Small World : An anniversary show (including) Ambie Abaño, Antipas Delotavo, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Karen Flores, Renato Habulan, Mark Justiniani, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Alwin Reamillo, Don Salubayba

Tin-aw Gallery celebrates its anniversary with “Small World". Featuring artists Ambie Abaño, Leo Abaya, Nick Aca, Mike Adrao, CarloAranton, Dennis Atienza, Robert Besana, Francis Commeyne, Marika Constantino,Antipas Delotavo, Alfredo Esquillo Jr., Karen Flores, Chris Gomez, Renato Habulan, Gregory Halili, Mark Justiniani, Kurt Lluch, Lofranco, Ivan Macarambon, Joy Mallari, Noli PrincipeManalang, Ferdinand Montemayor, Lee Paje, Anthony Palomo, Christina Quisumbing Ramilo, Alwin Reamillo, Kirby Roxas, Archie Ruga, Don Salubayba, Ioannis Sicuya, Adeo Sta. Juana, Clairelynn Uy, Abril Valdemoro.

With over thirty participating artists, exhibition features works that are explorations into miniature format. The only limitation being that their works do not exceed a six-inch cube, the artists utilize a broad range of materials and forms.

Here, there is the matter of minute autonomy, of minor worlds that open at the frame. Each work or set is ruled by distinct internal logics of facture and phrasing, with perhaps some even going so far to demand engagement solely on their terms. As we turn from one to the other, we work our way through discrete approaches and idiosyncracies of art practice. 

At the same time, there is the matter of proximity, immediate and affective, that makes of these distinct points a community. What is self-contained is exposed to its neighbor and a valency or referentiality in terms of affinities, disjunctions, and counterpoints is established. Dense, reciprocal, and binding, these relationships, in turn, weave another world that must be traversed, articulated, mapped and otherwise reckoned with.

Ostensibly, it is the gallery space that demarcates the bounds of this world. But the exhibition is expansive even while it is diminutive and thus resists a reductive view. The gallery itself is merely another point in a larger matrix, not just of spaces of display and commerce, but of political economies, of traditions and paths of practice, and worlds besides. 

The exhibition opens 6PM Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 and runs until the 24th of March. Tin-aw Gallery is located at the Upper ground Floor of Somerset Olympia at the corner of Makati Avenue and Sto. Tomas Street.