Light & Space Contemporary
In our fast-paced day and age, a city’s art scene can struggle to grow organically, what with the myriad threats of inflation, globalisation and consumerism looming like inevitable rainclouds. Fortunately for the fledgling artists of Manila, in 2010 the Tecson family dedicated their business’ Quezon City warehouses to the sole purpose of showcasing contemporary art. Thanks to this ample space, brothers Jason and Joseph Tecson (an artist himself) have given local artists a platform to display their art forms from painting, drawing and photography, to sculpture and installation work – and even gone on to open a second location in Fort Bonifacio.
Cast your gaze beyond the glass-fronted facades and onto the whitewashed gallery walls, and you’ll find the works of current resident artists including up-and-comers like Clarissa Rodriguez, fashioning playful silhouettes from neon tube lighting; Dave Lock, scrawling intricate Francis Bacon-esque portraits across huge canvasses; and Miguel Lope Inumerable, assembling awesome, geometric structures using painted toothpicks. Also on show are a number of more established names like Ernest Concepcion, whose multimedia work – ranging from symbolic to modernist – has gained him followers in his adopted home of New York. With such a diverse cache in its archive, Light & Space presents the perfect opportunity to discover (or even to invest in) some of Asia’s best rising talent.
G/F / Fort Victoria Bldg / 5th Ave cnr 23rd St / Fort Bonifacio / +63 2 239 8202 / 10am-7pm Tue-Sat, Sun by appt only / + branch / lightandspacecontemporary.com