Here's an interesting art exhibit to catch at the Ateneo de Manila campus this weekend.
Patricia Eustaquio returns to the Ateneo Art Gallery with the exhibit Last Post, giving us a glimpse into her experience as an artist in residence in Art Omi, New York. In 2009, she was hailed one of the winners of the Ateneo Art Awards, for her exhibition Death to the Major, Viva Minor. She was chosen as the recipient of the artist residency grant sponsored by Marcel Crespo at the Art Omi International Art Center, New York, one of the residencies that the Ateneo Art Awards confers to its winners.
In the Last Post, Eustaquio begins with an exploration of the more formal elements of art such as composition and material. A well-lit cardboard form, Two Campers in Cloud Country, sit comfortably amidst the vast space it occupies. With its quiet and unassuming stance, the geometric quality of the work translates sturdiness and precision, showing off the artist’s control of the material.
Nearby, a large photograph printed on canvas shows the documentation of a similar heap of cardboard curiosities, the product of the three-week residency which contextualizes the narrative she speaks of. As the artist relates: “Art Omi was an opportunity to reflect on my work, and as a last post, my last letter to self, a last, or perhaps lasting state of mind, I've realized that my work with cardboard has been a great place to combine the formal with the narrative, the material with the immaterial, and I suppose Last Post, more than anything, is a place where I am laying things out raw, to be part of the audience myself, to prepare myself for the next post.”
The Last Post runs until August 12. The Ateneo Art Gallery is located in the Second Level of Rizal Library Special Collections Building, Ateneo de Manila University, Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Gallery hours are from 8am-7:30pm on weekdays and 8am-6:00pm on Saturdays.