Monday, October 31, 2016

The CCP celebrates the birth month of National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco via the exhibit Homebound: A Survey of Recent Developments in Angono Contemporary Art. Visit the CCP on November 9, 2016, Wednesday, for a chance to view the works and to listen to the participating artists recount their individual experiences of the influence and legacy of Botong in his hometown of Angono. The artist talk will begin at 4:00 pm, and the exhibit reception will follow at 6:00 pm, both in the Bulwagang Carlos V. Francisco (Little Theater Lobby) of the CCP.

The exhibit Homebound consummates the adolescent longings and declarations of young and contemporary Angono artists. The artworks are hung in a chessboard format in 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.

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. The participating artists include 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, Siefred Guilaran, George Laconsay, Lyndon Maglalang, Jan Felix Mesa, Keiye Miranda, Kim Oliveros, Herbert “Ebok” Pinpiño, Melvin Quitasol, Jhen Salinga, Arturo Sanchez Jr,. Isidro “Manong Jon” Santos, Aui Suarez, Hamilton Sulit, Wire Tuazon, Franz Marion Vocalan, and Ramon “Chitoy” Zapata.

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.

CCP gallery hours are from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (or 8:00 pm on days with performances in the Main Theater).

For inquiries, contact the Visual Arts & Museum Division, Production & Exhibition Department at landlines (632) 832-1125 local 1504 / 1505, or (632) 832-3702, mobile (0917) 6033809, or email ccp.exhibits@gmail.com.

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