Community Chat: Artery Art Space- Pumping creativity through the heart of the Metro Manila Art Scene
I’m a believer that the word “Heart” being an anagram of “Earth” is no coincidence …and that “Earth” without “Art” is just plain “Eh”. The fact that the two statements above made you cringe, means there lies a bit of truth in them. It doesn’t take an artist to know how great the role of art is in making a fully functional society and we cannot stress enough the importance of flourishing art spaces like Artery Art Space in making Manila, an inspiring place to live in.
Q: What is Artery Art Space in a nutshell?
A: Artery Art Space is a contemporary art gallery, with a shop & a snack bar. Artery Art Space presents the latest visually compelling works of art today in their most stimulating conceptual context, where viewers could fill not just their thoughts but can also avail of refreshing drinks and delicious food at the snack bar, as well as find something they might want to cultivate their inspiration, whether its books or art supplies, at the shop.
Q: Can you tell us when and how the gallery started?
A: We are artists that have experience with gallery systems which we wanted to push towards more interactive areas outside of the typical white box. So when the opportunity came to re-conceptualize an old apartment complex into a multifunctional space for art, that also houses a store and a snack bar, Artery Art Space was born.
Q: What is the inspiration behind Artery Art Space?
A: The whole thing was actually precipitated by the need to diversify and offer something atypical yet still engaging, something which the contemporary moment calls for. We didn’t want to be static and so we thought about how things move dynamically, like a circulatory system, with arteries so to speak. We kinda like the thought that we are a conduit for things happening.
Q: What makes this place unique compared to other galleries?
Artery dismantles your expectations, the way art does, to make you think and experience differently.
Q: Why do you love Manila?
A: Because Manila is inexplicably endearing, its in your face and unforgettable, a guilty pleasure that you keep coming back to.
Q: What’s coming up in Artery?
A: Our exhibits change monthly and so there is always something interesting that people will find. Our exhibits range from anything about Pop, science fiction, society, alternative music, and on special occasion, that charming domestic companion of ours – cats. We have upcoming exhibits opening on July 29, Saturday featuring works by Jiddu San Jose and David Viray on “Structuring Matter” and Jem Magbanua’s “Inner Weather”.
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Let’s keep the artistic heart of Manila beating, one neighborhood gallery at a time.