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Gender in Justiniano Asuncion’s Portraitures

Entitled Art & Family: The Asuncion Legacy, Ayala Museum’s latest exhibition features the paintings, illustrations and sculptures of the three artists in the Asuncion family–Mariano, Leoncio, and Justiniano. The exhibition is seemingly poised as an attempt to accentuate the contributions of the brothers to Philippine art history, especially in the so-called academia period–the era upon the […]

Towards Paradise: A Review of For She Loved Fiercely, and She is Well-Loved (2010) by Geraldine Javier

Although a painter by training, Geraldine Javier, a prolific Filipina artist and awardee of the Thirteen Artist Awards of the Cultural Center of the Philippines on 2003, is known for her works making use of a variety of materials — largely organic ones, such as threads, feathers, twigs, and other dead natural specimen. Through the use of […]

Life as Perpetual Tentativeness: A Short Analysis of Madadayo (2013) by Ringo Bunoan

Filipina artist Ringo Bunoan’s Madadayo (2013), which was previously exhibited at the Manila Contemporary last 2013, is an installation composed of a series of grayscale photographs, and a reconstructed boat. At its core, it is an artwork that is influenced by Japanese notions of beauty, reflecting the philosophies of wabi (侘, understated beauty) and mono […]

Navigating through Troubled Water: A Review of Through Troubled Water, for High Times and Love (2016) by Abigail Dionisio

In the recently concluded 2015 – 2016 Philippine Art Awards (PAA), the premiere biennial visual arts competition aspired for by both established and emerging individuals, twenty artists among a total of around 500 participants from different regions of the country stood out with the judges. One of these artists is Bulakenyo Abigail Dionisio, with her piece that won […]

Unsteady Homes: A Review of Passage III | Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

This quarter’s exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum, entitled Odyssey: Navigating Nameless Seas, is dedicated to the selected artists’ explorations of the elements of water bodies, and their historical and contemporary connotations. From being the motherly space where all lifeforms originated to being the ravenous space whose waves consume ships that attempt to cross over, the ocean had always been the […]