“𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒕”, an art exhibition by Fr. Jason Dy, SJ, made its virtual launch on Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM, last Friday evening, August 6.
Staged in partnership with Art Informal Gallery and UP Vargas Museum, the Ateneo de Manila University’s official campus radio live-streamed the exhibit’s opening held at the 3/F Galleries, 1/F Lobby, and Basement, on its social media pages.
“Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell: the soil is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod. And for all this, nature is never spent,” expressed Fr. Dy, reading an excerpt from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “God’s Grandeur”.
Continuing for close to four weeks until September 3, the Jesuit contemporary artist’s latest project “consists of assemblages on the conflicted relations between nature and humans; documents of his yearlong negotiations through floral arrangements; installations of nature’s carcasses of fallen branches, dried flowers, and withered leaves,” described the Vargas Museum’s website.
“These works explore the botanical, philosophical, spiritual, and aesthetic dimensions of art and nature. They argue for the vitality of the destructive and regenerative powers of nature that humans are simultaneously drawn to and repelled by. Thus, the exhibition interrogates the human responsibility and relationship with nature in this new order/disorder,” added the Filipiniana Research Center.
In a Facebook post, Fr. Dy acknowledged UP Vargas Museum, Art Informal, Pioneer Studios, Project Space Pilipinas, Faith Keeper Flower Ladies, Pepito and Evelyn Flower Shop, Jesuit Residence – Ateneo de Manila, and the Jesuit Communications—Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM production teams, for their contributions to the success of “𝒏𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒏𝒕”.
“I’m truly grateful and truly humbled for the support received for the exhibition,” wrote the MA in Art History and Curating, graduate of Liverpool Hope University, UK.
Fr. Jason Dy’s colorful flower arrangements have regularly graced the altar of Radyo Katipunan 87.9 FM’s daily morning masses. A staple in ‘Keep the Faith’ preparations since the earliest days of Metro Manila’s quarantine, the Ateneo de Manila Fine Arts Department lecturer continues to serve the campus radio station’s virtual prayer community through his creative handiwork.
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