This month, Artinformal is pleased to present two solo exhibitions and a two-person show featuring Angelica Harris-Faull, Mark Valenzuela, and Mark Valenzuela with Alycia Bennett respectively on view at the Makati gallery from March 17 to April 14 2018.
In Gallery 1, My flesh whispers an urgent story presents two new collections of work by South Australian printmaker and installation artist Angelica Harris-Faull. Hand carved plants with historical contraceptive or purgative powers are presented to consider women’s bodily agency, while large-scale relief prints explore the medicalization of the female body.
In Cheap Tricks consumerist culture intersects with patriarchy and politics as Mark Valenzuela continues his interrogations of structures of power. Integrating drawing, painting, ceramics and sculpture, Valenzuela’s installations evoke butcher shops, sari-sari stores, and other familiar facilitators of daily consumption. However, the goods on offer are not entirely recognisable as one thing or another, blurring the boundaries between product and consumer. Within this ambiguity Valenzuela explores the commodification and de-valuing of human life, as well as the potential for individual agency within systems of control in Gallery 2.
Lastly, but not the least, Gallery 3 presents a two-person show featuring Alycia Bennett and Mark Valenzuela. Buy 1 Take 1 is a site specific relational work that combines participation, sculpture and installation to investigate structures of power and control within private/public spaces. The work was formed through collaborative research undertaken by the two artists in the Philippines over the course of two months. Drawing on their shared interest in modes of individual resistance, Bennett and Valenzuela explore the potential for individual agency within increasingly commercialised public spaces.