Silverlens proudly announces Essence Distilled: Homage to Arturo Luz, a group exhibition curated by Yael Buencamino Borromeo that pays tribute to the venerated National Artist of the Philippines, Arturo Luz (1926–2021, Philippines). The exhibition brings together the work of ten artists: Poklong Anading, Tina Bonoan, James Clar, Lou Lim, Arturo Luz, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Jon Pettyjohn, Rachel Rillo, Ryan Villamael, and Eric Zamuco.
In a society with a proclivity for lionization, an homage to an artist becomes a challenge to reinvigorate conversations about his work and shake off the air of reverential awe with which it is approached. The artists in this show propose new ways of encountering Arturo Luz. Relegating the awards and accolades to the background, they engage with his work as they would a contemporary; interrogating his imagery and titles, reflecting on his processes, distilling his aesthetic principles and contemplating the very notion of an homage.
Press release courtesy SILVERLENS.