Pio Abad, Martha Atienza, Gabriel Barredo, Frank Callaghan, Genevieve Chua, Chati Coronel, Corinne De San Jose, Christina Dy, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Dina Gadia, Gregory Halili, Wawi Navarroza, Renato Orara, Gina Osterloh, Bernarde Pacquing, Gary Ross Pastrana, Hanna PettyJohn, Maria Taniguchi, Ryan Villamael, Yee Ilann, and Eric Zamuco
NONA GARCIA: Silverlens, Manila
YEE I-LANN: Ayala Museum, Manila
PIO ABAD: CCA, Glasgow
MARTHA ATIENZA, PATRICIA PEREZ EUSTAQUIO, GREGORY HALILI, RYAN VILLAMAEL: Singapore Biennale, Singapore
On Tuesdays, we hold a Silverlens General Meeting first hour and a half, followed by meetings with our Gallery Manager and Special Projects Manager for all ongoing projects onsite and offsite. We do studio visits once or twice a week. Actually, each day is different. For example, today I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design brunch walk through with curators Inti Guerrero, Cosmic Costinas, and Joselina Cruz. A fantastic show Soils and Stones Soul and Songs, an international selection of 30+ artists. A real statement that the show is starting here in Manila before it travels to other world cities. After brunch, I went to the gallery: checked on commissioned pieces from artists Dina Gadia and Pow Martinez, went through emails and snail mail, and did price updates for artists Genevieve Chua and Patricia Eustaquio. We owe Patty a studio visit for her Singapore Biennale piece, which I will probably do later today, after my meeting with the Kadist SF/Paris folks who are here for the MCAD show that they helped organise.
It’s a good idea to visit a lot of galleries and museums so you can decide what you like vs what you don’t like. It’s also better to have a personal opinion than to follow the herd. Work with galleries who represent their artists, the commitment to an artist’s career by a gallery is a good gauge of how serious the artist / gallery is, and the longevity of both artist / gallery.
The photography market is not as strong as I had hoped it would become. However, what I do find is that a lot of artists work with photography. They integrate the medium, as well as other mediums, in their body of work. It’s not so much about photography, but more about the artist.
We lack curators and we lack writers. We are putting up an art think tank called Calle Wright that gives grants for research and publications. Hopefully this will strengthen the system a little bit.
We open our new space in January with a group show of our artists in the main gallery, and a show of Gregory Halili in the smaller gallery. We are very excited about this new space because we were able to design it with what we learned about gallery spaces the last ten years, and looking forward to the next ten years, what will Silverlens be. Programming includes exhibitions by our artists as well as hosting exhibitions by artists from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong. It’s going to have a stronger regional flavour.
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