Local galleries team up for immersive art fair

Ten galleries join forces to create an art collective that aims to experiment on new ways of presenting and experiencing art. The group’s pioneering project ALT Philippines 2020 will be held on Feb. 14-16 at the SMX Convention Center at SM Aura Premier. 

Local galleries team up for immersive art fair
The founding collective behind the pioneering art show, ALT Philippines 2020 happening on Feb. 14-16, represents 10 visionary and dynamic local galleries.
The collective is composed of visionary and dynamic local galleries, ranging from the most veteran and experienced along with exciting young vanguards. These include Artinformal, Blanc, Finale Art File, Galleria Duemila, MO_Space, The Drawing Room, Underground, Vinyl on Vinyl, West Gallery, and 1335 Mabini, who consider ALT a passion project.  

With their combined expertise and experience, they offer a rare opportunity for visitors to view an exceptional and thoughtfully curated selection of work from over 150 established, mid-career, and emerging artists in one venue in an immersive and engaging format.  

Exhibiting artists include some of the most dynamic in the industry, whose works have shaped the conversation of art in the last decade. 

A unique feature is the collective’s hands-on approach to producing and designing each aspect of the art show: from the hive-like design of the venue to dedicated spaces highlighting each galleries’ distinct contemporary visions, to public programming. 

Artinformal will present the works of their represented artists and several guest artists in a newspaper-format catalogue featuring interviews focusing on the theme “Materials of the Artist.” These interviews are a discussion with each artist on the materials they use and how these materials affect and influence their work. 

Blanc Gallery’s exhibition, “Fulfilled Space” begins its journey with how small, mindful, deliberate movements progress towards a state of contentment. The artworks shift daily, until the shell is stripped to its blank innocence.  

The Drawing Room represents artists whose respective practices represent a country in constant frenetic flux and depict the ensemble of realities that makes up their own complex situations and environments. Its show for ALT Philippines 2020 aims to reflect the defined sensibility of each artist.

Finale Art File’s exhibition for the inaugural fair is an opportunity to review the state of painting through the works of 11 Filipino contemporary artists. Crossing various styles and generations, their work represents the vitality and diversity of Philippine painting.

Galleria Duemila’s exhibition, “Carpe Diem: Beyond Seizing the Day,” brings together 10 diverse artists to challenge and further their process and practice in ways that are not considered to be predictable in any given audience. 

1335 Mabini will be exhibiting a dynamic range of works by both established and emerging artists, in accordance with the gallery’s commitment to artistic positions and practices exploring mobility, history, and critical engagement with the environment, collective memory, and politics.

MO_Space will be featuring paintings, sculpture, and objects by leading innovative contemporary artists and a selection of dynamic upcoming conceptual artists. With the gallery’s shows more artist-centered than market-driven, for ALT Philippines 2020, the gallery will highlight the strengths of each artist by asking them to show “the best of the best.”

Underground will feature a solo presentation of the artist Valerie Chua; whose works explore how individuals retain relevant information as they move across different landscapes.  

Vinyl on Vinyl showcases artists who explore beyond conventional art forms. Their works revolve around pop surrealism, after-modernism, post-internet, kinetic art, underground and street art, along with other emerging and unexplored genres. The gallery’s space in ALT Philippines 2020 includes several immersive installations alongside works that invite discussion on social commentary and experimental techniques.  

West Gallery features a range of veteran talent and promising young artists whose diverse visions reflect the pulse of Philippine contemporary art. For the February fair, the gallery invited artists to freely explore their own practices—part of its aim in encouraging visitors to continually educate themselves on the growing and evolving art scene.

Topics: ALT Philippines 2020 , “Fulfilled Space” , Blanc Gallery , 1335 Mabini
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