July 22, 2015 Wednesday

Napay_Nest-Home (2015)Napay_Nest-Home 3 (2015)

Buenconsejo_A-Z Compressed (2015) Buenconsejo_The Idea of the Idea is Nothingness (2015)

(Top to bottom, Raffy Napay’s “Nest/Home” and Charles Buenconsejo’s “A-Z” and “The Idea of Nothing is Nothingness (images courtesy of the artists))

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
6pm, Opening Reception

Exhibitions run from 22 July to 12 September 2015

Ateneo Art Awards winners, Raffy T. Napay (2013) and Charles Buenconsejo (2014) will be mounting back-to-back homecoming shows at the Ateneo Art Gallery this July. The two exhibitions, Napay’s Sanctuary and Buenconsejo’s Relative Nothing, will showcase a broad range of media, from soft sculpture to video, corresponding with the diversity of contemporary art practice that the Ateneo Art Gallery, along with its partner institutions, continues to uphold.
2013 Art Awards winner Raffy T. Napay spent one spring in the England as that year’s recipient of the Liverpool Hope University residency Grant. Known for stitching, tufting, and weaving thread and scrap fabric onto canvas, the Caloocan-based artist drew inspiration from the temperate climes and fairy tale-like wooded surroundings of Liverpool Hope to create Sanctuary: a series of sculptures and wall-bound works that recall his short break from the chaos of Metro Manila, into the forests of the Western World, where the central image of a bird’s nest illustrates the freedom of finding a home while being in transit. Every object in the gallery is made by hand, shrouding the space in softness, while threatening to engulf the viewer; creating sanctuary in every sense of the word.

Like Napay, Charles Buenconsejo also takes a cue from silence, this time using the noise of everyday life to produce Relative Nothing. This time working exclusively with video, the Cebuano photographer spent six weeks at the Visual Arts Center of La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia as a recipient of the Fernando Zobel Prize for Visual Art at the 2014 Ateneo Art Awards. In Bendigo, he filmed his every move—such as walking to and from his studio, entering the gallery— capturing footage of the self while eliminating any potential meaning it may have held, deconstructing the culture of the #selfie and in turn showing how the act of documentation can turn something into nothing.

These exhibitions would not have been possible without the continued support of La Trobe University in Australia, and Liverpool Hope University in England. The opening reception is at 6 pm on July 22 at the Ateneo Art Gallery, Level 2, Special Collections Building, Rizal Library, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Ave., Loyola Heights Quezon City.

The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 7:30 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 6pm. We are closed on Sundays and Holidays. For more information, please contact Alice Sarmiento at 4266488 or via email at msarmiento@ateneo.edu.