A reflective exhibition puts together six artists exploring identity and sense of place
Six artists share a common thread that forms the platform of the exhibition In the Near Distance. Ian Anderson, Olivia d’Aboville, Henri Lamy, Leeroy New, Mark Nicdao, and Enzo Razon have all explored their identity and sense of place in both their original as well as borrowed countries, offering a great theme for this exhibition mounted jointly by León Gallery, the DF Art Agency, and Geoff de Boissieu.
"Art is prophecy wrapped in immediacy. Yet, it is that immediacy that creates the paradox of propinquity—that quality of the thing nearest you that can attract or repel," said cultural consultant Liza Guerrero Nakpil who curated the two-week exhibition at the León Gallery International in Corinthian Plaza Makati.
The curator continued: "In the Near Distance is intended to unite the various outlooks of the Filipino artist as a global nomad, travellers to and from the familiar as well as the forgotten, the men and women with one foot squarely on the land of their birth and while the other was more or less out the door by happenstance. It would be a parable of what was near as well as of what was distant—and all the places in between."
Image above: "Picasseye" (2019) by Henri Lamy Lyon, acrylic on canvas, 58-1/2” x 42-1/2” (148.60cm x 107.95cm)