Visual Pond Artspace, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad.

We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for Filipino artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale.

Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.


Monday, April 9, 2012

Last few days: Maria Taniguchi's "Untitled (Celestial Motors)"

Last few days! Catch the ongoing exhibition until 14 April, Saturday.
a solo exhibition of Maria Taniguchi
It's the last few days to catch Maria Taniguchi's solo exhibition, Untitled (Celestial Motors), ongoing at Silverlens 20Square. Regular exhibition hours resume tomorrow and the exhibit runs until this 14 April 2012, Saturday.  The exhibition is presented by End Frame Video Art Project 3: Present, the 2011-2012 Philippine video art festival, together with Silverlens 20Square.
Untitled (Celestial Motors) features Taniguchi’s video of the Philippine jeepney, using one from the Celestial Motors factory in San Pablo. Focusing on an unadorned unpainted jeepney of stainless steel shot against a white backdrop, the video bares the jeepney as an object of study. Through simple, crisp and startling takes showing the jeepney stripped into its basic form, the video distances from any specific context and instead acts as framework in accommodating the full weight of this iconic vehicle.
Taniguchi’s Untitled (Celestial Motors) is the sixth offering of End Frame Video Art Project 3, a project of the non-profit organization Visual Pond. Throughout the Philippine video art festival, artists stage a solo show presenting new video work in various venues from 2011 to 2012. Curated by Clarissa Chikiamco, the theme of the third edition, Present, refers to the project’s focus on the current video art practices of selected Philippine contemporary artists. Taniguchi’s exhibition follows the End Frame 3 shows of Tad ErmitaƱo, Manny Montelibano, Chitz Ramirez, Kiri Dalena and Kaloy Olavides. End Frame 3 caps with an exhibition by Yason Banal later this year.
Untitled (Celestial Motors) is made possible through the support of the LUX Associate Artists Program/Leverhulme Fund, London, UK. The show will be viewable on weekdays from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday, 1 to 6 pm. Silverlens 20Square is located on 2320 Pasong Tamo Extension, Yupangco Building 2, Makati City 1231. Call (632) 816.0044 or visit For inquiries on Visual Pond projects and End Frame 3, visit or email

In other news, we'd like to endorse the international conference LOCUS REDUX: Speaking Across Contexts, Learnings and Negotiations in Writing and Teaching on Art, which will happen from 19-21 May 2012 at Yuchengco Museum in Makati. It is organized by Pananaw ng Sining Bayan, Inc, in partnership with Japan Foundation Manila Office, the Lopez Memorial Museum, the Kalaw-Ledesma Foundation, the Yuchengco Museum, Vargas Museum and Pinto Museum. Conference fee is Php 2,000.00 and registration has been extended until tomorrow. For more information, you may read about it here or contact Fanny San Pedro/Mary Ann Pernia of the Lopez Museum at (632) 631.2417 or via email through

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