Create art from discard – SUNSTAR

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Create art from discard – SUNSTAR

STUDENTS from various universities group themselves into teams as they work to create portable art installations using plastic bottles.

STUDENTS from various universities group themselves into teams as they work to create portable art installations using plastic bottles.

STUDENTS from various universities group themselves into teams as they work to create portable art installations using plastic bottles.

STUDENTS from various universities group themselves into teams as they work to create portable art installations using plastic bottles.

STUDENTS from various universities group themselves into teams as they work to create portable art installations using plastic bottles.

Students from some of Cebu’s universities and state colleges recently gained first-hand experience mentoring award-winning visul artist Jan Leeroy New as Shell Pilipinas held the third and final leg of its Art Interact at the Kabilin Center of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. in Cebu City on December 10, 2022.

Introducing this year’s 55th Shell National Student Arts Competition (NSAC) theme, “Sulong Sining”, the event consisted of a talk and a workshop by New. The first and second editions of Art Interact were conducted in Quezon City and Bacolod City, respectively.

New, Shell NSAC 2nd place winner for sculpture in the years 2004 and 2006, taught students how to create wearable pieces of art using recyclable plastic.

A well-known name in the Philippine art scene, New has gained international acclaim for his installations, especially in New York, Paris, Dubai, Singapore and other major global centers. He is known for his large-scale public artworks that use discarded materials.

He said his works are largely inspired by his own experiences during his younger years as a student when he was short on art materials, prompting him to go to recycling centers to look for materials he could use.

New eventually learned that art could be exhibited outside or in a “public place” and not just within the confines of traditional art galleries.

The award-winning artist offered words of advice to workshop participants who may be afraid to take a daring path when it comes to art.

“The public may have their own interpretation of your work. All you can do is make the best of how you do it and make sure you understand what you’re doing,” he said.

Shell Pilipinas Vice President Serge Bernal, for his part, emphasized the power and influence of art “to unite everyone and move forward by showing who you are, what you value and what you imagine.”

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