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At the Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines, two artists with highly con­trast­ing back­grounds each mount one-man shows (pre­sented by the CCP’s Vis­ual Arts and Mu­seum Di­vi­sion) worth check­ing out. At the Pasi­lyo Vic­to­rio Edades (4F Hall­way Gallery), Aug­gie Fon­tanilla shows “Kristo y Kris­tos,” an artis­tic ex­plo­ration of the Christ fig­ure ren­dered through paint­ing, illustration, mixed-media, col­lage, and in­stal­la­tion art. Fon­tanilla’s idea for the show was to in­ter­pret Christ as he is seen or per­ceived by the res­i­dents of Manila; part of the artis­tic process in­volved tak­ing part in the pro­ces­sion of the Black Nazarene along with the re­li­gious icon’s fa­natic devo­tees. Fon­tanilla stud­ied fine arts at the Univer­sity of Santo To­mas and was the for­mer art di­rec­tor of Pre­view mag­a­zine. A co-founder of the Pilip­inas Street Plan artist col­lec­tive, his work is in­flu­enced by street gangs and graf­fiti artists. He’s cu­rated and par­tic­i­pated in group shows, and has had a cou­ple of solo shows un­der his belt, most re­cently with the Pablo gallery with “The PagAsa Project.”

At the Bul­wa­gang Fer­nando Amor­solo (Small Gallery) and fourth floor Atrium, Ce­buano artist Russ Lig­tas mounts “An­other World.” Since mov­ing from Cebu to Manila around four years ago, Lig­tas has de­vel­oped a cult fol­low­ing mostly for his per­for­mance art. Among his more mem­o­rable stunts was his walk from Luneta to the CCP while the Philip­pine Na­tional An­them played 115 times in a loop. For this show, the fine arts grad­u­ate from the Univer­sity of the Philip­pines-Cebu demon­strates that he’s ca­pa­ble of paint­ing, sculpt­ing, video, and in­stal­la­tion art, too. His artis­tic vi­sion is de­scribed as “the phantom in­sis­tence of as­sem­bling ob­jects that man­i­fest an al­ter­nate re­al­ity,” which is il­lus­trated, for in­stance, by his sculp­ture us­ing ATCO blocks, a cheap clone of the more pop­u­lar LEGO bricks. Lig­tas also makes use of toys to make deeper state­ments about cul­tural and re­li­gious themes. Mov­ing away, for the time be­ing, from per­for­mance art, Lig­tas’s more tan­gi­ble work al­lows the viewer more time and space to con­tem­plate what the artist has to say. On view un­til April 23 (Fon­tanilla) and April 30 (Lig­tas), Cul­tural Cen­ter of the Philip­pines, Roxas Boule­vard, Pasay; 832.1125 lo­cal 1504/1505; cul­tur­al­cen­ter.gov.ph.

in your iMaGE aug­gie Fon­tanilla’s “Kristo y Kris­tos” fo­cuses on dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives of the christ image; per­for­mance artist russ lig­tas makes more tan­gi­ble art for “an­other world.”

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