Less isn’t necessarily better. In fact, in an image’s maximalist gaudy depiction, clashing colors, and dizzying designs, there lies a harmony where “digression, reference, and elaboration of detail occupy a great fraction of excess”.

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"Over Time” is a group show that emphasizes the power and fragility of transformation and distortion of the self, nature, objects, symbols, emotions, and even meaning of words. As we examine the works by Bembol dela Cruz, Carlo Angelo Saavedra, Is Jumalon, Don Djerassi Dalmacio, and Denver Garza, we observe how they worked with the idea of transformation in the purest, candid, and even fabricated progression.

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“I Thought I Saw You Just Now” is a new group show that locates any grounding pang for the forgotten and distantly familiar. Artists Jaime Pacena II, Katarina Estrada, Argie Bandoy, EV Yu, and Niel Atienza unravel contextualized memories in various shapes and forms, colors, and temperatures all wrapped in coziness which temporarily masks the futility of safe return. With layered signifiers and delicate references, their works justify their own existence in a rapidly changing visual lexicon.

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Apotheosis is an online group show about the idea behind the dreadful thought experiment “Roko’s Basilisk”, a virtually all-powerful but rogue AI that would punish every human being who did not contribute to bringing about its existence, including those from the past who merely knew about it and did not support its development. Artists Renato Barja Jr., Jared Yokte, Erik Sausa, and Jofre Nachor scrutinize the phenomenon and dynamic of AI and its global range, where cyberpunk is its literary incarnation. A new alliance or discord is becoming evident: integration of technology and human capabilities that would birth an unholy alliance of the technical world and the world of organized dissent where visionary fluidity and street-level anarchy are rampant.

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Danger Curves Ahead

In this exhibition, we embrace definitions of drawing beyond the traditional. Drawings are more than, as tradition would have it, works on paper and preparatory images or displays of craft, skill, and dexterity. And as much as drawing often becomes limited to these ideas, it becomes a potent artform when considered within the realm of contemporary art. This show “Danger: Curves Ahead” celebrates its sustained power. For many of the artists in this exhibit, drawing is the foundation of their practice. And with that, many of them have a self-conscious engagement with drawing’s fundamental element, the line. The line is the lens by which immediate surroundings are understood and a concept to explore and play with. This show recognizes the diverse processes by which artists conceive of drawings. Rather than a device for illusionism and symbolism, the lines of a drawing can be indexical, the direct outcome of a process. A drawing can be a process of accumulating layers, an engagement with existing images. For others, drawing starts as a response to non-traditional materials or recent technology. It can be as convenient as selecting and combining images from one’s own mental library. The works of this show display drawing’s duality as a tool of the rational mind (of harmony, balance, and composition) and a product of instinct and the subconscious. It also reveals that drawing is a rich space for storytelling and with that, the exploration of self -- a surface of visual metaphors that artists return to again and again and where memories, beliefs, struggles, dreams, emotions, and other unknown forces are inscribed. But for all the many different methods and aims of drawing in this show, it is an inherently intimate space to experiment, to learn and unlearn. It is where artists dwell on what they love and meditate on what it means to make an image. And just as It is one where an artist is often close to the medium, it often demands intimate attention from the viewer. In this exhibition, the idea of drawing brings together Filipino artists of widely diverging practices. They include Miguel Aquilizan, Vic Balanon, Zeus Bascon, Rene Bituin, Lourd De Veyra, Kirk Dijamco, Lui Gonzales, Gerry Tan, Cos Zicarelli, Is Jumalon, Mark Andy Garcia, John Marin, David Ryan Viray, Cris Villanueva Jr, Epjey Pacheco, Jan Sunday, Gene Paul Martin, Masi Oliveria, Miko Sandejas, Ernest Concepcion, Paolo Icasas, Iggy Rodriguez, Aiya Balingit, Dave Lock, and Angela Gaddi.

Vignettes from the Studio of Julie Lluch

Vintana surprises me with this spur-of-the-moment mini presentation. Vignettes is so appropriate because the pieces happen to be coming from old well-loved series. And I love sculptures small enough to hug and fold your arms around- much like what you'd do with little children you've missed so.” -Julie Lluch

The Little Big Art Show

Welcome to Vintana’s Little Big Art Show. With astonishing creations from the minds and hands of a select group of seventeen artists, this show will take you deep into the heart of obsession, history, solitude, freedom, rebellion, love, and loss amid a precarious era. It’s a small show with big talent, but more than that, The Little Big Art Show revitalizes tropes from different generational practices to present their visually compelling and strange narratives in a new light. This online group exhibition includes works from Pardo de Leon, Jonathan Ching, Julie Lluch, Kiko Escora, Ernest Concepcion, Iggy Rodriguez, Lena Cobangbang, Paolo Icasas, Ehrran Montoya, Tin Garcia, Jucar Raquepo, Krista Nogueras, Denver Garza, Arvin Flores, Isha Naguiat, Tom Bucag, and Mai Saporsantos. While staying true to their oeuvre, each work embraces the cult of genius whether they’re extracting from formalist structures or breaking away from conventional themes.


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