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/
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.