The chess term novelty means a technique in the game of chess that is considered a one of a kind move that has never been played in a recorded event.
With chess as a central theme of the exhibit, Novelty is an art show that tackles life as an interpersonal journey. One has to make “moves” or decisions on your respective circumstances. Each piece plays a certain role. Yet in the end, no matter how isolated you sometime want to be, the truth of the matter remains that every piece needs to work hand in hand, as in real life where we journey with our families and friends, for one to truly succeed.
Learn more about the exhibit when it opens in R Gallery on October 29.
To be lost in pleasant thoughts as you wonder in your art piece is a reverie that can be found through paintings and sculptures. It is a contrasting element where one depicts flowing nature in colors and another in hard marble, yet a sense of beauty and contentment can be found.
In many ways, people find connections in many things. But as human beings, it becomes a common source of relation when we talk about our experiences and aspirations.
Two deeply processed concepts, two different artistic approach, but one love for the creative- this may be an accurate depiction of how an artistry blossoms into an even greater results.
An exciting 2-man show titled In Bloom, watch the result of Renee Avila and Win Castle’s collaboration in this art exhibit that opens on October 29.
Equality is a complex universal concept. It has been taken to different level of discussions and has often been associated with gender comparisons.
In this next show of R Gallery, the exhibit does not intend to tackle the political or the social. With a gathering of 27 male and 27 female artists, the show Equality will become a platform for diversity of creativity, art forms, style, and concepts.
Join these 54 contemporary Filipino artists as they showcase art as a unifying form that allow both the male and female to express themselves through creativity.
It was in 2017 when Luke Alarcon, known as an art child prodigy, held his first ever solo exhibit. From then, he has deepen his passion for the craft and enhanced his skills as proven by the two international awards that he garnered in the past two years.
And what better way to even sustain this exciting momentum but to hold yet another solo exhibit? Aptly titled Kulog, join us as Luke resonates an ever increasing sound by the creativity in his works.
To celebrate its first anniversary, R Gallery is staging its biggest art show yet.
Titled Another Day, this exhibit will feature over 90 young and emerging artists in the Philippine Contemporary arts. As collaborative and dynamic exhibit, the works, feature different themes that range from abstract pieces to realism, fantasy, and surrealism that cover different aspects of realities.
In this anniversary show, R Gallery recognizes the year that has gone by and how time flies fast and the season changes. Yet, its commitment to be the breeding ground for up and coming contemporary artists and be an avenue for innovation in the world of art is only getting bigger and better.
A creative integration of irony, Aldrine Alarcon’s signature style has always been forging realism and abstract in his pieces. His passion comes from his attraction to the different disciplines that are poised from what is real and what is abstract.
In his second solo art exhibit that had us waiting for two years, Aldrine will finally take us to yet another journey that intend to capture the audience in the realm of reality from the things that are abstract.
“Mamamalakaya” means, deep sea fisherman. It is a Filipino word that is not commonly used in modern Filipino conversation. It is a word found in Tagalog translations of the Bible, particularly in the book of Luke 5:2 (Ang Dating Biblia Version).
I chose this concept because I was inspired by the works of Ang Kiukok’s Fisherman series. Though they live simple lives, we cannot deny the fact that their existence has importance in our economy. The elements that I combined and I used on my painting were quite a puzzle even to me. I used luxurious items to show how valuable they are, symbolizing the characteristics of their lifestyle and family. How can I show that their simple lives can hold a great value of living?
Nowadays, we weigh value on our success, career, lifestyle, money, etc. But what we do not see are the things that are already close to us. “I sustain myself with the love of my family” a quote I saw during those brainstorming days of my concept. What are we without our family? It got me thinking how a simple life gives you all the time in the world to be with them. As I searched deep on my concept, I was able to watch documentation and interviews about fishermen. But I felt something missing, so I took a road trip with my brothers and I was able to meet one. He said, he doesn’t need anything else because the sea provides for him and his family. Enough to eat, to earn for their daily needs and I saw such satisfaction from his answer. I was able to see how hard it is to make a catch, to have that patience and perseverance.
I hope everyone else could see that being a mamamalakaya or fisherman is not easy. They should be given enough attention so I chose them as subjects of my paintings. Their effort should be paid off and I showed it by painting that a catch should be treated of great value.
This art show comes on a timely manner as we observe human differences in perspectives, opinions on societal issues, and life preferences. Despite this, the artists featured in this exhibit attempts to deal with subjects that serve as their common denominator as artists and to represent the things that link us.
Titled Halfway, the show will present works that showcase a common ground and the reality that there are things that unite and connect us as humans.
In his very first solo art exhibit, Renz Guilas takes his creativity as a tool to showcase positivity to his audience. His artworks feature the happiness that people feel because their loved ones and the personalities that depend upon them.
Mirror Image is a group exhibition by young Filipino artists. The theme of the show is about and is based upon the self reflections made by every artist.
It is a feature of each of the artists realisation about one's self which can either be good or good. The theme is also about paradoxes dealt by every artist in their own mindsets that they may either love or hate about themselves- may it be their strengths and weaknesses or their fears and insecurities or even their wildest dreams and fantasies.
That being said, the theme Mirror Image will give the audience a glance of each participating artist's subconscious thoughts and a glimpse of their other side or inner persona.
“Tigers of Royalty” is a group exhibition displaying the works of alumni artist from College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) and College of Fine Arts and Architecture (CAFA) in honor of their Alma Mater, University of Santo Tomas. They orchestrate a stage where their journeys, transformation, and struggles are seen and explored.
In this show, the featured artists present diverse backgrounds and life experiences and employ various styles and techniques in their artworks, and showcase their own voice and means of expression. Yet, they also delineate the connections between the self and our everyday life.
Witness the creative royalties of these UST alumni who have found their home in the field of contemporary arts.
Taking a playful approach on the stories of toys and candies, pun intended, Aka Chan is having her debut solo exhibit with a subject that is both fun and dear to everybody’s hearts.
Titled as Confection, the exhibit will attempt to bring us back in time on how toys had impact to kids of the past decades, how we got excited by candies, and how all these became part of who we are now today.
Join Aka Chan in this sweet and playful journey as she opens up her first ever solo exhibit at R Gallery.
A symphony of expressive and haunting melodies to honor the wandering lost souls of human beings is what makes a soulful requiem. It is used to describe sacred compositions that set music and religious texts to be appropriate at a funeral or to describe such compositions for liturgies other than the Roman Catholic Mass.
Requiem is one of the earliest surviving forms of chant or music. These days, such form of art is normally declined for use and is being practiced only in operas and few catholic churches. Due to the modernization of art including music, few surviving requiems have evolved. Perhaps, the most notable is the genre of war requiem which comprised of compositions dedicated to the memory of people killed in wartime. There is only a few that still practices to perform a requiem in performance art and music concerts.
In the age of contemporary art, it is hard to differentiate which piece of artwork could truly express and gradually narrate a story to the point of dragging one’s consciousness away from logical thinking, the way Requiem does when is being performed by the artists. For some, it is difficult to connect and understand the meaning of artwork when he/she is unable to interpret properly what each masterpiece tells the viewers.
The select artist will dare to display their own version of requiem, expressed through art, in a four-man exhibit. This will display the ability of each artist to connect and have a deep conversation to the audience using their distinct palettes, visual perception, and ambient brushstrokes.
Floating with the melancholic clouds of hopes and dreams, the artist Chiz Cueva paints his way out of his room using clouds as his main subject to represent his perception in life to just “go with the flow” and let everything happens. With his signature “The Card face”, Miller Laberinto uses his character to play musical instruments that he cannot play to narrate a story for each painting.
Through the use of his genuine art style, Nelson Ricahuerta boldly displays his interpretation of what unconditional love truly means and how does it matter to everyone.
Distinct palette and expressive use of colors to his figures representing the critical choices made by individuals in the present are subjects that isolate Alvin Paraguison from the rest.
While some expressions might not be able to escape the prison of insecurities, the artists’ unique style has its capability to communicate clearly their emotions and eventually immortalize what lingered in their subconscious minds. The symphony of individual allegories presented in this 4-man exhibit through the artists’ soulful works will outlive their Requiem of Souls through time.
Brutalism from the term ‘Beton brut’ meaning “raw concrete” was first associated with architecture for its rough, unusual, and massive unfinished surfaces. Concrete and this movement have flourished for architects and the like because of its unpretentious honesty on exposing the material on its true form as well as being straight-forward to a structure’s function and services to human use.
Witness as Arvin Santos, Bayani Galera, Jay Condeno, Jayroll Francisco, Ritche Yee and Vincent Santos through this group exhibition entitled “Deconstructive Brutalism” try to deconstruct and reinterpret brutalist ideology in their works by showing the bare truth from their own perspectives and point of views. Unpretentious, straight-forward, imperfect yet giving a utopian interpretation through their material of choice to be Brutalists of their own age – though not concrete – but through their brushes, paints and canvases.
There are myriads of emotions that influence us. Happiness and sadness, being accomplished and feeling failed, inspired and uninspired. Without sadness and failures, we will not be able to appreciate joy more and there will be a lot more things that will be beyond our comprehension.
As we go through life, there will be instances when our understanding is not enough. There should be someone who or something that will teach us. If not, it may lead to confusion and breakage.
Yearn for understanding, strive for learning, secure all wisdom.
In life, time is always of the essence, a fleeting gift that remind us to grab every good opportunity, work for our dreams, and be patient in our endeavors. In an exciting art exhibit, we showcase 60 artists as they create their own pieces that acknowledge how we our bounded by time and how even the nearest future is unknown to us.
Thus knowing that we do not know what lies ahead of us, shouldn’t we always ask ourselves in all that we intend to do- If Not Now, When?
It is innate for humans to question everything. History could attest that people have tried several times to search for answers, even for those considered to be unexplainable. Some quests were successful to find answers, but some remain to be fulfilled. As the most intellectual and emotional creatures here on earth, human beings always have reasons or will always try to have one for every single phenomenon, no matter how small or big.
In this group exhibition, R Gallery presents seven young and upcoming artists share their reasons – for art, for love, for hate, for living, for knowing and not knowing, for life and for every existence they know. Let their artworks speak what is commonly left unspoken and explain what is usually hidden and left unanswered. Allow their masterpieces speak to your minds and emotions, and tickle your imaginations, and maybe it will help you uncover your own reasons.
In a world full of uncertainties, it is imperative that we must be prepared to face challenges at all times. We need to have the courage to break whatever barriers that may arise and what better way to do that than to be united. It is time that we all speak up, forget our pride and ego, and work together for all that is good.
Let these young and contemporary artists inspire you through their creative showcase of self expression and the love for unification.
It is time for something meaningful. All Systems Go.
As we go through life, we experience many moments that form our childhood, our teenage years, and to the time that we reach our adulthood. From these moments, we create memories that remind us of the things that made us happy and made us sad. It teaches us how beginnings and endings are both inevitable aspects of human living. And even when these experiences have passed, we are able to connect to the things that matter, because of the love that we have carried in these passing moments. The love that has the power to give value to the things we wish we hold on to.
In the next art exhibit of R Gallery, it provides an avenue for gathering not just of Filipino contemporary artists whose works are to be showcased but to guests alike. It will be an opportunity for loved ones to gather together, friends to reunite, and for guests to simply appreciate the importance of human bond and how our care for each other links our different lives as one.
We grow with our loved ones, lose old friends and make new ones, get hurt and be joyful, find courage in new beginnings. No matter what it is. One thing is for sure, we all have a Conclave Ground, sooner and not later, we will reunite with hope in our final gathering.
Reinventing is a collaborative exhibit from several featured contemporary artists who have convened for a one-of-a-kind show. This next exhibit of R Gallery provides a generalized platform for artists to showcase their unique styles while being encouraged to explore new avenues for their pieces and recreate their standard styles.
The unifying ground for all the artists is being figurative in their works. There will be brush strokes used to reflect images while one tackles realism but employs brush strokes to dilute the faces of its subjects. Some features figures that focus on shapes while others employ shapes by making it animated with its interactions to each other as if assimilating motion. On other art pieces, one will see a showcase of distortions to create something that is whole.
The absence of a central theme makes this exhibit adventurous and exciting. Guests can expect a thrilling new experience of surrealism from the standard styles of contemporary artists that have been freed to reinvent themselves while retaining their respective characters.
Semiotics: The Meanings Around Us
Have you ever considered how everything around us is a symbol? Take as example a person’s smile, a swaying tree, teary eyes, a darkened sky and even the more universal ones such as the cross, a gun, or a white flag. In many moments and in different places, there are many images around us that represent a meaning and are able to speak to us in various ways, perhaps in an indirect but relevant and subconscious manner. This is the focal point of R Gallery’s latest art exhibit that opens on February 28.
Aptly titled Semiotics, the art exhibit is inspired by the impressive science of symbols in art. The show will exhibit the works of Abe Orobia who also curated the show, Alvin Paraguison, Edmund Andrada, Janos Delacruz, Jet Rai, Judeo Herrera, and Nhel Ricahuerta. While these artists have a commonality in their artistry in a sense that they approach most of their works in a figurative sense, guests and enthusiasts alike can expect dynamism and diversity in the pieces from these Filipino artists.
It can be said that an artist’s genius lies on his own symbol by creating a meaning out of his work from the vast universal symbols available in the world and in the world of art. From a universal standpoint, the inspiration and style of an artist as he creates his work become contextual and much more personal. Each of the seven featured contemporary artists are expected to feature subjects that range from a personal, historical, nostalgia, current issues, among others. The show becomes a highly curated show that consciously provide freedom to the artists’ creativity and personal artistic sense.
Acknowledging the symbols around us that become personal artistic inspirations, Semiotics as a show intend to highlight how everything in a visual art, all elements in each piece is a symbol that tells a story even without words and serve as a guide that lead you to an experience and conclusion. It makes one further appreciate how an art piece is an honest creation made by its creator for it to be shared with, read, and understood by others, until we all experience the deeper meanings of the symbols revolving around it, around us, and within us.
Inspired by the way roots grow and spread out sturdily, this art exhibit features works from EARIST alumni. They gather to share the depth of their personalities and principles that have grown and deepen throughout the years.
Experience their profound inspiration and appreciate the importance on being rooted firmly and always knowing and finding your common tree.
Join us on May 12, Sunday, 7 pm at R Gallery for the opening of Roots group exhibition.
As we step further into the future, we have let our society to become more advanced and civilized. But a civilization that counters the flow of our mother nature has negative effects. We ahave let people to have an unending desire to build and build more gigantic machines and huge buildings, sacrificing the resources from our mother nature in exchange of a large amount of profit that goes only to the hands of the few and harnessing the future of our children and of the next generation.
The widespread urban progress has let our society to act and to think like programmed machines and not as free individuals doing all things in exchange for a paper bill to avoid poverty and satisfy our unending needs. This has let our society to behave differently, cutting all our connection to nature and forgetting our true identity as human beings rooted to our mother nature . We have lost ourselves following all the propaganda and certain ideology that keep people into divided groups prioritizing war and abomination rather than those things which concerned our global climate status. But some of us never realized the real cost of all these, that we will soon eat this trash in the final act.
It is about time for all of us to be much more aware to think on how we can face the future of humanity when we totally drained the resources of our planet. Leading our way to extinction which is not far from happening if we keep tolerating the deterioration of nature.
With a name that draws one to its light, like a werewolf, Luna has captivated the hearts of Filipinos both in the history of the past and the generation of the present with the life he had lived that was full of nationalism, patriotism, and artistry. Not only was he an important icon in the development of the Philippine nation, Luna’s creative gift and talent also paved way to international prominence for the Filipino art. His affiliations with the world’s royalties, famous artists, and political figures were only some fragments of his character that display how decorated of a man was he.
Luna’s style falls largely on romanticism as evident from the characters he portrayed, sceneries and narratives of his subjects, employing the literary aspect of romantic thinkers by dealing with liberalism, radical thoughts, nationalism and conservatism. Had it not been for his untimely demise, Philippines and the world would have seen more of his artistic pursuits and yet, in the life he had been given, he left so much of his art for all Filipinos.
As a way of tribute and to open an artistic portal to Luna’s legacy, R Gallery brings these Filipino artists who made creations as a contemporary update to the mind, style, and passion of such a legendary Filipino artist.
Many things evoke emotions that seem to be wordless, the kind that presents clarity in the depth of vagueness. Perhaps once in our lives, we have encountered the same experience where something memorable appeals to our hearts but our minds are at a loss for words.
In the next exhibit of R Gallery, the audience is invited to figure out that things that are yet to be revealed. One must come in, not expecting to find given images from the abstraction of the pieces. Instead, the art works invite your consciousness to feel the colors, see its gestures, and appreciate its textures without exactly looking at the form.