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For States of Cadence, pieces from grassroots and emerging artists from the Grounded Artist Network are highlighted.

Grounded presents States of Cadence, its first-ever online group exhibition which explores the works of grassroots and emerging artists from the Grounded Artist Network. The first exhibit of this two-part series opens on September 23 at Groundedph.com.

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For States of Cadence: Exhibit 1, the artists were asked to create a series that reflects the way they see the collective energy of today’s world.

The result is a collection of artworks, from mixed media and paintings to prints and photographs, influenced by the challenges and triumphs from the different seasons of the artists’ lives. The collection will invite viewers to meditate on their life sequences, reflect on how they navigate their current reality and envision the world that they aspire to live in.

“Escape the Night and Follow the Light,” by Corina Borromeo

Grounded hopes that States of Cadence will further shine the spotlight on grassroots artists from different creative sub-cultures and backgrounds.

A portion of sales from the exhibit is dedicated for Oceanus Conservation, a Philippine non-profit organization that conserves and restores blue carbon habitats such as coral reefs and mangroves.

From left: “Introspexion,” by Chiara Daez Capony; “Kape’t Gatas,” by Natalia Larrauri

Alongside the versatile artworks that will be available for purchase, States of Cadence will also present short films from the @globestudios‘ Independent Film Festival (.GIFF). There will also be a virtual wellness space to accompany this exhibition as part of Grounded’s mission to bring a more holistic approach to arts and culture.

States of Cadence: Exhibit 1 will run until November 15. The second part of the series will be launched in December and will be running until March, with plans of a physical show during the first quarter of next year.

Artist selection

The 19 artists were chosen in line with Grounded’s focus on holistic lifestyle and community, and its ocean environmental awareness advocacy. 

This includes Archie Geotina, who has launched leading-edge concepts like PEARLS, a series of black and white photographs of Filipina surfers surfing in traditional terno and Filipiniana gowns. Limited edition prints of the PEARLS series tie together States of Cadence, Exhibit 1.

“Cobra Reef, Baler Aurora,” by Michael Eijansantos

Also among the diverse range of creatives in States of Cadence are Michael Eijansantos, an ocean photographer and a board sports and motorcycle enthusiast who has published “Locals Perspectives” the Philippines’ first surfing coffee table book; Natalia Larrauri, a young budding film photographer living in Siargao who aims to normalize the expression of the woman’s body, and; artist and designer Mikee Silva whose works take an optimistically comical look into our everyday existence.

Grounded has also connected with Filipino artists living abroad, such as husband and wife artist-duo Christopher and Maddie Camcam from the United States and Chiara Daez Capony from Belgium.

From left: “Nudicolor IV,” by Nikki Ocean; “Sundream,” by Bea Policarpio

States of Cadence will present works that reflect the youthful and ageless spirits of the artists. This is apparent in the glow-in-the-dark works of Alecca Adarna and Corina Borromeo, and in the watercolor works by Nikki Ocean and Swedish artist, Camila Öster Yu who lives in Manila with her Filipino husband and children. Teacher and painter Ana Abigail explores the homeschool journey through her artworks for States of Cadence.

“Sailboat,” by Melissa Lara

Artists hailing from the Visayas region such as abstract artist Luis Antonio Pastoriza and Bacolod artist and illustrator Gringo Benedicto will also have works on the show. 

Artist and florist Melissa Lara will present collages of nostalgia, threads of memory, and pieces of expression. Artist Lucia Fischer, on the other hand, presents framed 3D artworks that acknowledge the struggles of women while also celebrating female power.

Silkscreen prints by La Union-based video producer, cameraman, and surf enthusiast JP Sarmiento will also be available at States of Cadence. Creative entrepreneur Jof Sering created mixed-media paintings of the ocean.

For more information, visit groundedph.com or follow @groundedph and @groundedartistnetwork on Instagram.

Banner Photo: “Pearls Aping 1,” by Archie Geotina

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