Gallery: The Distinguished @ArtistSpace
A group exhibition of master artists: 𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗧𝗢 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗢, 𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢𝗡𝗜𝗢 𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗔, 𝗧𝗔𝗠 𝗔𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗔, 𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗕𝗔𝗥𝗥𝗜𝗢𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗢, 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗢 𝗕𝗜𝗧𝗔𝗡𝗚𝗔, 𝗥𝗘𝗠𝗬 𝗕𝗢𝗤𝗨𝗜𝗥𝗘𝗡, 𝗝𝗢𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗜𝗡, 𝗙𝗜𝗟 𝗗𝗘𝗟𝗔𝗖𝗥𝗨𝗭, 𝗜𝗡𝗗𝗜𝗔 𝗗𝗘𝗟𝗔 𝗖𝗥𝗨𝗭,𝗔𝗡𝗜𝗧𝗔 𝗗𝗘𝗟 𝗥𝗢𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗢, 𝗘𝗗𝗚𝗔𝗥 𝗗𝗢𝗖𝗧𝗢𝗥, 𝗝𝗘𝗦𝗦 𝗙𝗟𝗢𝗥𝗘𝗦, 𝗥𝗔𝗨𝗟 𝗜𝗦𝗜𝗗𝗥𝗢, 𝗪𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗟𝗔𝗬𝗨𝗚, 𝗗𝗘𝗥𝗥𝗜𝗖𝗞 𝗠𝗔𝗖𝗨𝗧𝗔𝗬,𝗡𝗘𝗠𝗜 𝗠𝗜𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗔, 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧𝗜𝗡 𝗡𝗨𝗬𝗗𝗔, 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗥𝗔𝗠𝗢𝗡 𝗢𝗥𝗟𝗜𝗡𝗔
Presented in virtue of 𝗨𝗡𝗜𝗩𝗘𝗥𝗦𝗜𝗧𝗬 𝗢𝗙 𝗦𝗔𝗡𝗧𝗢 𝗧𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗦 by 𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗟𝗜𝗘𝗥 𝗔𝗟𝗨𝗠𝗡𝗜 𝗔𝗦𝗦𝗢𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗜𝗡𝗖. under the tutelage of 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗜𝗦𝗦𝗔 𝗣𝗘 𝗬𝗔𝗡𝗚.
Curated by: Abe Orobia and Ayni Nuyda
Not just a showcase of exceptional skills and celebration of creative intellects, The Distinguished is an exposition of generational talents gathered together to deliver and give back to their Alma Mater, the University of Santo Tomas (UST). The Thomasian artists included in the lineup are not only objectively extraordinary, but are importantly influential in the artistic community, be it be painting, printmaking, or sculpture as their mode of expression, and in terms of style doing figurative or nonrepresentational that they opt to conceive. More so, their rise to fame from being an upcoming artist to the present is an attestation of continued outpouring passion to sustain relevance in which their successes serve as inspiration to many.
The selection process started in 2018 to this year to come up with a highly qualified roster of illustrious and celebrated artists. It has undergone a stringent panel of screening committee from the university, and those chosen are deemed worthy to be an honoree of the Distinguished Thomasian Alumni Award. The noble endeavor is on the progression of the art and design industry in the country and beyond to create a blueprint for everyone with the same passion to follow.
To write only a fraction of the numerous contributions and accomplishments of this magnificent roster is indeed insufficient. Nevertheless, the exhibition invites viewers to appreciate, study, reflect and find meaning, in the metaphors, and the natures imbued into these masterpieces.
Education and learning are easily accessible nowadays while advancement in technology can be contributory to success from which one can claim, “Am I much better than them?” For Abe Orobia, an artist, educator curator of this exhibition, he can say that this assertion could be both fair and unkind because one thing we cannot deduct from these bestowed artists: their distinct discipline, hard work, dedication, and determination. As the art world is continuously evolving, innovating, and becoming competitive, it becomes a marathon of sorts; but values should remain. These intangibles are engraved and reflected in the works of these masters we should emulate as they are testaments and yardsticks of longevity and success in the industry.
The DISTINGUISHED (All Thomasian Atelier Exhibition) will run from April 29 to May 12, 2022, at the ArtistSpace, Ground level, Ayala Museum Annex. Makati Avenue corner, Dela Rosa Street Greenbelt Park, Makati City. Artist talk and reception is the 30th of April. This article is by Abe Orobia.