Vintages,” a special online auction on fashion, art, watches, furniture, antiques, and design, on Nov. 14, 11 a.m. Guest curated by designers Jonathan Matti and Pepito Albert with Devi De Veyra, this special auction highlights luxury timepieces and mid-century modern furniture from CWC International Corp. and Midcentury Manila. Top-billing the wristwatches is a yellow gold Calatrava Ref 3796 with white dial and Roman numerals from Patek Philippe; a white gold 260th Anniversary Limited Edition Blancpain No. 230/260 with silver dial; a stainless steel Blancpain Fifty Fathoms GMT Trilogy Ref 192 with black dial; and a gaggle of Rolexes. The preview exhibit is open to the public until Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at León Gallery, Eurovilla 1, Rufino corner Legazpi Streets, Legazpi Village, Makati City. To participate in the auction, go to www.leonexchange.com and register as a buyer. Visit www.leon-gallery.com  or contact  info@leon-gallery.com  or call 856-2781 for more information.

Quirante exhibit at the BenCab Museum

PNEUMA II by Ian Quirante is now on view at BenCab Museum’s Gallery Indigo until Dec. 6. The exhibit features images of roughly painted head busts, massive fragmented concrete, obscured mountains and hills, a collage of scattered anatomical parts, familiar objects, and indiscernible words that seemingly form dreamscapes devoid of any conscious narrative. Ian Quirante has received awards from the Philip Morris Art Awards, Metrobank Art Competition, Shell National Student Art Competition and has held numerous solo and group shows in the Philippines and abroad. He currently teaches at University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts Diliman and at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Design and Arts. The BenCab Museum in Baguio is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For inquiries, e-mail bencabartfoundation@gmail.com.

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