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Con­tem­po­rary artists Alvin Zafra, Costantino Zi­carelli, and Nice Bue­naven­tura hold sep­a­rate, yet seem­ingly re­lated, ex­hibits at Art­in­for­mal this month. In “Hi-Way 54,” Zafra casts a spell with his sig­na­ture sand­pa­per works, de­pict­ing vast stretches of the ne­far­i­ous high­way now bet­ter known as EDSA. What should be fa­mil­iar to the thou­sands who tra­verse this man-made hell daily is given a twist; in Zafra’s gray sketches, the high­way is shown eerily empty—not a car nor soul in sight, “a vi­sion of a car-free EDSA.” Filipino-Ital­ian artist Zi­carelli uses his last show at the gallery, 2016’s “Pre­lude to a bil­lion years,” as a jump­ing point for this show, “Deel­pru/ ot/ a/ bi­illno/ aersy years \bil­lion \a \to \pre­lude,” where he pur­sues fur­ther ex­plo­rations in ab­strac­tion­ism. The tech­niques and artis­tic style he uses here may re­mind view­ers of pre­vi­ous shows, no­tably his 2012 ex­hibit “Swal­lowed by Shad­ows,” but for this com­ing show, Zi­carelli works with a dif­fer­ent medium and pri­mar­ily in black. In her first solo show at Art­in­for­mal, Bue­naven­tura presents her long-run­ning Wave Draw­ings se­ries. The artist’s works make use of a mo­bile phone app that trans­lates phys­i­cal move­ments into a se­ries of shapes and graphs, which Bue­naven­tura then as­signs and ap­plies var­i­ous gra­da­tions of color on to, a process that she refers to as “a doc­u­men­ta­tion of a doc­u­men­ta­tion.” Au­gust 5 to Septem­ber 2; 277 Connecticut Street, Green­hills East, Man­daluy­ong; for more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Oliver Ortega at 0917.897.6691; man­­in­for­; art­in­for­

ADD AND SUB­TRACT Boni, by Alvin Zafra; wD 1 (de­tail), by Nice Bue­naven­tura; Un­ti­tled, by Costantino Zi­carelli.

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