Calle Wright is an art house located in the heart of Malate, Manila
An initiative realized by Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo of Silverlens, it is a venue for mid-career artists to exhibit their work within a historical context. As an art space, it aims to engage community audiences and spaces within Manila, while also fostering an exchange between artists, curators, and cultural workers both within the Philippines and abroad.
Never is a Promise charts a set of slow, open-ended conversations between Chong and Pastrana that began in 2017. Chong and Pastrana dialogue with each other, as artist-curators and mentors with similar practices and interests. For this show, the artists have decided to show a selection of works that they have made in the past which have been neglected, discarded, under-exhibited and/or completely forgotten. Parallel to this, Chong and Pastrana have also each selected a work from their practice that have been exhibited repeatedly, almost to the point of exhaustion. They have decided to keep these two pieces a secret, so that viewers may come to visit the exhibition and experience them, yet again.
Never is a Promise will be open to the public from 27 February 2018 until 26 May 2018 at Calle Wright, 1890 Vasquez St., Malate, Manila.
Viewing hours are from 12nn-7pm, Tuesday to Sunday during Art Fair Week. Regular hours are from 12nn-7pm, Friday to Sunday.
Heman Chong (b. 1977, Malaysia) is an artist whose work is located at the intersection between image, performance, situations and writing. He has recently produced a series of interconnected exhibitions located in Art Sonje Center (Never, A Dull Moment, 2015), South London Gallery (An Arm, A Leg and Other Stories, 2015), Rockbund Art Museum (Ifs, Ands, Or Buts, 2016), 72-13 (Because, the Night, 2017). He is the co-director and founder (with Renée Staal) of ‘The Library of Unread Books’ which has been installed in NTU Center for Contemporary Art in Singapore, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in Manila and Casco Projects in Utrecht. He is currently working on a novel “The Book of Drafts” which will be published by Polyparenthesis in 2019.
Gary-Ross Pastrana (b. 1977, Manila) investigates the reinterpretation and combination of various objects, and their relationships with ideas and ideologies. He is an artist, curator, and mentor. Although his works remain as intensely conceptual and poetic, Pastrana evokes a certain subtlety with his pieces, with quiet works that speak volumes. Pastrana is a recipient of the CCP’s Thirteen Artists Awards (2006) and has been exhibited in many local and international shows including the Busan Biennale (KR, 2008), New Museum Triennial (USA, 2012), and Aichi Triennale (JP, 2010). Most recently, his work has been shown in the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea (The Other Face of the Moon, 2017).