On Things To Not Forget: A Review of Stirring the Ashes | Leslie De Chavez

It is in the fragile moment right before the ashes from a fire would disintegrate, be blown away and be one with nature that artist Leslie De Chavez would like to bring the viewers in his recently concluded exhibition at the Ateneo Art Gallery. With this metaphor that operates through his pieces, the artist discloses the trend within Filipino society: big, controversial […]

Composites in Protest: A Review of Yee I-Lann: 2005 – 2016

Through her works, highly-contextualized composites made from various fragments of images carefully stitched together, Sabahan artist Yee I-Lann expresses her views on the socio-political issues that surround her — whether it be on Sabahan politics, feminism, or the general colonial historicity. After being exhibited around our Southeast Asian and Asian neighbors, it is a pleasure to have her here in […]

The Ecstasy of Departure: A Review of Leaves Fall After Fall Leaves | Nona Garcia

Probably relevant to the departure and movement of the Silverlens Gallery to its new home at the Lapanday Center, the last exhibition in the Pasong Tamo Extension gallery, which fully occupies all of its exhibition spaces, dwells in the reflection of artist Nona Garcia on the experience of ‘leaving’. This human experience, which is part of a natural cycle every being […]

Layer Upon Layer: A Review of Arin Sunaryo, Maria Taniguchi, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

Although employing different styles and formats, the works of the featured two Filipino artists — Maria Taniguchi and Patricia Perez Eustacio, joined by the works of Indonesian artist Arin Sunaryo, seem to converge at a singular theme: that the repeated process of placing layers upon the existing layers in their works operates as a metaphor, depicting their continuous accumulation of […]

All is Child Play: A Review of Casafuego | Toym Imao

Perhaps to playfully criticize the role of imaginative propaganda to repaint stories from our history through mainstream media, the artist, Abdulmari “Toym” Imao, has brought together his larger than life sculptures, depicting both characters from the country’s history, and fictional “pop culture iconographies”, in his solo exhibition, entitled Casafuego. The artist mixed in elements of fantasy, imagination and child […]

Another Sense of Identity: A Review of Octoroon

With its strong offensive connotation, the name of the exhibition — Octoroon, which literally refers to people with one-eighth aboriginal blood, may lead the viewer into thinking that it is an exhibition centered on the different realities that play in the lives of these people as one-eight aboriginals within the established social construct. However, the exhibition attempted and […]

Progressive Metamorphosis: A Review of Liwanag | Aze Ong

In her exhibition series consistently and endearingly titled Liwanag, Aze Ong presents how she can expand the techniques of art-making using crochet into the large-scale. Liwanag, which translates to “light”, highlights the notion Ong wanted to convey: her journey in life of realizations and enlightenment. As per the artist: I experience a similar transformation and go [through] a ‘change in […]

Facing Anonymity: A Review of Avenida Karnabal | Max Balatbat

Bringing the fete of Avenida, or rather bringing a fete — that is Avenida into the metropolitan Makati, Max Balatbat heightens the exposure of the banal and scandalous characters he encountered into paradoxical portraits. Banking on the honor and dignity history has bestowed to portraits and the other objects and icons that signify royalty and prestige, Balatbat attempts to present the avenue of Avenida […]