Anatomy to Flight

  • Start

    23 March 2014
  • End

    23 May 2014
  • Artist

    Anton del Castillo

  • Venue

    The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences 119 L.P. Leviste St., Salcedo Village Makati City, Philippines 1227

The romance in the concept of human flight has waned significantly since the time of Firnas, da Vinci and the Wright brothers.  What was once a dreamy milestone for the human spirit has transformed into a commodity – one that is even making the transition from a luxury to necessity.  In Anton del Castillo’s latest body of work in the exhibition Anatomy to Flight, he explores the periphery of the general population’s appreciation of aviation.

Outside scientific circles, among the greatest merits of flight is its ability to make the world a smaller place. The triumph of aviation has shortened the distance between any two points in the planet, indelibly making its mark on how we communicate with each other as individuals, as nations and as a species in general.  While del Castillo is aware of the social, economical and anthropological benefits of the aviation industry, it is the charm of human flight’s mechanics that takes priority in this exhibition.  This is not to say that the artist believes that sheer mechanics takes precedence over human flight’s social impact to civilization, nor is it accurate to say that his works are aimed at educating the audience on how a chunk of metal and plastic actually takes into the air.  Instead, del Castillo’s current collection of installations, sculptures and stencils provide us with a  glimpse of the inner workings of the flying machine, resonating with the artist’s wonder and awe surrounding human flight.

Numerous mechanical diagrams populate Anatomy to Flight. They do not exist in this context to instruct, for that is the job of science.  They revel without revealing much, and as art does in such manifestations, exist as an invitation to marvel at creation.  And somewhere along the cryptic labyrinth of mechanical lines is a timeless link to our ancestors, who could only look up to the birds in the sky with envious eyes.

Anton del Castillo (b.1976) completed his BFA and MFA degrees at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.  He has received several local and international awards which include the Metrobank Foundation’s grand prize in 2003 and a citation from the Sovereign Art Contest in Hong Kong.  Del Castillo is has received fellowships from the Asian Cultural Council, the Sovereign Art Foundation, and was also the recipient of the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York (2006).  His first solo exhibition was held at the Cultural Center of The Philippines in 2005 and has since participated in group and solo shows in Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Malaysia and Manila.  Del Castillo is currently an assistant professor at the University of the Philippines Integrated School.