On display in the Connie A. Eastburn Gallery:
Elioenai (Toward God are Mine Eyes)
By Jun Gueco Cruz
January 17 – May 8
8:30 am–4:30 pm
Life’s processes on a cellular level evoke in me a constant reminder of personal journeys. I see my own experience in things like an EKG tracing the electrical activity of the human heart. As an artist and practicing health care provider, I merge my spiritual walk with medical science to create biomorphic forms of expression in my art. Biomorphic literally means life transformation. Through these forms, I am able to convey my journey of transformation by accepting Christ Jesus and the hope that comes with it. The forms reference microscopic cellular structures but are shaped by personal relationships. In viewing my art, one peers at things that usually go unseen.
Jun Gueco Cruz, better known as Junbap, was born in Angeles City, Philippines. Cruz is a visual artist who seeks to portray “the science of life” through massive depictions of cellular processes and human anatomy. He is influenced by his indigenous Kapampangan identity, and Cruz seeks to express this through his art as he implements the cultural ideals of “planting seeds” and “bringing life out of the soil.” This focus is perhaps best exemplified in his first solo exhibit in 1997, Tanatanaman, which paid “homage to the act of planting correlating with the physiology of life.” Ultimately, he seeks to show the spirituality of humanity as it displays itself in scientific realities.
Cruz’s work has been in venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the GSIS Museum. He has earned several prestigious awards, including most recently the International Prize Michelangelo-Brancaccio Palace-Rome in July 2019. He is also part of the Pampanga Arts Guild and Christians In the Visual Arts (CIVA).
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Cairn University believes that truth, beauty, and goodness find their source in God and that artistic, creative endeavors manifest the divine image in humankind. Because of this, the University Arts Initiative seeks to integrate the creative arts into every student’s experience. In addition to sponsoring an integrated art gallery that exhibits fine art in every major building on campus, the Arts Initiative also hosts visiting artist presentations, supports the Student Visual Arts Society and academic arts courses and programs at Cairn.