ATENEO ART AWARDS
An Anatomy of Autonomy
Art, like science, is the search for truth. But while scientific fact is validated through empirical evidence consistent with theories, art that moves is validated by how much one is able to be displaced by it against the status quo.
Combine visual art’s license to transcend any cultural, social, or philosophical barrier with an over-communicated society, and what you get is enough artistic and creative diversity that would make choosing the best works of the past year a seemingly arbitrary task. Amidst artists struggling for validation and craving for immortality, a market haggling for valuation, and museums delineating lines between art and artifact, a golden mean of taste appears to be produced.
On this distinction lies 12 exhibitions that have stood out through an outwardly democratic process, exemplifying the power of visual art to beautify, shock, humor, or even elude its own definition. Autonomously these artists have ridden on trains of thought independently of each other, yet in this particular juncture, they intersect under the same limelight.
Ian Carlo L. Jaucian