Unpublished Press Release: Harvy Armada Opens First Solo Show in New Art Space in Old Manila

Harvy Armada Opens First Solo Show in New Art Space in Old Manila

MANILA – April 6, 2015/ The mixed media artist Harvy Armada opens his first solo show at the new art space located at 409 Burke Building, Escolta. His show “Still Anonymous” opens on April 28, 2015, 6 pm and will run until June 16. “Still Anonymous” explores the persona of each character, person and place in a photograph. The stillness of these anonymous people is captured in each frame of street photography.

The mix of acrylic, yellow page, carton boxes and other materials in his works conveys his observations of the triviality and irony of everyday life. The pale pinks, canary yellows, sky blues, foam greens, and ghost whites contrast with the black and white of the photographs. The matches, bubble wraps, medicine blister packs, bus tickets, strings, and rag add dimension to the photograph’s story. Inspired by the film The Man with the Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov, wherein the documentary shows the day-to-day living in a 1920s Soviet Union city, Armada parallels this with his photography. Observe the passing and going of people, the lively and eclectic urban scenes, and spot the mating dogs, the artist’s favorite piece.

Harvy Armada is from Marikina City and has attended Fine Arts in the Far Eastern University. He is influenced by contemporary artists like Gerhard Richter, Manuel Ocampo, and Kawayan De Guia and by directors Michel Gondry, Wes Anderson, Michael Haneke and Kidlat Tahimik. He has had group shows in Angono Festival, BlueWings ArtSpace, and Light and Space Contemporary. He was selected as a finalist in the 44th Shell National Student Art Competition Awards. He currently works as a Photo Editor at Campaign Track.

The gallery is open Mondays to Saturdays from 8am to 7pm, and on Sundays by appointment. For inquiries please contact (0917) 893 3526/(0917) 388 8714 or email info@lightandspacecontemporary.com .

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