mag:net news august

Galleon Trade loves Mag:net for obvious reasons. We will post Mag:net’s monthly newsletter from hereon out, so that all you fools who aren’t in Metro Manila can read about all the fun you’re missing here.

GERRY TAN’S FLATBED STORIES OPENS AT MAG:NET GALLERY
Former UE College of Fine Arts Dean Gerry Tan opens his recent exhibition at Mag:net Gallery in Katipunan this Saturday, 18 August. The show will be on view up to 8 September. Some 8 bands have been lined up by Romeo Lee for the night (Free Admission- Compli food and drinks downstairs, full pay bar upstairs) to absorb and entertain the huge crowd expected to attend Gerry’s opening this Saturday. Titled “Flatbed Images” the exhibition consists of collage-based oil paintings one measuring 7×7ft which Gerry “explores with processes that involve the mechanical and manual replication of images”. Read article and view paintings>http://www.magnet.com.ph/exhibition/katip/2007/08-18.htm

MAG:NET ARTISTS IN ATENEO AWARDS 2007
Three artists associated with Mag:net bested the Ateneo Art Awards this year. They are Lyle Buencamino for the exhibition “A Bowtie for John Lyle” shown last year at the now defunct Mag:net Gallery in ABS-CBN compound, Wawi Navarroza for the exhibition “Saturnine: A Collection of Portraits, Creatures, Glass & Shadow” at the Silverlens Gallery and MM Yu for the exhibition “Thoughts Collected, Recollected” at Finale Art File. Though Wawi Navarroza has not shown yet in Mag:net Gallery she has been performing in Mag:net Cafe as the lead singer of the band called The Late Isabel. MM Yu aside from holding shows in Mag:net, also curates her Table Gallery at the café in Katipunan. To the 3 artists, our warmest congratulations!

GALLEON TRADE SHOWS END BUT EXPEDITIONS TO CONTINUE
The Philippine Daily Inquirer published an article about the Galleon Trade Art Exchange chronicling how the project went through this past 3 weeks which the visiting “galleonistas” enjoyed very much. Galleon Trade curator and main organizer Jenifer Wofford has already been apologetic, “we will never be able to reciprocate the enthusiasm, the support and the hospitality accorded us when it’s our turn to host in the US”. All the 9 visiting artists have gone back to the US but we were told Gina Osterloh is coming back soon for a 3-month stay in Manila as a Fulbright fellow. Written by Pedro Dumancas, one of the café’s regulars and witness to the Galleon Trade “expedition”, the article dwelled more on the project than the works of the galleonistas”. Read article>
http://services.inquirer.net/express/07/08/06/html_output/xmlhtml/20070806-80769-xml.html

THE MO THE BETTER
We welcome the opening of another art space, Mawen and David Ong’s MO at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig just across Mag:net Café High Street. It’s always great to have more art spaces opening that are committed to support cutting edge art. With Silverlens now in place and doing good work and with MO’s coming into the picture, Manila is in for another great and promising period for the visual arts. It was also nice seeing the opening crowd ending up in Mag:net Café High Street after MO’s opening last week. Next time we will organize a Lee’s Night or S.A.B.A.W. Night at Mag:net High Street to coincide with MO’s opening if that is OK.

KIRI DALENA AND KHVAN DE LA CRUZ OFF TO KOREA AND AUSTRALIA
We will be missing two indie filmmakers closest to Mag:net’s Cinekatipunan. Both are leaving the country to attend International Film Festivals and Conferences. Khavn, who curates a weekly Cinekatipunan program “SHORTFILMANIA!” is off to attend an Australia Film Festival while Cinekatipunan Project Director Kiri Dalena is leaving for Korea to attend the Migrant Workers Film Festival and to be a resource person at a conference that aims to facilitate film dialogue and international media solidarity. It will be attended by media activist groups from developing nations. Held Mondays to Saturdays Cinekatipunan screenings start at 5PM. View Cinekatipunan August Calendar> http://www.magnet.com.ph/schedules/2007-08-Cine.JPG

MAG:NET CAFÉ IN TIME MAGAZINE
Mag:net Café has been cited by Time Magazine as “Manila’s influential live venue.” Hmmm…we never thought of that but thanks to Lara Day who made the comment and wrote the article “The Way of Dharma” which was published in last week’s issue of the international magazine. Up Dharma Down one of the bands that play regularly in both Mag:net venues was pegged by BBC radio DJ Mark Coles as the Manila band most likely to cross over to the lucrative Anglophone market of North America. Read article>
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1644902,00.html?imw=Y

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