Sunday, October 26, 2014

House of Horrors

Oct. 28, 2014
Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

Some say fear is what keeps us alive. Fear is the basic survival instinct that tells us to run, hide and protect ourselves from the beasts and monsters around us. It is that spine-chilling, bone-tingling sensation that creeps up on us in the face of the strange and unfamiliar. It certainly doesn’t sound like something to be excited about, but on one particular night each year, people celebrate the dark and sinister side of life. And on several occasions, people flock to movie houses or gather in front of the tv screen to watch horror movies and shows. To purposely scare our selves is both twisted and fascinating. Is it to prove our selves brave or otherwise? Is it a reminder that such things exist only on screen? Or is it a representation of our real world nightmares and darkest fantasies? Whatever the reason, our obsession with fear is what we all subtly share.

House of Horrors” exhibits this dark fascination through adaptations of horror movie posters from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. These vintage illustrations were artfully created to entice the audience and add to the suspense of watching an hour and a half long clip of vampires, aliens, zombies and the like.

Artists Anjo Bolarda, Lala Gallardo, Yeo Kaa, Keb Cerda, Tano Panaligan, Felix Rosales, Rommel Celestpara, JR Urao, JP Cuizon, Bjorn Calleja, Whooop, Fabo, Rai Cruz, Randy Constantino, Mimi Salibio and Jessie Mondares created paintings inspired by the movie poster they chose with the freedom to incorporate their own personal style.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

See You Later by Thursday Room

October 1, 2014
Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

“The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting.”
-Andy Warhol

Having the ability to foresee the future, in all its ubiquitous glory is, of course, ambitious but possible. If only we knew what would happen, we can clearly avoid repeating mistakes and we can easily make elaborate plans that will take us one step closer to success and happiness. Life can only give us hints and we can only have gut feelings. But sometimes our instincts mislead and we can’t decipher any hints, so we anticipate. 
Certain creatures, not limited to human beings, possess the capacity to anticipate or to do mental time travel. In order to anticipate the future, the mind must travel to the past to relate and evaluate experiences, actions, or habits that produce a certain event or situation. In this fleeting moment, characterized by high hopes and optimistic longing, one recognizes the purity of one’s desires. It is pleasurable and intoxicating, taking us deep to our innermost thoughts where our expectations are free from doubt and regret. This phenomenon has been a constant motivating force of change.
In their first solo show, Thursday Room presents “See You Later”, an anticipatory glimpse into what the future holds if they could only pay enough attention to the present. Looking through predictable patterns that unconsciously affect one’s stimuli, the artists flourish in their own niches.

Thursday Room is Chi Jihan, Eldzs Mejia, Fold Canela, Jill Adolfo, Kris Abrigo, Soleil Ignacio and Tokwa Penaflorida. 

HELLO BANDA, It's Jack Russel Terror! by Nix Puno

October 1 to 23, 2014
Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

Picture a nondescript place. It is dim but nowhere near quiet. People with eager faces fill the space and spill out onto the streets. Non-descript chatter and the sound of nonchalance fill the space. The room is brimming with wild anticipation. Then in one swift moment the hum of guitars cuts the murmurs into silence, and then transitions almost instantly into thundering excitement and blissful cheers. The air is electric with a sea of avid fans mouthing the songs that they’ve written. Three taps into the mic and the rest is history.

Hello Banda, It’s Jack Russell Terror!! celebrates the musicians that have carved their songs into the hearts of their audience, but in a way you least expect. Nix Puno goes past the spotlights, peels away the celebrity, and reveals the people behind the music, giving us a glimpse of life after the encore.

Nix Puno humanizes the glorified musician, giving us a glimpse of what happens when the mics are off and the guitars are unplugged. He gives color to the cheeks to the idols that have filled our ears with music that transcends time. He reveals a certain dimension to them and gives us a glimpse of the life that goes beyond the stage, and into the experiences that make their music what they are. In Hello Banda, It’s Jack Russell Terror!!, there is no stage, there are no idols. Just a group of people, grabbing a bite to eat, and having the time of theirs lives.

Don't Forget To Breathe - Jel Suarez & Chalk Zaldivar

October 1 to 23, 2014
Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery

In Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams, the master filmmaker reached inward to create a film that was built upon the dreams that he had over the years. The film was Kurosawa’s way of exploring different stages of his life, creating an artistic portrayal that favored visual splendor than dialogue. Dreams long been a major source of inspiration for different forms of art and in Don’t Forget to Breathe, artists Jel Suarez and Chalk Zaldivar recorded their dreams for a month and translated them through a series of collages that aim to show the humor, profound tragedy, and strangeness of their hidden fears and desires.

Suarez’s work aims to organize her thoughts through her collages in creating a visual narrative, while Zaldivar’s work ridicules the notion of his dreams. The medium that they use creates a stark separation between the two: Zaldivar utilizes odd shapes and colors cut from glossy modern magazines, while Suarez creates scenes from intricately cut objects and characters from old magazines and forgotten textbooks. Suarez revels in black and white subjects and imagery while Zaldivar shows zest with his colorful cut-outs.

Don’t Forget to Breathe is capped off with a dreamy, animated video installation that combines the two artists’ cut-outs to create a singular vision. The video is a colossal piece that shows the conflicts, the zigs, and the zags found inside the two minds that form this show.

Click the links below for photos of the artworks:

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Horror Movie Night!

In line with our upcoming Halloween exhibition, we are inviting you to scream, cry and shout with us. There will be drinks and popcorn. Feel free to bring your own beanbag to curl up in and monster to hug. See you on Wednesday and Saturday!

Friday, October 10, 2014

See You Later, Hello Banda It's Jack Russell Terror!, Don't Forget To Breathe

Thank you to everyone who dropped by last October 1 despite the pouring rain. You can still drop by the gallery (Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 nn to 7 pm) and view the exhibit until October 25. See you later! :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014