Fluid space reworked into mall art gallery

‘It’s Friday Night’ by Gabo Valuenzuela.

Making art accessible to the public was a concern that moved artists, gallerists and other players to pivot towards the digital realm and to reimagine physical venues as fresh avenues to present art.

At Robinsons Galleria and long before the pandemic happened, property developer Robinsons Land was already committed to promoting Filipino artists and their artistry by holding exhibits in the area.

Many exhibitions later, it has transformed one of its spaces into a more permanent venue for the visual arts. Aptly called “ARTablado,” its organizers describe it further as a “ a portmanteau of ‘art’ and ‘entablado’” and is “Robinsons Land’s very own stage in showcasing Filipino ingenuity and creativity. This platform allows emerging artists to freely express themselves through art and paves the way to greater recognition of their talent and hard work.”

Photographs courtesy of robinsons galleria
‘Infinite Reality’ by Jayvee del Rosario.

 

‘Illumination’ by Mr. Fu.

 

‘Breakthrough’ by Marie Ann Gran-Paredes.

 

‘Funny Memories’ by Kwin Chi.

ARTablado’s latest show is  titled “Perpetual Flux,” which is on view until 30 September at the said gallery on Level 3 of Robinsons Galleria. Within its dynamic, curvilinear space are 66 works of the 13 members of ARTfinity.

Another art show on view until the end of October at Café Summit Ridge in Tagaytay is titled ARTfinity: Unfiltered.

To rewind a bit, ARTfinity is composed of Fine Arts graduates from the College of Holy Spirit whose talents were not really showcased as they pursued other professions other than their field of training or because they got busy raising their families. A handout describes their collective art journey as such: “But when the pandemic hit, these individuals needed something to cope with the bleakness of the situation, and art was there all along. They decided to take up painting again and become part of an art group formed in the first half of 2020 called ARTfinity which has two ongoing exhibitions.”

‘Ming Dottore’ by Astrid Anabo.

These artists are Valerie Teng, Aina Marcaida, Andrei Solmirano, Jonathan Astrid Anabo, Gabriel Xavier Valenzuela, Jayvee Del Rosario, Kwin Chi, Mark Anthony Janoya, Marie Ann Paredes, Mr. Fu, Phil Salazar, Scifi Scifi Wasabi and Zarah Eugenie Cabangon.

Their latest creative harvests have found a home for the public to appreciate in two Robinsons Land spaces this month and the next.


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