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“Bodies” by Iya Regalario
“Bodies” by Iya Regalario

‘Failure to Launch’ at Canto Art Joint

“Bodies” by Iya Regalario
“Bodies” by Iya Regalario

“Failure to Launch” is a three-woman group show of sketches, collages and wheat-paste art that articulate the anxieties and challenges of the past few years. The works are the visual manifestations of three Filipina artists who are rooted in the sensibilities and awareness of sociopolitical realities.

“Kwadrado” (detail) by Gaea Claver
“Kwadrado” (detail) by Gaea Claver

For participating artists Gaea Claver, Dorothea Maranan and Iya Regalario, art becomes a tool for dealing with seemingly insurmountable things: from the personal (suspended time, a life postponed), to the political (issues and events that define our times). As the viewer is urged to bear witness with them, we are also invited to share in the communal comfort of knowing that we are not alone. This exhibit is essentially about coming together with and for each other.

“Failure to Launch” runs until June 7 at Canto Art Joint, #32 Kisad Road, Baguio City.

“Suring Uri” by Dorothea Maranan
“Suring Uri” by Dorothea Maranan

‘SOS’ at Galleria Duemila

Galleria Duemila presents a solo exhibition of abstract paintings from interdisciplinary artist Jon Cuyson. “SOS” is part of an ongoing body of work from the artist who works in the intersection of painting, installation and film.

“Untitled SOS (Blue & Gray)”  by Jon Cuyson
“Untitled SOS (Blue & Gray)” by Jon Cuyson

The exhibition features paintings and collage works that explore horizontality, materiality and abstraction. In the current context of chaos and anxiety, his works investigate and claim horizontality as a form of resistance to verticality.

“Untitled SOS (Violet  & Black)”  by Cuyson
“Untitled SOS (Violet & Black)” by Cuyson

The artist builds layers of acrylic paint and marks on the canvas, repeating and revising in order to build densities in the surface resulting in an interplay of receding and advancing geometric abstract compositions. Consistent with his interest in the narrative of the sea, Cuyson borrows the maritime code distress signal, “SOS (Save Our Ship, Save Our Souls),” as exhibition title, and to serve as a conceptual anchor in the paintings that reveal a restrained form of poetic urgency.

“SOS” runs until May 31. Visitors are on an appointment basis only. Tel. 88319990, 8833 9815; email [email protected]; visit galleriaduemila.com.