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What’s on in theaters and galleries this week

Exhibits

The Plazas of Manila: Connecting the Present with the Past Through Public Space and Landmark Heritage
Yuchengco Museum, Makati City
Ongoing until September 18

The plazas, for the past four centuries, have been a symbolic place for many festivities and historical events. Today however, they are threatened by the loss of architectural heritage and street life as they are being replaced by modern communal spaces such as malls. In a bid to connect us to our culture and inspire us to create a bright urban future, this exhibit presents the major plazas of Manila.

This ongoing exhibit showcases 11 panels of existing plazas in Manila in digital images, aerial panoramas, videos, interactive maps and graphics. Each piece tells a story of our past that sparks rediscovery in our present and hopes to inspire the vision of future generations.

For more information, visit www.yuchengcomuseum.org

 

Floodline: Kris Abrigo
1/F Artery Portal, Artery Art Space, Quezon City
Ongoing until September 23

For this week, contemporary visual artist Kris Abrigo takes over the Artery Portal of the Razzle Dazzle group exhibition to showcase his artwork focused on geometric abstraction. With geometry as his foundation, the University of the Philippines-educated artist touches upon a variety of interests on the built environment and merges them into his mural painting, sculpture and design.

Abrigo, who has done street art and illustrations featured in magazines, murals for residential spaces, and sculptures for furniture shops, showcases art and design whose expressions encompass social concerns and become complex representations of our modern aspiration for progress.

For more details about Abrigo’s installation and Razzle Dazzle group exhibition, dial (02) 725-2837 or visit www.arteryartspace.com

 

Finders Keepers
Upstairs Gallery, Finale Art File, Makati City
Ongoing until September 26

In this group exhibition of recent Fine Arts graduates from the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas, the young artists showcase artwork that highlight the idea of home – both physical space and connected ecology, and both launching the site and repository of discreet objects and memories.

The works of Nathalie Dagmang, Marge de Jesus, Ayka Go, Kitty Kaburo, Isha Naguiat and Henrielle Pagkaliwangan on exhibit generally take off from their respective undergraduate thesis works, incubated in art schools and connected by parallel practices and interests. The pieces on display range from installation to photography to paper folding to large-scale ink illustration, which collectively conjure notions of home worth holding on to and going home to.

For more information, visit www.finaleartfile.com

 

Jared Yokte: At the Rear There is Something Contrary
Gallery 1, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City
Ongoing until September 26

In his latest exhibition, Jared Yokte picks up from where he left off – where in the past he mostly featured striated human forms and dark palette – primarily showcasing boneless Chagall-like human and animal figures, stripped of their skin and which appear as though they are rainbow-colored noodles floating and tumbling in space.

This time, Yokte applied the gouged-cut effect, which is typical of linocut prints, to his oil paintings. The artwork on exhibit, surreal in nature, questions beliefs and traditions and are symbolic of the world that we live in. The title itself refers to the doubt in the back of one’s head and the little voice that gets louder in the dead of the night.

For more details, visit www.blanc.ph

 

Ambrosia
Gallery 2, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City
Ongoing until September 26

Inspired by the local rites and rituals such as the Santacruzan, Todos Los Santos, Simbang Gabi and fiestas which marked his childhood in his hometown in Angono, Isidro Santos’ latest series features contemporary artwork illustrating transformations from the physical to transcendental – such as how people follow ritual practices to appease the gods.

Santos, also known as Manong Jon, documents and memorializes the very moment of transfiguration of objects and personas from profane to sacred in each piece of his current series. In general, his latest exhibit represents the food (in the form of sacrifices) we offer the gods to elude or postpone death.

For more information, visit www.blanc.ph

 

Hamilton Sulit: Constant Encounter
Gallery 3, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City
Ongoing until September 26

In Hamilton Sulit’s fourth solo exhibition, he puts the spotlight on his latest series that uses a black and brown palette and other new materials to explore the deep and bare meanings of his subjects.

Paint, wood and light – the barest essentials – dominate his current works on display. Each painted piece features only two or three colors with only two subjects: boy and tree, tree and sky, sky and crow, crow and woman, woman and boy. Wood is used extensively: as blank slate for image transfers and as textured layers for silhouettes of human and animal figures. And the dark palette makes each canvas look like a perilous forest where the subjects find themselves lost and alone.

For more details, visit www.blanc.ph

 

Concerts

Cellofest!
Ground Floor Lobby, Ayala Museum, Makati City
September 17

For one night of spectacular musical performance, 12 cellists from the Manila Symphony Orchestra will stage a unique concert featuring special arrangements of pieces from Bach and Beethoven to Metallica.

This concert will also offer the audience a once-in-a-lifetime experience of hearing the symphony of 12 cellos blending with the brilliant coloratura voice of soprano Rachelle Gerodias.

 

Tickets are now for sale at Ayala Museum. Limited seats are available. Prices range from P300 to P500. For inquiries and more details, call (02) 759-8288 loc 31 or 35 or email [email protected]

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