How grassroots and emerging artists see the world today

Published September 21, 2021, 4:02 PM

by John Legaspi

Grounded Artist Network presents the answer through the ‘State of Cadence’ exhibition

While many see art as a form of escape from reality, some artists, and enthusiasts as well, see it as a mirror of it. Whether which one is correct and not, it is inevitable for artists not to be influenced by their surroundings when it comes to their work, and sometimes, what they put on the canvas is a reflection of the world seen through their eyes.

That’s what Grounded Artist Network is presenting in their latest exhibition. Dubbed as the “States of Cadence,” grassroots and emerging artists are asked to create a series that reflects the way they see the collective energy of today’s world. The first of the two-part exhibit will feature works from 19 artists ranging from mixed media and paintings to prints and photographs. The collection is going to be a meditative journey about life sequences and will make viewers reflect on how they navigate their current reality and envision the world that they aspire to live in.

Among its featured artist is Archie Geotina, who has launched leading-edge concepts such as “Pearls,” a series of black and white photographs of Filipina surfers surfing in traditional terno and Filipiniana gowns. Expect to see works from Filipino artists abroad such as husband and wife artist-duo Christopher and Maddie Camcam from the United States and Chiara Daez Capony from Belgium. Glow-in-the-dark works of Alecca Adarna and Corina Borromeo and watercolor works by Nikki Ocean and Swedish artist Camila Öster Yu are also must-see pieces.

“Pearls Aping 1” by Archie Geotina

“Nudicolor IV” by Nikki Ocean

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

“Introflexion” by Chiara Daez Capony

“Knallrosa” by Camilla Öster Yu

Alongside the versatile artworks that will be available for purchase, States of Cadence will also present short films from the Globe Studios’ Independent Film Festival. 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.

All artworks in “States of Cadence: Exhibit 1” are priced between P5,000 and P25,000. Grounded is dedicating a portion of sales from the exhibit to the projects of Oceanus Conservation, a Philippine non-profit organization that conserves and restores blue carbon habitats such as coral reefs and mangroves.

The “States of Cadence: Exhibit 1” will run from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15, 2021, at The second part of the series will be launched in December 2021 and will be running until March next year, with plans of a physical show during the first quarter of next year.

To know more about the “States of Cadence” and Grounded Artists Network, visit or follow @groundedph and @groundedartistnetwork on Instagram.