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For the love of ‘ALT’

Spend Valentine’s with The Creative Collective
Art lovers in love will be happy to know that the whirl of Valentine’s events this year has something for them too. Unveiled just yesterday and currently on view until February 16 is “ALT Philippines 2020”— the pioneer collaborative project of 10 galleries seeking to reframe the art show by showcasing new ways of presenting and experiencing art.

Calling their 10-way partnership, “The Creative Collective,” Galleria Duemila, 1335Mabini, Underground, Artinformal, Blanc, The Drawing Room, Finale Art File, MO Space, Vinyl on Vinyl and West Gallery eagerly invite the public to view the works of over 150 contemporary artists at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura Premier.

Galleria Duemila’s “Carpe Diem: Beyond Seizing the Day” exhibition curated by Angel Velasco Shaw, brings together 10 diverse artists to challenge and further their process and practice in ways that are not considered to be predictable to any given audience. These include Trek Valdizno, R.M de Leon, Leonard Aguinaldo, Jose Tence Ruiz, Cian Dayrit, Rocky Cajigan, Moreen Austria, Junjun Montelibano, Mervy Pueblo, and Josephine Turalba.

In art practice terms, Shaw interprets the “Carpe Diem” definition to mean allowing creative time and thought for an artist to go beyond what people outside of themselves may expect of them, experiment in other realms outside of what they are familiar with, or use traditional materials/mediums in a different way than they are used to working in.

Galleria Duemila which means “20th century” in Italian is the longest-running commercial gallery in the Philippines and maintains a strong international profile. With the vision to expose Filipino artists locally and within the Asean region, Galleria Duemila specializes in contemporary paintings, sculptures, works on paper and installations, as well as rare secondary-market stock by modern Filipino masters, and local and foreign artists from the current generation. This mix of established and emerging artists pre­sents a dynamic program of monthly art exhibitions complemented by performances, readings and musical events in its custom-built gallery in Pasay City, Manila.

1335Mabini, an international ga­llery solidly grounded in the contemporary art ecology of Metro Manila, on the other hand, has on exhibit a dynamic range of works by both established and emerging artists, in accordance with the gallery’s commitment to artistic positions and practices, exploring mobility, history and critical engagement with the environment, collective memory and politics.

The featured artists for their part of the collective are Poklong Anading, Cian Dayrit, Soun Hong, Nikki Luna, Jill Paz, Dexter Sy, Mark Salvatus, Rinne Abrugena, Gus Albor, and Lizza May David.

Another popular gallery participating is 1335Mabini, which was established in 2013 along 1335 A. Mabini St. in Ermita, Manila — thus its name — and then moved to its current location in Karrivin Plaza in Makati City in 2017.

Underground, meanwhile, features a solo presentation of the artist Valerie Chua. Chua’s works explore how individuals retain relevant information as they move across different landscapes. Objects of memory are exalted, preserved or led to obsolesce according to how the present perceives its value.

Underground has thrived as a proverbial shelter from the storm, a habitué for artists and art enthusiasts in a meeting of minds that look for something beyond the usual fare of a painting and into the brave and unconventional, extraordinary and vanguard. With that, it espouses an interesting mix of aesthetic works that giving artists their due leeway to explore riskier ideas and concepts.

After loving the country’s latest contemporary art exhibit, head over to endless food choices at the well-appointed mall for that romantic date, which such endless cuisines to choose from, like the fancy La Mère Poulard for French, Prego Trattoria for Italian, Barcino for Spanish, Tamarind for Thai, Ogetsu Hime for Japanese, Mesa for Filipino, and of course, the varied choices at The Food Hall (formerly Todd English’s Food Hall).

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