For “Nostos,” the idea of coming back home from an eventful journey emerged from Arthur “Art” Lozano’s personal perception of objects that are products of our “transportation subculture.” This subculture is one that has encouraged signs of human involvement and attachment toward certain vehicles to the point of having a rich personal history behind it.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Kombi became popular with counterculture hippies. Side by side with the Kombi was another Volkswagen product: the humble, low-power Beetle. Both vehicles flew in the face of traditional social culture: they were antistyle, antisuccess, and rebellious in a completely new way.
Lozano embraces nostalgia and uses it as a tool to create a connection between the viewer and subject matter. Lozano is described to be a “quiet environmentalist” who develops his talent to convey a message.
A painter from Ilocos, Arthur “Art” Lozano has, since 2000, been garnering recognition by various award giving bodies which include the AAP Annual Art Competition, Metro Bank Art and Design Excellence National Competition, GSIS Art Award, and the Philip Morris Art Award. He is currently a member of the renowned Baguio Tam-awan Artist Group. –CONTRIBUTED
“Nostos” will run on Feb. 6-15, with an artist’s reception on Feb. 6, 6 p.m., at 3/L, The Podium, Mandaluyong City. Call 6347954; e-mail [email protected]