​​From URL To IRL: Online Art Gallery Finds Physical Home In Poblacion - Arts & Culture

Online art gallery Vintana, unlike its counterparts in the Philippine art scene, started out fully digital before transitioning to physical.

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Its founders created Vintana in 2019 before officially launching its website in 2020.

Inside out

“An average gallery would set up a tangible space first before taking on the Internet. But for this online gallery, they acknowledged the digital as a new frontier and decided to grow backward,” Vintana describes itself.

A couple of years later, the gallery is ready to open its doors at creative hub The Astbury in Poblacion.

Here, Vintana occupies 170 square meters of gallery space. Its clean, open space layout inside features concrete floors and high ceilings with an indoor terrarium.

The mixed-use space incorporates industrial design aesthetics as seen on neutral monochromatic walls and simple furnishings.

Its exterior, meanwhile, resembles the graffiti-sprayed walls and metal directional signage of New York’s subway stations.

The Little Big Art Show

To inaugurate its new home, Vintana is holding its first physical exhibit until August 3.

“The Little Big Art Show” contains 31 artworks from 15 featured artists. These range from P30,000 to P380,000.

The artists showcasing their works are Manuel Ocampo, Dex Fernandez, Kiko Escora, Lourd De Veyra, Aba Lluch Dalena, Argie Bandoy, Kirk Dijamco, Erick Encinares, Jojo Barja, Hamilton Sulit, Jaime Pacena, Chinnich Candao, Art Tavera, Jared Yokte, and Lena Cobangbang.

These works all vary in theme, subject matter, and form, but “embody a oneness in the spirit of an art fair where these expositions are created in the artists’ natural environment.”

“Filled with history and mythos, Vintana’s The Little Big Art Show captures the spirit of a post-pandemic creative age that involves an immense, interpretative energy in one big explosion of assorted imagery. The show is a social reentry that encapsulates the mindful addiction to art as a transformative force. It challenges ideas, taboos, tropes, cliches, secrets, and stories to glean perspective and tap into their corporeal forms,” Vintana concludes.

Vintana Gallery is at The Astbury, 2 Orion Street, Poblacion, Brgy. Bel-Air, Makati. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit Vintana.ph.

Banner Photo by Vintana via website

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