MUSEUM DATES: The Artinformal Gallery in Makati Reopens on Dec 9
As the country reopens slowly, the art sector has been silently working its way to invite art lovers back to museums and galleries. Aside from the National Museum of the Philippines, many small and private galleries are reopening as well to accommodate art lovers who miss art in general.
Recently, one of the famous and go-to art places within the metro, the Artinformal in Makati announced its reopening on Dec. 9. Gracing the upcoming exhibits by artists Brisa Amir and Tosha Albor.
Brisa Amir | As the Blades Softens, The Fern Yields
IMAGE from Artinformal
Like foliage peeking through concrete cracks or slowly creeping over gated walls, Brisa Amir peers through impervious spaces and pries them open to yield to nature’s gentle force.
Moved by the quiet thriving of plants in adversity, the artist expresses collective trauma and silent grief in leaf-like collages, funeral bouquets made from old works, torn and sewn together in organic layers.
In pieces threaded with embroidery, she channels nature’s unhurried unraveling while imprinting them with new vistas and experiences through stencils and linear flourishes reminiscent of Matisse’s drawings.
“Reclaiming herself through reclaiming (gated) spaces, she wages a quiet rebellion against the tyranny of violence and individualistic apathy. One with the wisdom that says “as the blade softens, the fern yields”, Brisa Amri opens up in defiance of conditioned selfishness and invites viewers to partake of pleasures of radical vulnerability.
Brisa Amir/IMAGE from Artinformal
Brisa Amir (b. 1992) paints through textures in her studio and its peripheries. She makes marks through cracks in unfinished walls, while rainfall makes spontaneous stains, and footsteps, paws imprint on paper. Amidst these layers, graphite and industrial paint complement organic mark-making. Beyond a fascination with paper’s materiality, Amir documents daily activities in immersive walks: observing residents improvising missing parts of their homes, collecting objects common to a curb (wood, discarded textile to stitch), and recording structures through thermal paper’s touch.
Tosha Albor | Residue
Tosha Albor/IMAGE from Artinformal
Tosha Albor’s show Residue presents a series of paintings that convey the loss and gains she has experienced in the last year. The works tell a personal story evoking the power of symbolic narrative combined with the artist’s free-form abstract style.
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