HOMEBOUND: A Survey of Recent Developments in Angono Contemporary Art
The Cultural Center of the Philippines
DATE/ TIME/ VENUE:
Artist's Talk: 9 November, Wednesday, 4pm
Opening reception: 9 November, Wednesday, 6pm
Exhibit duration: 9 November 2016 to 12 February 2017
Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby)
The exhibit Homebound consummates the adolescent longings and declarations of young and contemporary Angono artists. The artworks are hung in a chessboard format on the bosom of an exhibit hall named in memory of National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco. Homebound thus is not only a grouping of individual artworks of contemporary artists from Angono but is also an experiment on site-specificity. The whole process of the exhibit becomes a huge art installation-cum-performative act that honors one of the greatest sons of Angono.
The Homebound artists were chosen by their peers to present their works as a survey of the contemporary and modern visual narrative of their roots, milieu and influence.
Unlike Botong’s linear lines, forms, and warm colors that look like molded cutouts, the works in Homebound presents transparent and translucent geometric patterns, dark, faded, earth tones, jagged lines and colors, coarse and crude surfaces, and images veering towards graffiti, abstraction and the surreal.
Unlike Botong, who stayed in Angono and shunned exhibits in Manila and offers to work abroad, most of the artists in Homebound are propped up by social media and technology, are frequent visitors of exhibit openings in Metro Manila galleries, are highly influenced by local and international artists, and have exhibited their works abroad and even featured in international auction houses.
But there are some similarities that Botong and the Homebound artists share: the courage to rebel, to challenge the existing art norms, the passion for research and diligent reading to achieve the right detail of a work in progress; and of course, their love for Angono and keeping its history, culture, and tradition alive and festive.
Allan Alcantara, Aaron Bautista, Bernardo Balagtas, Michael Blanco, Gretel Balajadia, Chito Borja, Christian Carillaza, Jerome Choco, Mael De Guzman, Khell Dujua, Aga Francisco, Carlos "Totong" Francisco II, Mark Francisco, Sarah Geneblazo, Kathleen Gobasco, Cfred Guilaran, George Laconsay, Lyndon Maglalang, Jan Felix Mesa, Keiye Miranda, Kim Oliveros, Herbert "Ebok" Pinpiño, Melvin Quitasol, Jenny Salinga, Arturo Sanchez Jr,. Jon "Manong" Santos, Aui Suarez, Hamilton Sulit, Wire Tuazon, Franz Marion Vocalan, Chitoy Zapata