Packed with historical narratives and a motley mass of imagery, The Little Big Art Show returns to a post-pandemic creative zeitgeist and captures the mindful addiction to art and life.

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Vignettes from the Studio of Julie Lluch is a collection of her recent cold cast marble sculptures. Take a closer look and enjoy these exquisite forms that are accentuated by her expressive use of color.

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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

“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.

Apotheosis

Enter the dystopian world of Roko’s Basilisk through the lens of four Filipino contemporary artists

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.


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