Signum Contemporary Objects, a platform for objects created by artists, designers, architects, and creatives, opens “Memories” on 8 November. The exhibition will be held at Artelano-11, 2680 F.B. Harrison Street, Pasay, City, Metro Manila, until 11 November. (Swipe the slideshow below to view a few selected works; hover over the photograph for captions.)
"Tower of Memories" by Jose Tong
Subtly taking the shape of a shell, the object draws a parallel between a mollusk--which emerges at will or triggered by external stimuli--and memory.
"Daddy" by Josef Crisanto
A stool shaped like a whisky glass represents Crisanto's memories of his father. "Do we drink to remember or do we drink to forget?" the artist asks.
"Janus" by Janus Design Studio
A stool with faces on either side is named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, duality, transitions, and time.
"Not What It Seems to Be" by Wataru Sakuma
"We try to make decisions on what we know," the artist's statement reads, "but more often, things aren't what they seem." Questioning memory and faith, these objects, at first glance, look like heavy pieces of iron, but upon interaction with them, they prove to be very lightweight, with seeds inside that make the objects function as maracas.
"Night and Day" by Alvin Zafra
The preservation of fragile roses in resin is an "attempt to preserve the fleeting and impermanent."
"Hammer" from "Time Out Series" by Gabriel Lichauco
"Hammer" is a piece from the series by Lichauco which are "objects of a child's imagination, built without thinking or purpose but just to enjoy that particular moment."
"Steel Vow" by Juan Alcazaren
A flickering eternal flame lights "Steel Vow" from within a weathered structure, pitting vows against half-sincere promises.
"Foxtrot Gnarly" from Spring Swing by Lilliana Manahan
Manahan calls her piece "an archaeological artifact...except in the realm of the mind."
"Sinew 3" by Aze Ong
Three pieces made with stainless steel framing, wires, and mixed yarn were inspired by a 600-year-old balete tree from Ong's memory.
The opening will feature a performance by crochet artist Aze Ong and a pop-up bookshop by Art Books PH.
On view will be pieces by Ambie Abano, Kris Abrigo, Juan Alcazaren, Miguel Aquilizan and Jessica Dorizac, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Ninel Constantino, Josef Crisanto, Ranelle Dial, Cirilo Domine, Joji Duque, Kiko Escora, Ma. Rita B. Gudino, Jagnus Design Studio, Gabriel Lichuaco, Lilianna Manahan, Ged Merino, Leeroy New, Aze Ong, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Wataru Sakuma, Jose Tong, and Alvin Zafra.
Artist Talks are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 10 & 11 November. On Saturday, join the panel discussion at 3 p.m. with Juan Alcazaren, Lilianna Manahan, Leeroy New, and Jose Tong, led by Boots Herrera. The discussion will be followed by “Objects as Repositories and Triggers for Memory: The Use of Mementos in the Creation of Art,” a talk by Ninel Constantino, at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Cirilo Domine will present an overview of his art practice of over two decades (3 p.m.); Gary-Ross Pastrana takes us through the arc of his curatorship practice and how it relates to his art career (4 p.m.); and ceramicist Rita B. Gudiño offers another talk at 5 p.m.
Throughout the exhibition will be a pop-up cafe by Slow Days.
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