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“Ressurection,’’ by Buen Abrigo

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“Ressurection,’’ by Buen Abrigo
“Ressurection,’’ by Buen Abrigo

‘Continuum II’ artists take on pressing issues

On view starting Dec. 27 at the Ayala Museum Art Space is the second edition of “Continuum,” in which Gallery Big convenes 40 of the country’s most exciting artists and asks them to offer their insights on public issues.

“This exhibit is an attempt to engage art in sifting through the discord of our polarizing times,” said curator Johnathan Libarios Rondina. “By bringing together artists with different backgrounds, beliefs and affiliations we hoped to assemble a mosaic of differing critical perspectives that, on one hand, introspect upon our many concerns and, on the other, allow us to converse with the tenor of sobriety and mutual respect.”

“Gold Digong,” by Francis Abrigo
“Gold Digong,” by Francis Abrigo

“Continuum II” features the works of Buen, Francis and Kris Abrigo; Betsy and Diklap Aytin; Jun Balasbas; Reen Bareera; Renato Barja Jr.; Dennis Bato; Boom Boom; Reynard Borillo; Michael Cacnio; Xander Calceta; Ronald Caringal; Clarence Chun; Corifranchesca Co; Gift Curse; Iyan de Jesus; Daniel dela Cruz; Karayom Dr.; John Paul Duray; Jonas Eslao; Christopher Fernandez; Dino Cabito; Jaime Fernandez; Dino Cabito; Jaime Gubaton; Jay Harold Hidalgo, Jeffreyjay Jarin; Tyang Karyel; Maya Ladyong; Cianilina Llguno; Kelli Maeshiro, Justine Nuyda; Leonardo Onia Jr.; Jaime Pacena II; Christian Panaligan; Sam Penaso; Zoe Policarpio; Quatro, Ren Quinio; and Arturo Sanchez Jr.

“Children are the Living Messages We Send to a World We Will Not See,” by Jay Harold Hidalgo
“Children are the Living Messages We Send to a World We Will Not See,” by Jay Harold Hidalgo

Part of the proceeds will go to A Better Chance Foundation which gives out high school scholarships.

Show will run till Jan. 8.

Mendoza stoneware at Ayala

“Scarification,” by Hadrian Mendoza
“Scarification,” by Hadrian Mendoza

Washington DC-based Filipino artist Hadrian Mendoza has mounted 36 stoneware pieces—shaped by his preoccupation with similarities and differences of people—in the show “Tao,” ongoing at Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace until Dec. 21.

“Glimpses of (the exhibit) began when I started networking with Southeast Asian stoneware potters—following a grant from Toyota Foundation in 2007,” recalled Mendoza, then a resident at the foot of Mount Makiling in Los Baños where he had a studio.

He also taught at the Jon Pettyjohn and Mendoza School of Pottery in Makati (now Greenbelt 5).

“The networking of Southeast Asian stoneware potters has it has inspired my personal exhibit of faces and interaction at ArtSpace,” said Mendoza.

“Morning Rush” is composed of 15 pieces of sleepy and yawning children in colorful pigtails (red, yellow, and blue), installed on the wall, around a seven foot wide circle.

“It’s a morning rush with my daughters Banaue and Roja as I fix their hair so we get to school on time,” he said.

Also at ArtSpace are stoneware busts of Africans, with scars etched from early rituals of manhood; and Filipinos with eyes made with old symbols of tribal tattoos, or with other symbols of mountains and nature.

In a political piece against violence, culture of impunity, and extra-judicial killings, “Hostage” depicts a blindfolded man, his mouth open, assembled in front of two tall people – they look like tree trunks, their heads an abstract circle, their eyes almost absent.

‘Threshold’ at SM Art Center

“Miss Patience,” by Maia Magpantay;
“Miss Patience,” by Maia Magpantay;

Alpha Larracas and Maia Magpantay present the tandem exhibition, “Threshold,” opening at the SM Art on Dec. 20.

“Threshold” explores the many psychological moods of womanhood, as expressed through daily rituals and wishful fantasies.

“Beauty and Solitude,” by Alpha Larracas
“Beauty and Solitude,” by Alpha Larracas

Tam Austria inaugurates new gallery

Veteran artist Tam Austria (in hat) recently led the inaugural group exhibit, “The Colors of November,” of Vue Gallery in San Juan City. Joining the inaugural were Mary Divine Austria and Menchu Arandilla, with Joe Hombrebueno, Melvin Ante, Mark Nico Odiaman, Cris Magbuhos, Rey Lao.

Essensa tree lit

Essensa recently held its annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony at the Lawton and Cameron Towers in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tamilee Decors provided the two 18-foot trees with red and silver berries, twigs, reindeer and balls. Present at the event were Essensa East Forbes Condominium Corporation officers Bryan Cockrell, Robert Sun, Gonzalo Ocampo, Amy Ward, Mary Anne Colayco,   Tami Leung.

Halili at Silverlens

Skeletal sculptural works by Gregory Halili are presented in “Echo,” opening Jan. 7, 2017 at Silverlens.

A life-size skeleton created entirely from uncut, found corals atop a massive, raw driftwood; skull profiles and open hands meticulously painted and fashioned on giant clams and mother-of-pearl shells—the new works of Halili may be seen, from an untrained perspective, as nothing more than a visual paean to the sea, a sculptural ode to that overwhelming space that still remains foreign to us despite man’s numerous explorations of it. But a Halili piece doesn’t leave its audience just scratching the surface; just like the sea, it holds waves of truths and memories.

Show will run until Feb. 4. Silverlens is at Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. E-mail [email protected]