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A group exhibition featuring the works of selected artists.

In “UNLOCK.02021212,” selected artists from various art groups, circles, and backgrounds present their recent works. Against the gallery walls, each of the works allow the audience to peek into a world full of colour, strange forms, and restless imaginations. Though varying in medium, style, and technique, the exhibition brings together an assortment of artworks created by contemporary artists – both local and foreign – in an effort to chart and map the extent to which the art scene moves and permeates through the dynamic social landscape of an ever-changing country.

UNLOCK.02021212” presents the works of Jie Adamat, Jovert Aguilar, Dolpee Alcantara, Jonas Miguel Arlegui, Paulo Barerras, Severo Baring III, Aaron Bautista, Jefkin Bienes, Chito Borja, Jhon Lery Capili, Cezar Bejo Cardel Jr., Christian Carillaza, Carla Chang, Jerome Choco, Boyet De Mesa, Winslomer Delos Santos, Azriel Domingo, Ces Eugenio, Aga Francisco, Vic Gamido Jr., Sarah Mariano Geneblazo, Abraham Gonzales, Darwin “Japat” Guevarra, Isadore Gabriel Lerio, Lyndon Maglalang, Pabsie Martus , Jana Mendoza, Jerome Montañez , Leonardo Onia Jr., Lileth Oracion, Herbert “Ebok” Pinpiño, Manuel Pinpiño Jr., Rex Roxas, Arturo Sanchez Jr., Elvira Dulce Santos, Erick Sausa, Aui Suarez, Hamilton Sulit, Herminio Tan, and Franz Marlon Vocalan.

Words by Elle Lucena


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A solo exhibition by Mael de Guzman.

Within the four walls of a box

Mael de Guzman’s seventh solo exhibition titled “Empty Box” takes the everyday and places it into a setting that does more than just provoke thought. Employing the use of empty boxes created from selected materials, De Guzman portrays the ubiquitous and often overlooked image of an empty box as a physical representation of the human psyche.

Empty Box” is, quite literally, a collection of several empty boxes. Unlike the commonplace cardboard box used to transport goods, produce, and assorted sundries, De Guzman creates a series of hollow wooden boxes, placing them together in various forms and arrangements, and furnishing them with an assortment of embellishments. On its surfaces, the remains of print cutouts of animals, vehicles, and human figures emerge, worn out in quality, and strongly hinting at something that has been weathered with the passage of time. Clumps of sawdust frame the crates, and in certain areas, parts and pieces of their surfaces are scratched off and broken. De Guzman’s boxes aren’t clean and new; they’re gnarled and discoloured, held together by the curious possibilities of the many things they’ve carried, and the stories they’ve told along the way.

However, these objects serve to be more than just mere decoration. In “Empty Box,” they become symbolic of the human experience. Within the four walls of a box lie a plethora of truths, emotions, and unique encounters. And while for De Guzman, the exhibit is an examination of his personal experiences, there also exists an almost serendipitous realisation that these boxes invite us to do the same, and find within its depths the encounters that linger and stay, despite the passage of time.

Words by Elle Lucena