THE MANILA BANG SHOW - ARTFEST INTERNATIONAL The Manila Bang: ArtFest International 2021 kicks off with both prominent and emerging local and international artists looking into divergent ways, possibilities, or courses of action relating to the self, everyday life, and creative and artistic processes and production. ONE BIG SHOW of cutting-edge art and contemporary dialogues, the fest runs on-site from 1-7 December 2021 at Festival Mall Alabang, presented by Galerie Roberto in partnership with Artsper Europe and Art Moments Jakarta.
JAY RAGMA Born in 1992, a visual artist from Caloocan City. He studied Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts at the University of the East Caloocan, Philippines. Jay Ragma delivers canvases of retinal delight and energy, comprising of zinging threadlike fine lines in horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and perpendicular directions. Tightly organized and compact in linear masses, the works are driven by accelerating speed, creating a virtual tapestry bursting at the seams, propelled by continuous movement and springing, vibration. These paintings have their original roots in Futurism, the Italian movement whose manifesto declared that “the splendor of [...]
'NEW WAVE' Andre Baldovino, Clarence Eduarte, Kat Grow, Fitz Herrera, Karl Lago, Dennis Morante, Joar Songcuya and Valen Valero September 21 - October 10, 2021 New Wave situates eight artists who engage with abstraction in the digital age. This milieu could be characterized as consisting of a general public which largely regards abstraction in stylistic terms, easily categorizable into the various -isms decontextualized, defanged, and reduced to an orderly collection of formal idioms rather than specific cultural articulations of political ideologies throughout history. As “new” is defined against the “old,” one is tempted [...]
UGAT Various Artists 8 - 19 September, 2021 “Ugat” features ten artists of different persuasions and dispositions taking the idea of roots, and its various connotations, as their artistic point of departure. The word “roots” is commonly used in botanical terms, to refer to the part of a plant which attaches to a ground or support to extract and transport water and other nutrients to the rest of the plant. Through its Tagalog counterpart “ugat,” roots share affinities with veins, vessels through which deoxygenated blood courses from various organs back to the heart, further reinforcing [...]
PARADISE Lei Manto: Solo Exhibition “Paano kung kaya hindi namin mabuo ang aming paraiso ay dahil ikaw ang isa sa nawawalang piraso nito?”* Paradise A Solo Exhibition Lei Manto approaches his first solo exhibition with a critical exploration of the Filipino trope of paradise and destiny. Locating his narrative in the confines of his community and upbringing, Manto intimates a glimpse of his life that has defined his art. This includes the negotiations he pursues that come with his visualizations and imaginings. He exposes the anxiety of the human experience through his search for [...]
Remember A solo Exhibition by Níccolo José July 14 - 28, 2021 Niccolo Jose and “Remember_____” at Galerie Roberto “Since last year, people would frequently begin conversations with “Remember……” For this exhibition, I wanted to highlight those we miss by sculpting abstracted forms that convey the psyche of togetherness. The pieces are meant to be a reflection of resonating moments we’ve had with others.” Thus remarked the sculptor Niccolo Jose, on his exhibition titled “Remember _____”, opening on July 14 at Galerie Roberto. Niccolo Jose studied at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, [...]