Nude Floor, a multidisciplinary art studio, presented The Gallery, a one-night multi-sensory exhibit (Oct. 15, 2023) where art and movement created a unique and immersive experience. The event held at Samsung Performing Arts Theater was a compelling platform for creatives, proposing newer ways to curate an integrative and perception-based event. It was a collaborative exercise between restraint and letting go, a reminder of how important sensorial awareness is in our everyday realities.
Imagine walking into a dimly lit room, to the sound of soft music and the smell of incense. The walls were lined with beautiful, thoughtfully made and curated art.
The Samsung Performing Arts Theater was reworked for the unique concept, with an all-encompassing 360-degree view. With the theater as backdrop, the viewers entered through the backstage, for a sense of intimacy.
Photographer and film major Lem Atienza narrates his experience as one of the guests of the exhibit:
Imagine walking into a dimly lit area, to soft music and the smell of incense. The space welcomes viewers with two of my favorite pieces: Kelli Maeshiro’s “Fly and Never Come Down”, a contemporary sculpture that forms like cellular membranes, and Derek Tumala’s Holo 01, which immerses the audiences through holographic installation–an eye-catching layer of mesh fabric, illuminated by abstract light and motion graphics.
Farther on, we encounter Mano Gonzales’ Pure Element and Ralph Mendo’s Ocean Pool, which share the same subject and metaphor: the element water and its ability to emulate and represent allure and grace.
As we continue to explore The Gallery, the thought begins to register: this is not just a place for art and dance, but a place where magic can be cultivated. The combination of creativity, movement, and imagination is truly moving, and you feel yourself being swept away by the synergy of the space.
Deeper into the night, like a denouement, you feel transformed, inspired, and filled with overflowing wonder. This is the enchantment of The Gallery – a celebration of art and performance culminated together to give a truly exceptional encounter with our senses.
Photos by Gab Villaruel