While nothing comes close to spotting urban art right on the streets, seeing them up on gallery walls, properly lighted and with the artist properly credited offers another kind of giddy experience all together.
So thank God for these galleries in Metro Manila that are joining the global acceptance of and embracing urban art, consistently making it a part of their programs.
1. Vinyl on Vinyl
Opened in 2010, Vinyl on Vinyl is an art gallery on Pasong Tamo that merges art, toys, and music. Contemporary pop culture is what VOV does best, with graffiti taking its proper place here alongside paintings, photos, installations, and illustrations.
Apart from regularly hosting international urban artists like Kelli Maeshiro, Gary Baseman, and Simone Legno of Toki Doki fame and Jeremyville, VOV boasts of a stellar roster of local urban artists like Anjo Borlada, Ungga, Gabby Tiongson, Regen Mulingtapang, just to name a few. What more, VOV also regularly features artists such as Kris Abrigo, Blic, Rai Cruz, Jood Clarino, Paksiw and many more.
VOV has made quite a dent in the global scene that this year, it is the only Asian art gallery to participate in the presitigious Moniker Art Fair in London last October. This month, VOV becomes the final stop of Pilipinas Street Plan’s 10th year travelling exhibit. 2135 Warehouse II, 2/F Chino Roces Avenue, Makati. Tuesday- Saturday 12pm-7pm. Website
2. Secret Fresh Gallery
What was once the vinyl toyshop Fresh Manila has become Secret Fresh Gallery, a space dedicated to modern art and vinyl toys, and a place where urban artists are most definitely welcome; Egg Fiasco, Pilipinas Street Plan aka PSP, and Tawnie Tantay, just some urban artists who have exhibited and showcased their works at Secret Fresh.
Vinyl toys are often launched here, like the Eraserheads vinyl toys back in 2013 and more recently, the Dunny toy release and swap party. G/F Ronac Art Center, Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills San Juan. Tuesday-Saturday 2pm-9pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm. Instagram
3. Post Gallery
It says a lot when one of the pioneering collectives of street art in the Philippines picks your space to launch its 10th year anniversary. We’re talking about PSP holding a three-week long anniversary show at Post Gallery in August, what used to be Pablo, in Cubao Expo.
While both spaces focus on contemporary art, Post is a little bit edgier—welcoming upcoming artists to exhibit in the tight, two-floor Cubao space. Apart from exhibits, Post also holds monthly events like Hohol, a file-sharing session every second Wednesdays of the month; and Kagatan a quarterly vinyl swap meet. Shop 7, Cubao Expo, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. Tuesday-Saturday 12pm-7pm. Website