Welcome to the Space Encounters Gallery
The Space Encounters Gallery is an organic offshoot from interior design firm and mid-century modern furniture brand Space Encounters.
Space Encounters Gallery aims to promote a community that embraces reciprocity of ideas and art appreciation in a welcoming environment. Expect more exhibits and events that put the ingenuity of Filipino artistry at the forefront.
The concept for this new, must-visit space was inspired by the local brand’s latest collection, “The New Romantics,” which brings to the spotlight classical pieces mixed with mid-century modern and industrial elements.
The Gallery is set in a 124-square meter area that was originally intended as an extension of the Space Encounters furniture showroom. It features vignettes of mid-century modern furniture, vintage items, and art in its various forms—a study on how accessible, versatile, and fun art should be.
Each ensemble is carefully curated to showcase how each decorative element—when taken as a whole—can create a space that’s inviting and functional; even the hallway leading to the Gallery offers snippets of art and furniture that co-exist to create an intimate and inviting ambiance.
March – April Shows
March 21, 2019 6 pm
This March, Space Encounters Gallery holds back-to-back solo shows featuring three of the country’s prominent young artists: Kris Abrigo, Nonie Cruzado, and Soleil Ignacio.
In Brut Salad, Abrigo plays around with postmodern abstract expressionism and suprematism, juxtaposed with his signature of colorful street and pop art. Abrigo sets these against “brutalist contemporary trends,” while elements that pay homage to his hometown in Bicol lend a sprinkle of nostalgia in this series.
Meanwhile, Cruzado, whose works border on dark, sci-fi fantasy, explores perceptions of reality in Slumber Party. Cruzado, who has had a series of exhibits in Metro Manila and in California (where he is currently based) presents intriguing ideas that prompts the viewer to prod a little deeper and “question wakefulness.”
Tempering this flurry of abstract and surreal images is Ignacio’s Platera. In this solo exhibit, Ignacio deviates from her usual medium; in lieu of paper, ceramics from Hey Kessy serve as the canvas. As with her paintings and illustrations of self-assured women, this choice in fragile material conceals something more potent: “challenging the traditional notion that Filipinas should be dainty, neat, and ‘di makabasag-pinggan’ to be considered acceptable in this society.”
Brut SaladKris Abrigo View Exhibition
Slumber PartyNonie Meimban View Exhibition
PlateraSoleil Ignacio View Exhibition
Stillness is the NoiseMiguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, Toto Labrador, Cru Camara, Carmen Del Prado, Floyd Jhocson, Jilson Tiu, Eloisa Lopez View Exhibition
Everything’s a BlurNorlie Meimban View Exhibition
Slowly SurelyFitz Herrera View Exhibition
Zweet SixteenCarlo Vergara, Rene Cuvos, JC Penaflorida, Merlito Gepte, Buen Abrigo, Burn Aquino, Irish Galon, Amos Malayao, Teofilo Alagao Jr., Norlito Meimban View Exhibition
Events & Programs
Art in the Park (2019)
March 17, 2019 10:00 amView Event
2018 in Philippine art (Feature)December 31, 2018 5:00 pm
25 Best Arts and Culture Moments of 2018 FeatureDecember 28, 2018 5:00 pm