Wipo’s third solo exhibition at Blanc Gallery, 04.03.21

Sa dulo ng liwanag
Ay nag-aabang
Ang talim ng ibig sabihin.

-Wipo

Time slips past seemingly faster than usual and days are blurring into one. Wipo, in his third solo exhibition, makes sense of this relative blur and reflects on the banality of life in isolation by taking notice of the fleeting moments and differentiating between the apparent sameness of memories.

From conception to production, Wipo underscores the way in which language becomes an integral part of his creative process. Hence, he examines the semantics and varying contexts associated with the word…


image courtesy of Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

not quite here”, a solo show, is Pin Calacal’s digression from the present state through the exploration of the occurrences in sleep: the physical body remains at still, while the incorporeal tends to wander.

The works reflect the artist’s constant struggle with one’s self to continue producing art while attending to mundane things in between moments of rest and restlessness — a process she fully embraces.

The arrival at a non-physical realm of the immaterial, such as the spirit, is depicted in the piece “no place”. …


Gelvezon-Tequi’s retrospect is probably the most important exhibition by a Filipina artist for this year.

Sacra Conversazione, Self-portrait, Etching on Zinc plate, 1980

Let me begin by narrating my own encounter with Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, though not personal but through her work. Days before the re-opening of the gallery where I used to work, I received a framed still life painting of quaint Chinese ceramics. The small work, ironically, turned out to be a big challenge for me to hang. I had to find an empty wall where it would not drown in the middle of other larger canvas. The exquisite details rendered in the painting, despite the size…


Installation shot: Constructions of Truths exhibition, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Manila, 2019

This is a coping corner.

Coping, in architecture, refers to the process of covering or capping the termination materials of roofs, ledges, and baseboards, among others, to prevent dirt and water from seeping in the structure. Borrowing this technical term and relating it to the current state of cultural workers, artists, and creatives in the visual arts, in a time of a pandemic, at first, seems impossible. But not until one realizes that building an edifice is not totally different from the process of space-making (for exhibition-makers) and creative production (for artists). …


(Featured artworks by Gerecho Iniel Cruz, Pin Calacal, Celine Lee, Wipo, Jezzel Wee, Lesley Ann-Cao, Koki, Miguel Lorenzo Uy, and Kat Grow)

Contemporaneity, as much as it defines a certain milieu, such descriptor has also broaden the discourse in art — its thematics, iterations, and utterances. It is only important to note that contemporaneity explores ideas and ideologies rather than artistic styles and techniques. Hence, it can be argued that contemporainety is the visual ideation of something concrete (for example an artwork) through the most abstract medium which is the human cognition or the mind. …


Artbooks.ph, Pioneer, Madaluyong

(Transcript of interview with Ringo Bunoan | 4 October 2018 | 13:00 | Artbooks.ph, Pioneer, Madaluyong)

James: How does being an artist help you in curating? How do you shift from being an artist to a curator when working on a project?

Ringo: I think one advantage of being an artist is you know how artist think or you know, it is easier to understand how other artist think and how they work, you know the processes. Also, I think curating is a visual exercise first and foremost. Of course there are many other things. But first and foremost you’re…


The exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Philippines comes with a brief but politically loaded advisory: Normal scheduling will resume shortly. The terminology, intended to be apologetic, is most commonly used in broadcast to notify the viewers of the temporary halting of television programs due to a system glitch. Featured artists Poklong Anading from the Philippines and Neil Fettling from Australia, through their conceptual works, prompt the viewers to reflect on some known disruptions, both visible and invisible, in various sites of congestion in the city. The exhibition explores how the city’s passageways and network of infrastructure are similar…

James Luigi

JAMES LUIGI (b. 1990, Manila, Philippines) is a writer, cultural worker, and an independent curator from the Philippines. Here, he contemplates on art.

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