Space Encounters Gallery presents 3 exhibitions in September 2020: I’m Angry, But What Now? solo exhibition by Mark Santos, PVC (Post-Vehemence Critters) on Post-Apocalypse and New Revolution by KiwiCuts, and We Hope You Are Safe group exhibition with Jappy Agoncillo, Irish Galon, Nikko Pelaez, and Jade Suayan.
The solo exhibition of Mark Santos titled I’m Angry, But What Now? deals with the artist’s struggle to reconcile the ongoing battle of opinions with the collective effort to do the right thing. He illustrates how being right has overtaken what is good. We find his child-like Sasquatch creations on different levels of anger, doubt, and distancing; the artist seems to want us to confront the pitfalls of a disjointed society. I’m Angry, But What Now? features acrylic on canvas, pencil illustrations, and his signature Wanderer vinyl toy. Mr. S has had several solo shows and is becoming one of the most in demand contemporary artists. He was recently on the cover of Cebu Pacific’s SMILE Magazine Local Art issue last March in collaboration with the Gallery.
CVTY Collective artist KIWICUTS (Elleazar Austria) stages his first solo show with the Gallery, titled PVC (Post-Vehemence Critters) on Post-Apocalypse and New Revolution. His art features humanoid critters in the middle of a post-apocalyptic landscape where a battle for survival and supremacy rages. He says that his exhibition is inspired by the current state that we are in as he magnifies how progress is hindered by several factors. In spite of this, Kiwicuts wants the viewer to see hope in his art. And there is a palpable sense of positivity in his works. The cuteness and the vibrant colors amidst a difficult situation is an artistic cheer for us to soldier on. This is Kiwicuts’s second solo show and aside from paintings of his belligerent critters, he will also be showing some of his new vinyl toys.
In addition to the two solo shows, the Gallery also gathers artists known for their unique vision and street-smart style for We Hope You Are Safe. The group exhibition shows different perspectives on the pandemic and the people we have become as a result.
Jappy Agoncillo imagines a post-apocalyptic world where we choose avatars to represent ourselves, which is quite prophetic considering the latest Facebook trend. In the series called Apocalips, he wants to invite the viewers to be a part of the narrative and make them think about the kind of avatar that they would choose. Part colorful odyssey, part hopeful comedy, Jappy’s work is inspired by Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy, Akira, Mad Max, as well as pop-punk music. Works on museum wrap and skateboard deck are available.
Inspired by the words from The Little Prince, “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential, is invisible to the eye,” Irish Galon wants to show the range of essential emotions that we, especially women, keep hidden in fear of judgment. She asks, What are the things that grow within? In here head, she calls her new collection of works Wallflower because it represents the feelings that women keep buried sometimes so deep that they are forgotten. Irish has been having a difficult time with the pandemic but she still finds meaning in painting.
Nikko Pelaez chronicles a day in a life in a series of three paintings titled, The Sunrise, The Sunset, and The Midnight. He wants to illustrate how the time of day affects our moods while emphasizing that a day is as important as any other day. Like a daily cycle, we equally rise and fall (and eventually rise again) as we continue the search for happiness, meaning, peace, and freedom. Pelaez won the Vans Asia Custom Culture 2018 contest and has since been busy collaborating with the popular American shoe brand.
As SYN, Jade Suayan created an episode that highlighted different personalities: the bizarre, the revolutionary, the crude part of “your side you tryna hide.” Neon Demon is one of those episodes and is the first one on the list. Jade says that “Neon represents the bright and strong desire of an individual for something. Demon is characterized as the intense way of how far an individual could go to fulfill that desire.” In this show, the artist focuses on indistinguishable portrayal, which introduces and marks the opening of the ongoing first episode. Jade is known for her street-meets-animation style that is rendered in bright cyberpunk colors. But it’s always the electric energy of her art that captivates audiences.
I’m Angry, But What Now? solo exhibition by Mark Santos, PVC (Post-Vehemence Critters) on Post-Apocalypse and New Revolution by KiwiCuts, and We Hope You Are Safe group exhibition with Jappy Agoncillo, Irish Galon, Nikko Pelaez, and Jade Suayan opens on September 12, 2020. Space Encounters Gallery is located at Unit 7D, 7th Floor Padilla Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
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