First look inside Silverlens’ new location at Lapanday Center
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Last July 2016, Silverlens suffered a painful loss when its warehouse—filled with the owners’ personal collection, plus the work of 40 artists—was gutted by a fire.
It took Silverlens co-founder Isa Lorenzo a month to recover with the support of partner Rachel Rillo. It’s a good thing they had something huge to look forward to.
Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, Silverlens has said goodbye to its former location at 2320 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension and moves just a meters up to Lapanday Center at 2263 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension.

Silverlens at Lapanday

When Silverlens’ former landlord decided to raise the rent, Isa and Rachel, who started the warehouse gallery movement in Manila in 2006, drove up and down Don Chino Roces Avenue in search of a new location. They stumbled upon another warehouse space that was formerly a commissary of the Pancake House—with a much lower rent.
Continuing its tradition of adaptive reuse, the new Siverlens was designed by Anna Sy of C/S Design.

Architect Anna Sy

Its façade is made of panels of polycarbonate material that provides UV protection and thermal insulation.

Silverlens at Lapanday

These stairs lead up to the second level, which houses exhibition spaces, viewing rooms, artist studios, offices and a library, while the ground floor holds an art storage facility, artist’s studios, and a pantry.

Silverlens at Lapanday
Silverlens at Lapanday

Three galleries with bare concrete floors and white walls range from 65 square meters to 150 square meters with a 4.3-meter wall height.
A special feature of the main gallery are the Italian lighting fixtures that were custom-made for Silverlens. The lights are controlled by a mobile phone app that allows it to change direction and temperature.
Using her phone, Rachel showed us how they can easily adjust the lighting, ranging from natural warm sunlight to what Isa describes as “Icelandic” bluish white.

Silverlens at Lapanday
Silverlens founders Rachel Rillo (L) and Isa Lorenzo and Rachel Rillo at the new main gallery

To inaugurate the new Silverlens, a group show entitled Translacion will open this January 7, 2017, and will run through February 4, 2017.
A commemoration of Silverlens’ twelve years in the art world, and a nod towards its future, the exhibition will feature new works by Silverlens’ represented artists, juxtaposed with their old work.

Curated by Gary-Ross Pastrana, Translacion will feature the works of Pio Abad, Martha Atienza, Gabriel Barredo, Frank Callaghan, Genevieve Chua, Chati Coronel, Corinne de San Jose, Patricia Perez Eustaquio, Dina Gadia, Gregory Halili, Pow Martinez, Wawi Navaroza, Renato Orara, Gina Osterloh, Bernard Pacquing, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Hanna Pettyjohn, Maria Taniguchi, Ryan Villamael, Yee I-lann, and Eric Zamuco.

Silverlens at Lapanday

Silverlens Gallery is at Lapanday Center
2263 Don Chino Roces Ave Extension, Makati City 1231

Tel. +632.816.0044
Fax: +632.816.0044
Mobile: +63.917.587.4011
To know more, follow them on Twitter @SilverlensG or Instagram @silverlensgalleries

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