Cover From the "SOUP," series by Mandy Barker, a piece co-created with Emerging Islands.

As many of us return to the city after Holy Week while some are just starting to take beach trips and other adventures, here are some art exhibitions and events you should check out

Art in the Park Online

After the successful run of the hybrid version of Art Fair Philippines, its organisers such as Asia's Most Influential 2021 Honourees Trickie Lopa and Lisa Ongpin-Periquet, as well as Dindin Araneta bring back Art in the Park Online this coming April 24. Available for viewing until May 1, the event features a diverse group of galleries, art schools, independent art spaces, and collectives. As usual, it will be showcasing enthralling pieces of art priced at PHP 70,000 and below. Proceeds are still for the benefit of the Museum Foundation of the Philippines.

This year's online edition of Art in the Park will also highlight the works of artist couple Rodel Tapaya and Marina Cruz. IsTorya, the narrative design studio that they have founded celebrates creativity, love of identity, and new ways of learning that root back to the stories of the Filipinos. Each of the artists will be presenting solo projects that underline their ongoing interests in experimentation with various media.

Meanwhile, Studio 1616—which includes artists like Yeo Kaa and Johanna Helmuth, to name a few—will be celebrating their ten years together by installing Reflect Deflect at Jaime Velasquez Park. Using steel and mirrors as reflective surfaces, the work reminds visitors of the tents of Art in the Park before and encourages visitors to examine themselves more closely.

Don't miss also the live installation of ten three-foot-high resin sculptures of street artist Distort Monsters, which will be complementing the artist's NFTs and giclee prints from the "Monster Mayhem Megamash" project. Furthermore, Ang INK will also present a collection of 40 artworks in celebration of the organisation's 30th anniversary.

Read also: Early Round-Up of Exhibitions You Should See This April 2022

Emerging Islands

On Earth Day, Filipino artist-collective Emerging Islands collaborates with international photographers to showcase coastal cultures in an outdoor exhibition in San Juan, La Union. This outdoor photography exhibition features award-winning photographers like Muhammad Fadli, Huiying Ore, Woong Soak Teng, Geric Cruz, Archie Geotina, Bren Lopez, Nicola Sebastian, and Asia's Most Influential 2021 Honourees Hannah Reyes Morales and Gab Mejia. Together, they document and explore the timely issues of plastic pollution and climate change that their respective countries are facing. Titled, "Follow the Water", this art-residency project invites viewers to rediscover our Southeast Asian waters and islands, the threats they are facing, and hopefully strive to find solutions.

Headlining the exhibition will be the launch of DIP Sea Kiss, a new work by Mandy Barker, in collaboration with Emerging Islands, to raise awareness of the plastic sachets that pollute our ocean. A conservation photographer whose work on marine plastic debris has appeared in the MoMA and Tate Museum, Barker embarked on a remote expedition with Emerging Islands and local communities in La Union, who collected plastic sachets from their waterways for Barker to use in the production of this work.

The exhibition will also feature student work from the Plastic Passages workshop, mentored by Mandy Barker, Hannah Reyes Morales, and Emerging Islands.

"Follow the Water" opens on April 22 at Flotsam and Jetsam Artist Beach Hostel, San Juan, La Union, at 4 pm.


Check out Poklong Anading's "light, growth, residue" exhibition at Silverlens this month. Truly one of the finest in the contemporary art scene, Anading showcases his incredible adaptability in using different media and materials—from drawing to video, and to actual organic forms—demonstrating their interconnectedness, and insisting on seamless movements from one idea to the next.

Meanwhile, there is also a two-artist exhibition happening at Silverlens. In "Crime and Ornament", artists Pio Abad and Stephanie Syjuco re-engage and re-energise previous works to "confront the urgency of the moment" and exhibit revolutionary impulses and counter-narratives with their works.

Lastly, visit Silverlens Online Viewing Room on April 21 and watch Doubts & Dreams by Jed Gregorio and Renzo Navarro, presented by Tarzeer Pictures.

Read more: The Creative List: Photography and Videography

Art Lounge Manila

Art Lounge Manila opens its newest gallery space at Molito Lifestyle Centre in Alabang. For its pilot exhibition, artist-friends Anna de Leon, Francis Nacion Jnr, Louie Ignacio, Jonathan Dangue, Ricky Francisco, Melissa Yeung Yap, and 0270501 mount large-scale abstract works in an attempt to satirise the appreciation of abstractions in this day and age. Entitled "Monumental Abstracts", the exhibition presents a diversity of subjects and inspirations to highlight how colour, composition, balance, movement, and sheer size present a welcome alternative to the narrative for aesthetic gratification.

Kristine Lim

Before you miss it, today might be your last chance to see the sequel to Kristine S Lim's "Portraits of Christ" exhibition at Baluartillo de San Francisco Javier in Fort Santiago. The missionary visual artist collaborates with Jonathan Manalo, creative director of ABS-CBN Music, to add music to her follow up exhibition "Tetelestai". This gives visitors a multi-sensory experience in entering the baluartillo, making a deep connection with the Divine. From the red drapes and mirrors in "Portraits of Christ", visitors will be encountering a lighted crucifix illuminating the tunnel of the installation space. 


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