“FUTURE PRESENT” draws inspiration from Mono8 Gallery’s vision to become a platform where the exchange of artistic practices between contemporary artists come together to have a place wherein history becomes present with the current art forms.
The exhibition reflects on the concurrent chronicling of time, as believed to have been a practice of the Buddha Padmasambhava who was known to see the past, the present, and the future simultaneously.
Through an annual exhibition, “FUTURE PRESENT” looks at the distinct and significant approaches to the art-making process of the artists we have invited for this show, which includes the likes of Clarence Chun, Brittany Watkins, Dexter Sy, Jonathan Olazo, Kristoffer Ardeña, Kristone Capistrano, LJ Ablola, Martin Honasan, Michelle Pérez , Pol Mondok, Rico Entico, and Van Tuico among others.
In celebration of Mono8 Gallery’s second edition of “Future Present”, we tread through a collection that navigates across the junctures of time. Here, we find works that represent the distinct approaches and practices of the artists in this exhibition. As we reflect on the gallery’s position in bringing contemporary art to the fore, we are reminded of its location, which is housed inside a historic mansion built in the 1900s, a place that has survived wars, political turmoils, and varying degrees of urbanization. This fact prompts us to believe the importance of presenting art, which cedes beyond hype marketing and spectacles, that increases its notoriety. What we have in “Present Future” are journals, instead of objects; narratives instead of images – everything that continues to encompass time and what mediates within. We are proud to provide a platform to forms of art, which negotiates histories, current events, and all that can be chronicled. In our second year, we once again put the presence of the future at hand, one step forward.
Situated inside Manila’s historic Malate district and housed inside a colonial mansion built in the 1900s, Mono8 Gallery continues with an exhibition that will delve deeper into the integration of the old and the contemporary.
It will open tonight at 8pm at the Ground level of Casa Tesoro, 1335 Mabini st. Ermita, Manila.
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