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These Solo Exhibitions Explore The Complexity of Black, Gray, and White

From August 5 to September 2, works by contemporary artists Alvin Zafra, Costantino Zicarelli, and Nice Buenaventura will be on view at Artinformal Gallery.
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Contemporary artists Alvin Zafra, Costantino Zicarelli, and Nice Buenaventura hold separate, yet seemingly related, exhibits at Artinformal this month. In “Hi-Way 54,” Zafra casts a spell with his signature sandpaper works, depicting vast stretches of the nefarious highway now better known as EDSA. What should be familiar to the thousands who traverse this man-made hell daily is given a twist; in Zafra’s gray sketches, the highway is shown eerily empty—not a car nor soul in sight, “a vision of a car-free EDSA.”


WD 1 (detail), by Nice Buenaventura

Filipino-Italian artist Zicarelli uses his last show at the gallery, 2016’s “Prelude to a billion years,” as a jumping point for this show, “Deelpru/ ot/ a/ biillno/ aersy years \billion \a \to \prelude,” where he pursues further explorations in abstractionism. The techniques and artistic style he uses here may remind viewers of previous shows, notably his 2012 exhibit “Swallowed by Shadows,” but for this coming show, Zicarelli works with a different medium and primarily in black.


Untitled, by Costantino Zicarelli

In her first solo show at Artinformal, Buenaventura presents her long-running Wave Drawings series. The artist’s works make use of a mobile phone app that translates physical movements into a series of shapes and graphs, which Buenaventura then assigns and applies various gradations of color on to, a process that she refers to as “a documentation of a documentation.” August 5 to September 2; 277 Connecticut Street, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong; for more information, contact Oliver Ortega at 0917.897.6691; [email protected]; artinformal.com.

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

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