Filipino-American Artist Unveils Solo Show at Orlando Museum of Art
It's also the museum's first show since the pandemic happened.
(SPOT.ph) After putting up massive art installations like the "Tree of Life" at Robinsons Place Naga and "The Victor" at Robinsons Bridgetowne, Filipino-American artist JEFRË is unveiling a solo show at the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida. Points of Connection runs from October 3 to January 3, 2021.
Points of Connection is the subject of a couple of firsts as it is JEFRË's first museum show as well as Orlando Museum of Art's first public exhibit in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It features 40 human-scale installations and sculptures spread across 800 square meters of floor space. The pieces are curated according to a poem written by JEFRË himself titled "Heart to Heart," which explores the artist's journey as a second-generation immigrant, survivor of a heart attack in his 30s, and practice as a landscape artist. Points of Connection also tries to weave together human connections that transcend age, gender, ethnicity, and nationality.
“Through Points of Connection, I seek to bridge that divide by telling a highly personal story that speaks to the shared experiences of people, regardless of their background. Now even more, considering the pandemic and everything that has happened in the past year alone," shared JEFRË in a press release. The artist added that he is "both proud and aware of his heritage" as a Filipino-American and often uses this "understanding of shared experiences" in his work.
JEFRË graduated from the Ohio State University and worked for high-profile clients like Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Santiago Calatrava, and Philippe Starck. After an unexpected heart attack at the age of 35, he launched his own firm StudioJEFRË, which focuses on functional pieces of public art.
Architecture magazine Florida Inside Out named him one of the "Seven Faces of Design" in 2007. Some of his prominent pieces are the six-storey "The Beacon" and "Code Wall" at Lake Nona's Town Center.
Points of Connection runs from October 3 to January 3, 2021 at the Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 N. Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida. For more information, visit Orlando Museum of Art's website.