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For “Boxes, Bowls, Belljars” ­ her third solo exhibit for Pablo/Post, ­Tin Garcia unshackles the common imagery associated with bondage. “Boxes, Bowls, Belljars” does away with the leather, chains, gags, and whips. Instead, the paintings in this exhibit explore submission though confinement and suffocation in the realm of domesticity. Figures are stuffed into invisible glass boxes, their limbs, skin, and hair pressing against all sides. Tin wanted to examine anxiety inducing situations and the sense of claustrophiliac freedom that submission ultimately provides­­ or as the artist puts it, “applying pressure to cleanse.” The exhibit will be on view until Feb. 20 at Post Cubao X. 02 400 79 05




89For his solo exhibition “Power of Ownership” at 1335MABINI, Yoshinori Niwa explores the function of language in the act of privately owning an object. The identifying stamp on an object that one deems valuable as to make it his own, is in this case, a specific owner’s name. Niwa reverses the idea, asking workers who embroider labels on certain products to put their names instead of the buyer’s. Changing the underlying construct of an existing social practice, the artist challenges a popular idea by introducing a new mode of experience. The exhibit is on view at 1335MABINI until Feb. 7



Entries are now being accepted for the Short Film category of the 2016 Cinemalaya Independent Film Competition. Deadline for submission is on Feb. 26, 6 p.m. at the Media Arts Division of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.  The 10 best short features will be announced on May 6, 2016 and will be screened during the 2016 Cinemalaya Festival on Aug. 5-14 at the CCP and other festival venues chosen by Cinemalaya. The best short feature will receive a prize of P150,000 and the Balanghai trophy during the Cinemalaya Awards Night on Aug. 14, 2016 at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater). For entry forms, complete guidelines, rules and regulations and mechanics,, or CCP Media Arts Division at 02 832 11 25 loc 1704 and 1705



In “Formal Elements,” artist Irma Lacorte presents a series of pencil drawings on circular 122 cm. wood panels prepared and coated with emulsion and gesso. In the exhibit, Lacorte works with amassed images from old coffee table books and reverts to the basics of image making by isolating or expanding line, texture, form, and tonal value. The artist references the oeuvre of American abstract artist and architect, Richard Meier—transposing his modernity with a somewhat artisanal touch; in which light and shade are wittily permutated reaching aesthetic balance. “Formal Elements” is on view at Galleria Duemila until the Jan. 31.



Unlocking the secrets of the universe inspired John Marin’s latest works for an upcoming solo exhibition, “Introspection.” In this series, Marin makes use of the familiar images of sky, clouds, and the outer space with its stars and galaxies to represent the profound truth that is yet to be captured by human faculties. “Introspection” is Marin’s second solo exhibition following his first held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines last year. Fascinated with the diversity of belief systems and worldviews, his art often explores the rich iconography of religion, mythology and folklore, and themes about tranquility, inner peace, and spiritual awakening. This exhibition is on view at the ArtistSpace of the Ayala Museum until from Jan. 26 and presented in cooperation with Art Verité. ArtistSpace is at the Ground Level, Ayala Museum Annex, Makati Avenue corner De La Rosa Street, Greenbelt Park, Makati City. 02 759 82 88 or email



From Jan. 15 to Feb. 7, Repertory Philippines is staging Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot, which follows William Gillette, a Broadway star known for his portrayal of detective Sherlock Holmes, both in the play and in real life. He invites his castmates to his Connecticut castle for a weekend, where someone ends up dead. Gillette must channel his inner Holmes to track the killer and stop the next death.