2 artists draw from poetry in Raphael show | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

“UHAW,” by Francis Nacion
“UHAW,” by Francis Nacion
“UHAW,” by Francis Nacion

IT’S THE small moments of life that give us the biggest joy. It is these seemingly insignificant moments that has inspired the literary oeuvre of award-winning poet Rofel G. Brion, a professor at the Ateneo de Manila.

In a form of reverse ekphrasis, Brion’s poetry became fodder for the visual artistic practice of painter Francis Nacion and editor-turned-sculptor An Alcantara. Using eight poems selected from several poetry books of Brion, the two artists collaborated for a unique exhibition at Galerie Raphael in Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

“Piling Sandali,” the collaborative exhibition, brings to life the vision of Brion’s works.

"TRES Marias,” a diorama of handmade glazed stoneware figures by An Alcantara.
“TRES Marias,” a diorama of handmade glazed stoneware figures by An Alcantara.

Alcantara is a sculptor who works with clay to create terracotta figures. Nacion is a painter known for bright and lively works that draw on Filipino folk beliefs. A member of the famed Saturday Group of artists, his oeuvre is rooted in the beliefs of provincial folk.

Exhibition opens June 11, 6 p.m. at Galerie Raphael, 4/L, Main Wing, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Mandaluyong City. A poetry reading session by Rofel Brion will be held. Call 9416194; visit www.galerieraphael.com.ph.

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