DRIFT is Brave Singh’s sixth solo exhibition. It is a contemplative and nostalgic exhibition which is deeply personal, but at the same time, speaks of what social commentators popularly call the Philippine diaspora. Eight works, comprising of three portraits and five still lifes with framed landscapes paintings juxtaposed above them, make up the exhibition.
In•habit is the second group exhibition of the siblings Alee, Nina, and Bam Garibay. Agreeing on analyzing their community as subject, the artists crossed between ethnography and commentary of their village, Greenbreeze, in Cavite – a province adjacent to Metro Manila, which, in a 2015 survey, proved to be the most populous in the country. It is a zone transitioning to urbanization. With approximately 3.2 million people population, 40% of whom are employed in the services and factories, Cavite has attracted people from elsewhere who are looking for employment.
In the midst of free information and advance technology, we are compelled to believe that genuine and profound experiences are found in things that are beyond our reach, in the exclusive. Truly, art, which is the epitome of exclusivity, comes from the artists’ reflections of contemporary culture and their personal journeys – true experiences captured in paint and canvas. In the collective exhibition “Exclusive Access to New Works”, twelve up-and-coming Filipino contemporary visual artists entitle viewers to the rare opportunity of experiencing their new works born from reflections on everyday living and a multitude of life events that celebrate the resilience of the human spirit.
For You, Caravaggio is a tribute to the master of shade and shadows, Michealangelo Merisi da Caravaggio by partners Kiko Marquez and Ynah Baltero. Caravaggio employed careful observation, to paint his subjects as realistically as possible. Focusing on both the body and the subject’s emotional state, he highlighted his compositions with dramatic lighting and shafts of shadows, to evoke a tension-filled mood. Such is what the two artists are attempting to do.