OFFLOAD, Solo Exhibit by Dennis Atienza

OFFLOAD, Solo Exhibit by Dennis Atienza
OFFLOAD, Solo Exhibit by Dennis Atienza
An overseas worker’s travails begin in the homeland, from when she conjures life in a far-off place to when she finally parts with loved ones. Like memories of a shapeless dream or ghostly spectre, they accompany the toiling traveller who is in pursuit of a better life. For some, this vision prevails and life indeed becomes better but for many others, reverie turns into nightmare. In this uncertain plight many are defeated and lost. To leave is to gamble, to voyage is to risk chance.

Dennis Atienza is no stranger to this journey. He dreamt of a better life and risked his chances in a land of scorching heat and biting cold. He chased a dream inherited from his father, himself a contract worker abroad. The artist makes sense of this perilous enterprise in his third solo exhibition. His oil on canvas paintings are of overflowing suitcases filled with objects that appear to have been hurriedly placed inside. He unpacks memories and transforms them into metaphoric images. The objects referencing occupation overseas randomly crowd the nooks of these travel cases.

Luggage is cast symbolically as they refer in turn to occasions of loss and despair, to stories of flight and escape, and the perpetual waiting that punctures the dream of those who risk life overseas. Indeed for the artist, these situations and workers become “cases” themselves, foundering, vague and bleak. In the works, the body that toils is made absent from the frame and thus we imagine them in flight. This is the fate of our countrymen elsewhere, becoming nomadic and nameless. They risk back doors, illegal entry points and endure inhumane work conditions.

Toiling bodies are absent, represented instead by objects sent home. Bereavement welcomes them when instead of objects they are replaced by lifeless bodies. Unwanted legacies, Atienza reminds us of problems within these images are embroiled, the uncertain prospects of home that is nation, a state unable to provide local jobs and decent wage, and the untenable future of an economy kept afloat by remittances. For the artist, the exhibition is occasion for casting off cumbersome weight.

Offload, Dennis Atienza’s third solo exhibition raises these questions leading us to ponder the contradictions that plague us and those who slave elsewhere but who are hailed heroes back home.

Offload opens 15th June and runs until the 30th June at the Tin-aw Art Gallery, Upper Ground Floor Somerset Olympia Building at Makati Avenue. Gallery hours are from 10AM to 6PM.

Dennis Atienza earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Technological University of the Philippines. He was part of numerous group exhibitions, two of the most recent Small World (2012) and Smokescreen (2010) at Tin-aw Art gallery.

“Pinoy Ako” is an all-Filipino-artists group art exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City


“Pinoy Ako” is an all-Filipino-artists group art exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day. This exhibition showcases works of Filipino artists who contributed greatly in the Philippine Art Scene and internationally as well. It also promotes the rich artistic culture and talent of Filipino Artists to the world. -Organized solely by. Ms. Jensen Moreno

June 12 to 23, 2012

Fine Arts Museum
Hotel Equatorial
Intercontinental Asiana Saigon
Geisha Cafe

Participating Artists:

Jensen Moreno
Dr. Joel Mendez
Fidel Sarmiento
Nomer Adona
Julmard Vicente
Aleah Angeles
Alvin Paraguison
Aubrey Fajardo
Cyril Turao
Czarina Danielle Yap
Edwin Martinez
Helena Sharon Malinis
Jama Ramos
Jayson Cortez
Joey Cobcobo
John Paul Lakan Olivarez
Joma Ramos
Nasser Zulueta
Phoebe Beltran
Rafael La Madrid
Raquel Eugenio

1. Emil Alarcon
2. Jessa Almirol
3. Jay bermudez
4. Rey Bollozos
5. Reynard Borillo
6. Melanio Bulauitan III
7. Romilo Caballero
8. Lawrence Cervantes
9. Joel Chavez
10. Gabriel Escudero
11. Yayie Garcia
12. Ann Catherine Malubay
13. Jay Marquez
14. Martin Maturan
15. Marvin Quizon
16. Marc Aran Reyes
17. Alvin Sales
18.Jhong Tangiday
19.Jay Torres
20.Jazmine Villanueva
21.Antonio Pelobello Jr.

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Shows at blanc May June

Ernest Concepcion’s “All Quiet on the Eastern Front” opens Sat May 26 at blanc PMN, Curved House opens Sat June 2 at blanc compound, Gromyko Semper’s “Spectres of Mnemosyne” opens Mon June 4 blanc gallery

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blanc newsletter may-june 2012