PAG-IBIG AT LUMBAY
(LOVE AND SOLITUDE)
August 2 – 16, 2022
Pag-ibig at Lumbay is a collection of artworks that tackles a journey of Adoration and Unrequited Love between Artist and his Muse amidst the reality of a Global Pandemic. Although Janos’ icons do not revolve around a particular key image or subject, each artwork is intended to be viewed as a Chapter Illustration of an unwritten novel (a self-contained short story in an ongoing narrative). We are invited to explore the machination and inner musings of the artist as he travails from one diatribe to another.
The Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings and Fineprint in the exhibition are used as vehicles to capture the frantic search for both meaning and creation. Our eyes are invited to matriculate the etched lineal and spiral patterns, as if we’re looking at striations of exposed musculature under a microscope. The viewer is asked to participate / self-reflect on each artwork to create their own truth and find their own narrative in each panel.
Janos’ Drawings is an assemblage of random lines and patterns. An unfiltered brainstorm of a surreal idea from an incomplete dream to a fully rendered work on paper. As he transforms his work from one medium to another, the artworks will also evolve (affected by limitation / advantages of the material but also the temperament of the creator).
Although most of the artworks are rendered in Black and White in this art exhibition. Janos has always been fascinated in the Art of Printmaking and considers Printmaking as his First Love. Inspired by Illustrated Medieval Manuscripts, the Artist left the impurities in the plate and hand colored his Etching Fine Prints. By doing so, he hopes to capture “individuality in the face of uniformity”.
In his sculpture entitled “Kuya Daks (Big Brother)”.
DAKS an lgbt lingo coming from the ilonggo word DAKO meaning BIG.
It tells the story of a Man in his most fragile state – removing the” smiling mask” that he showcases in society. The artwork is a commentary on hiding your beliefs and true self as we try to conform to social pressure, norms and biases. It represents the reawakening of Unique Thought and removal of the shackles of docility. To be able to love freely and to create without limitations.
About the Artist:
JANOS DELACRUZ studied at the University of Santo Tomas, where he majored in Advertising Arts. A consistent winner in national student art competitions and a recipient of the Benavides Award for Outstanding Achievement, in 2006. In college, he learned the basics of printmaking ie, etching and woodcut . After college, he made further experimentation in printmaking and painting. He held a solo exhibition of Intaglio Prints at the Crucible Gallery in 2006.
A prolific Painter and Printmaker, Delacruz’ art is a philosophical narrative that often delves into Social commentary and self-exploration. His subject matter is about the conflicted relationship between the Ethereal Beauty of the Divine and the Frail Reality of Man. As a visual artist, the Urban Landscape and its rich surreal imagery is his continuously evolving muse. A winner of the AAP Annual Art Competition. His work “Hari ng Kamaynilaan” won first prize in the Print Category at the Art Association of the Philippines Annual in 2004 and a Finalist on the Painting Category in 2012, and this was followed by winning the first prize for the PAP Open Fine Prints Competition, “Bulong Sa Panaginip”. He won 2nd Place on the 38th Shell National Student Art Competition (Digital Category) “Tulog na Nene…”. Delacruz attended the Art Students League of New York, in 2012. A Philippine Delegate in the 27th Asian International Art Exhibition held in Bangkok, Thailand. He won the Juror’s Choice of Merit in the Philippine Art Awards and winner of the Metro Manila Art Award, in 2013. He has exhibited his works in New York, USA; Bangkok, Thailand; Penang and Kuala Kubu Bharu, Malaysia; Singapore ; Abu Dhabi, UAE ; Taichung City, Taiwan. He has held (17) Seventeen Solo Art Exhibitions. A member of the Philippine Association of Printmakers (PAP) and Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). He was a lecturer at the University of Santo Tomas, in 2014. He was a Philippine Delegate in the KKB Art Festival 2016 held in Kuala Kubu Bharu, Malaysia. In 2018, He is a recipient of the Thirteen Artist Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The Artist resides at Bahay sining, Muntinlupa City, Philippines.
The exhibition will run from August 02 – 16, 2022 at Art Lounge Manila – Podium, Ortigas Center. The opening reception will be on August 04, 2022 at 6:00PM. For more information, visit the Art Lounge Manila. You may also check their social media pages, FB: @artloungemanila IG: @artloungemanila, for more details.