If home is defined as a place where one is truly appreciated and understood, then Silverlens’ new gallery in Lapanday Center, Makati is exactly that for both the artist and the art viewer. The two-story space is designed to serve many purposes; it houses offices, artist’s studios, and a library, in addition to the spacious exhibition spaces and viewing rooms that keep the area consistent with Silverlens’ pioneering of the local warehouse gallery movement in the mid-2000s.
Artists will find that the gallery’s white walls and dynamic lighting act as a blank canvas on which there are no restrictions to what they wish to be exhibited. Meanwhile, visitors to the gallery will find that the artworks themselves act as a roadmap open to interpretation; instead of imposing a definite path throughout the gallery, the interconnected rooms invite to be explored however the audience is compelled to do so. This new gallery is in itself a study of the relationship between works of art and the spaces they inhabit.
Mirroring this growth of physical space and function, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, entitled Translacion, celebrates the individual growth of the 22 artists it represents. The exhibition presents works both old and new — collectively becoming a symbol of an artist’s possible trajectories, and a testament to the relationship of the gallery with these artists it has provided a consistent space for.
Translacion curator Gary-Ross Pastrana doesn’t see the exhibit as just another welcoming party, in the same way that he doesn’t see the new gallery as just another set of walls to be filled. Aware of art’s waning presence in the non-digital world (and of the uncertainty that has become the norm in a post-truth world), Pastrana thinks of this physical space as a symbol that artists will endure, and that art — in whatever shape or form — is certain.
Translacion runs until February 4 at the Silverlens Galleries, Lapanday Center, 2263 Don Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati City.