The Spaces Between Us

Space—its many interpretations and permutations—is the theme that ties together the two exhibits opening this June at Space Encounters Gallery. Aptly titled The Spaces Between Us, both shows celebrate the 10th year anniversary of interior design brand Space Encounters, which launched the gallery in the latter part of 2017. “The gallery has become a creative outlet for the entire firm. More than just creating furniture collections, we are now able to play around with a space: interiors, furniture, art, lighting, mood,” says Thor Balanon and Wilmer Lopez, who established the local mid-century design brand.

One half of the exhibit features Melbourne “Burn” Aquino with his second solo show. He represented the country at the XIth Florence Biennale in Florence, Italy last October 2017. Aquino, the gallery’s resident artist, employs “lettering abstraction,” a signature style that makes use of bold, deliberate strokes and hidden letters done in mixed media. The artist’s pieces are a teasing visual that easily dominates a blank wall, and a number of his commissioned works are on display in some of the metro’s cafés and restaurants.

Aquino often utilizes his art as a vehicle to express his views on socio-political issues, but for this show, he draws the viewer’s attention to what is familiar and homey, “hindi yung usual na mabigat at political,” he adds. Scraps of wood painted in bright hues make up the playful pieces that reflect Space Encounters’ passion for creating beautiful and functional homes and spaces; their irregular shapes a reflection of unbridled imagination. Aquino’s letter abstraction, meanwhile, takes on a different form as pops of color peek through textual images and easily recognizable faces.

The Spaces Between Us also showcases artworks by the team behind Space Encounters. Done in various media and interpretations, the collective exhibit further tackles what has become tantamount to the brand. Each piece— ultimately, the entire exhibit—is a testament to the vision that brought the firm to life 10 years ago: to create spaces that are not just pretty or trendy, but are, in themselves, functional, inclusive, and experiential.

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Previous Exhibitions

Fear Of Flying

Paco Pili View Collection

Look At You Now

Bayani Galera, Jessie Mondares Arno Salvador View Collection

The Warhol Show

Blic, Farley Del Rosario, Mr. S View Collection


Marlon Magbanua, Josep Pascual, Jayson Muring, Michael Pastorizo View Collection

Night & Day

Sherwin C. Tan View Collection

Brut Salad

Kris Abrigo View Collection


Soleil Ignacio View Collection

Slumber Party

Nonie Meimban View Collection

Stillness is the Noise

Miguel Nacianceno, Sonny Thakur, Toto Labrador, Cru Camara, Carmen Del Prado, Floyd Jhocson, Jilson Tiu, Eloisa Lopez View Collection

Everything’s a Blur

Norlie Meimban View Collection