Planes of Existence


This was my work a day before it was transported to the gallery. Below was us during ingress. We were still waiting for works from a few artists but we were very much decided with the placement at this point. One of our first concerns was the amount of work to place in a small room. Eventually we were able to find a workaround as the variation of large and small works came in. I handed in our writeup.

I realized that I get bashful whenever I take photos using my camera during events and exhibitions. It feels like I’m intruding. Maybe I’m just not used to having a camera anymore. The body response from the lens is different from a camera phone’s. There rests a heavier burden on both ends to act responsibly when faced with a larger lens.

The show had some substantial foot traffic. I eased my way through the crowd as discreetly as possible to get at least one photo from each wall. Looking at the files earlier, I noticed that I didn’t take a lot of photos, I missed a few works, and most of these were terribly shot. The documentation deserves a redo. Hopefully I will get to update this before the egress.


Planes of Existence

Planes of Existence presents 12 varied perspectives from 12 different contemporary painters. Throughout the course of time, the parameters of landscape as a genre rebelled its predecessors according to what is deemed currently relevant and disposable. The inception of the genre was brought about as an essential component in uplifting the environment of the gods and figures of power up to the point of its separation: man’s decision to paint landscape as a stand-alone imagery. As history approached the twentieth century, and as movements changed and questioned its predecessors, land became a malleable subject, giving more power to the ordinary man to paint as how he feels and sees it, without being constrained by structure or virtue.

The definition of landscape as purely an environment becomes liquid and transgresses beyond technique, framing, orientation and subject matter. This exhibition aims to reveal the fluidity and definition of the genre according to the artist as a participant in the makings of history. Due to the revisionary definition of landscape, the canvas becomes a blank slate that confronts the participant’s decision to carry over past notions or to give birth to new definitions.


Ciane Xavier


Bjorn Calleja, Don Dalmacio, Valerie Chua


Pakz Gonzaga


RA Tijing, Kaloy Sanchez, Art Sanchez


Ernest Concepcion, Nix Puno


Jason Montinola


Other exhibitions at Art Cube

Images below are of Roy Rotsatase’s Vision and Mission and Jett Osian’s Manufectured Consent which were simultaneously exhibiting alongside ours. Their rooms were a lot bigger. I love how their works were able to command presence within their spaces.