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See How Young Artists View Life Through These Abstract Artworks

Three artists convey how they see places, events, politics, and global concerns through mixed-media art.
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In “Anyplace Whatever,” ongoing at Artery Art Space, Catalina Africa-Espinosa, Richard Quebral, and Mai Saporsantos interpret another way of “looking and living,” dissecting through various forms of art the places, events, global concerns, politics, and chance encounters that influence our daily lives.

Africa-Espinosa’s abstract mixed-media compositions are her meditations on existence, personal discovery, and the joy of living. In her creative visions, assembled with found materials overlapped with painting, sculpture, or video, the world is seen as “labyrinths of joy and wonder,” where everyday objects can attain a deeper meaning. She graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts, and pursued further studies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.


Similarly, Saporsantos' work invokes “dream sequences, personal anecdotes, observed reality, and the interpretation of its objects.” The meanings of her abstract artworks are deliberately confusing, the goal being to both fascinate and perplex the viewer. Saporsantos earned her bachelor’s degree in art studies from the University of the Philippines, and also studied at the Art Students League of New York. Based in Ilocos Sur, Quebral is a rising star in the art scene. A member of the Vigan-based artists collective Grupo Biag, Quebral gained a following in Manila through successful displays over the years at Art in the Park. In his mixed-media works, the artist captures “the modern malaise of alienation, boredom, and material consumption that calls for transformation and change.” Ongoing until November 11, 102 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City; 725.2837.

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This story was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Town&Country.

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