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The film noir in cinema is considered as one of the most evocative, haunting, and mysterious of genres. Without color, film noir relies on nuances, moods, and gradations of light in order to achieve an atmospheric effect.

In fashion, Coco Chanel made the little black dress a classic, something no woman should be without. And black has always made the wearer a little more edgy, a little more fashionable.

What is it about the absence of color that titillates the imagination? Is it the energy of light breaking forth from a canvas made bare of color? Is it the fact that the artist has to rely, not on showstopping color but on form, on texture, on sheer craftsmanship?

This July, Galleria Duemila presents the Black and White exhibit, an elegant collection of 32 pieces from 11 artists. The voluptuous, dreamy works appeal to the senses and to a diverse range of audience. Modern, comforting, classic; this exhibit is a must see!

National Artist Arturo Luz said that Augusto “Gus” Albor, is simply the best the Philippines has to offer in terms of abstract art.

Alfredo Juan Aquilizan is a well-known assemblage artist whose works speak of diaspora, travel, and the spaces that humans inhabit in the big cities.

Jinggoy Buensuceso is a sculptor and furniture designer who is a three-time Mugna awardee and design consultant for CITEM 2011-2012 Manila Fame.

Maria Isabel Cruz is a visual artist whose works transverse the ordinary and the fantastic. She won the Portia Geach Memorial Prize for Portraiture.

Duddley Diaz is a sculptor whose work is strongly influenced by mythology. He won the Metrobank Grand Prize for Sculpture.

Lao Lianben’s work is informed by a sensuous expression in a minimalist context. He won the CCP Thirteen Artists Awards.

Shoko Mafune is a Japanese potter whose works capture the tenderness and pathos of human emotion in ingenious ceramic forms.

Roberto M.A. Robles’s minimalist work dreams of the myriad possibilities of the universe. He was educated at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Cesare A.X. Syjuco is a trans-genre artist working in the fields of visual art, poetry, and art criticism. He was a Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee.

Tony Twigg’s large-scale work described as visceral, dialogue with the spaces he has been to. His work can be seen in Australia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Luis “Junyee” Yee’s soot paintings are haunting and reflect his preoccupation with outer space. He won a grant to design a Holocaust Memorial in Israel.

From runs: July 6-31, 2013

Galleria Duemila
210 Loring Street
1300 Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel: (632) 831-9990 or (632)833-9815
Fax: (632) 833-9815

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