Exhibit Walk-through and Art Residency Talk

Wawi Navarroza and Issay Rodriguez will have their exhibition walkthrough on 27 May, 3 P.M. Navarroza's MEDUSA and Rodriguez's ・・・ are on view at Silverlens from 6 May to 3 June. An Art Residency Talk by Cocoy Lumbao will also be held after the walk-through. 

Two young Filipino artists handpicked for the biggest international art event

Venice, Italy (CNN Philippines Life) — Although there are technically five Filipino artists in this year’s Venice Art Biennale, Issay Rodriguez and Katherine Nuñez are the only Filipino artists working in the Philippines who were handpicked by this year’s biennale director, Christine Macel. The French curator saw their work at the 2016 Art Dubai and was impressed enough to include them in the roster of 120 artists for the main exhibition. They are two of the youngest to participate this year.

Katherine Nuñez + Issay Rodriguez crochet books and school supplies at the Venice Art Biennale

currently living and working in marikina, philippines, Katherine Nuñez and Issay Rodriguez are the two youngest artists presented at the ‘viva arte viva’ main exhibition of the 57th edition of the Venice Art Biennale. situated at the giardini pavilion, ‘in between the lines 2.0’ is an installation consisting of a desk and a set of books which are made entirely of stitched fabric, embroidery and crochet. the pieces invite the audience to interact with them while illustrating also recreations of school supplies.

Room for Improvement

Isa Lorenzo, director of Silverlens Galleries, gives quite the laconic answer when asked about the gallery’s recent change of address. “Our lease ended,” she says, as if to declare, and that’s that. But upon entering the new space, it’s immediately perceptible that there’s more to the story, as far as new beginnings are concerned.

Maria Taniguchi

Earth-stuff goes through myriad transformations on its path to usefulness in our world. Soil, stone, water, oil, plants, animals, and the rest all pass through processes of cleaning, smoothing, separating, reconstituting. And at the end of that violence is an exquisite, terrifying flatness: one that expresses itself through identical buildings, garments, and foods; through the identical spaces conveyed by this screen and the identical blackness inside it.

Philippine Pavilion in Arsenale Opens to the Public

MANILA, May 15, 2017 -- The Philippines triumphantly returned for a second consecutive participation in the Venice Art Biennale with a stronger showing as it presented a national pavilion curated by Joselina Cruz featuring two important Filipino artists—Lani Maestro and Manuel Ocampo—in a prime space at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy. - See more at:

Made of Marble

Wawi Navarroza’s process always begins with curiosity — followed by rigorous research and field work, “[going] around almost knowing nothing.” For her latest exhibit “Medusa,” which recently opened at Silverlens Galleries, the artist and photographer spent two years immersing herself in and capturing the dualities of Romblon’s marble industry.

Mythologizing Romblon

Nowadays, when everyone has an access to a camera phone, in five seconds, voila, photos are shared in the social media networks.  The thrilling magic of photography is lost. So how can we distinguish these photos from works of art?

Wawi showed us how in “Medusa (Tabula Rasa).” Photographs should be seen not on a small computer monitor but on big prints. It takes great skill, correct lighting, having an intimate relationship with the subject and being an expertise of the technology.

An ‘urgent’ show: Why Pio Abad is repeating images of history

‘Remembering cannot be an afterthought. It has to be a really active force’

Pio Abad refers to the urgency and timeliness of reminding people of the truths about history—particularly martial law and its atrocities—as the reason behind his ongoing exhibit, “Counternarratives,” at Silverlens gallery.

How anti-Marcos protests influenced an artist’s latest exhibit

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At the recently concluded Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, two Filipino artists made distinct impressions on the global art stage.

Zean Cabangis, a young artist known for his meditations on landscape and figuration, won the opportunity to stage a solo show with his home gallery Art Informal, as one of the artists selected for the Discoveries program, a platform designed as a showcase for emerging contemporary artists. Even more impressively, Pio Abad, an artist who’s won distinctions here and abroad for a body of work concerned with the social and political signification of things, was selected to be part of Encounters — a program dedicated to presenting large-scale sculptures and installations by leading artists from around the world.