True to its roots as a warehouse gallery, Silverlens moves to a former commissary of a restaurant chain on Chino Roces Avenue. The space is brighter and bigger than its previous incarnation, with dedicated rooms for artists, collectors, and visitors. It also has impressive new features such as special light boxes and a facade made of corrugated plastic, making the space brighter and semi-transparent from the outside.
These improvements have us thinking about art-related resolutions. New space, new cultural habits.
1. Collect more art—or at least the know which are the most desirable pieces.
The new gallery has more viewing rooms for clients. These discreet areas give patrons the privacy to assess pieces and decide on a purchase.
On occasion, the corner rooms will function as special exhibition spaces. Expect the most intriguing art here. For its opening month, Silverlens uses one of the viewing rooms for Gregory Halili’s Echo—with a skeletal piece that has uncut corals for bones.
2. Be more privy to color differences.
An art gallery, being a huge spectrum of color, requires a special kind of lighting. This is why Rachel Rillo, founding director of Silverlens, pushed for custom-made Italian light boxes on the main ceiling. They're also up-to-speed with the times. The brightness and hue can be controlled using a mobile phone app.
Visitors can better see color differences under these special lights. Vibrant pieces are complemented by a yellowish cast, while dark galactic pieces like Genevieve Chua’s Ultrasound #7 changes form as brightness is decreased.
3. Meet artists and fellow art aficionados.
The ground floor of the new Silverlens gallery houses artists' studios and a pantry. On the mezzanine is a small hangout, with chairs and a shelf of art books. All perfect places for chitchat or a serious debate about the art on display.
4. Have more cultural dates.
No more complaining about stale weekend activities. The new gallery has a larger floor area, which means more leisurely walks with family, friends, and lovers while looking at new art.
5. Get away from the fast-paced life every now and then.
Take a cue from artists in the modern world. When at work, they retreat from the madness of social media and appreciate the slowness of time. Treat yourself to some of that next time you have a few minutes for an art break and drop in to Silverlens.
The new Silverlens gallery is located at Lapanday Center, Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati.