Art is my platform for personal and social discourse. It is the product of my struggle and discipline in pursuit of transforming thought and energy into material form.
At present, my main focus of artistic exploration is the mapping of contemporary phenomena. My artworks are personal maps which serve as visual representations of a particular area or subject. The works represent any form of space, both real and imagined, and whose purpose is to provide an understanding of any activity arising from that space. As an artist navigating and charting personal and social space, cartography serves as an integral element in my paintings, sculptures, and installations.
The daily practice of creating art is my attempt to make sense and non-sense of myself in relation to the world and vice-versa. Through paintings, sculpture and installation, I create experiential representations of real and imagined reality. In this regard, the drive to create is based on my commitment to materialize thoughts and the transference of energy in this lifetime.
Prolegomenon To Future CartoGraphics
As I write this introduction to Cartographic Skits, two other windows on my laptop screen are open while seven more on my taskbar idle, yet ready to be opened when needed. Such is the characteristic of our period, this autopoeitic system called the Internet, where in a matter of seconds, raw and processed information are produced, exchanged, and consumed, without regard to physical territories.
Existing in a period where information is consumed at an extremely fast rate, this condition necessitates a production level that will not only match the demand but exceed it. To provide an example, try opening a webpage and one can see not less than ten hyperlinks that will lead to other websites containing processed information. In this regard, the accelerated influx of information does not guarantee the quality, substance or specific use value of processed information, and most of which contribute to information noise in cyberspace that needs to be filtered in relation to specific needs of the user/consumer.
It is therefore posited that my art is both raw and processed information. As a product of historical research, experiential synthesis, and specific material conditions, any physical or concrete artwork for that matter is further processed via digitization to gain access into the Internet and goes through the whole post-post production processes, distribution, consumption, and whose life online depends on how it is supported and regenerated.
In sum, with the advent of the Internet, the physical presence of an artwork produced i.e. painting, not only becomes processed information, but likewise has the potential as digitized raw information for further processing online. To push it further, art can even transcend the realm of the physical, i.e. any compilation or collage of digital files, whose life is created purely in virtual space. Such is the vast realm of possibilities made possible in this day and age.
The rapid introduction and actual use of technological advancements have led to the possibilities of operating or communicating via multiple venues or space simultaneously. If before, an artist is confined to exhibiting his or her artwork in the white cube of art galleries, museums, and other physical space, the artist of the 21st century can operate, produce, distribute, consume, and reproduce physical and virtual works on real-time and whose presence is autonomous of physical limitations or boundaries.
In this regard, my current explorations and future works---the CartoGraphics of personal and social space and phenomena, will revolve around the physical and virtual terrain of art and the dynamics on how art can be communicated according to specific demands, situation, and target audience. Here, I imagine the role of available technology, specifically digital formats and processes bridging the analog. Furthermore, one can anticipate a constant and dynamic movement of the artist, autonomous in almost all of the production-distribution-consumption processes, as well as the need for the independent artist to be a part of and collaborate within networks, and who can operate in the mainstreams as well as peripheries of the real and virtual infrastructure of art.
In conclusion, this introduction is a response, or rather, a meeting point to a suggestion to provide the audience notes for each work, however, I believe that to do so will compromise the integrity of the pieces as well as the overall experience of the audience. In this regard, in the spirit of autonomous processes made possible by real-time access to information, coupled with the will to pursue the path of knowledge and praxis, I hope that this introduction can serve as phenomenological anchors for this exhibit.
“MY CORE PRINCIPLE IN CREATING ART IS TO CATAPULT THE MESSAGE, TO LIBERATE THE MEDIUM, AND TO TRANSCEND THE SELF.”
I live to create, I create in order to live. Life is
the driving force in my art. Artistic creation is a
functional and fundamental product of my
existence. It is my way of making sense and
non-sense of my past, present, and future. My
art is a reflection of my current value system
based on experience and is not divorced from
contemporary phenomena. Creative expression
is my means to knowing in order to understand,
and through this, life becomes more vibrant and
I work and explore various media as a means
of expression. Media is the stuff of human
existence which I utilize to manifest idea,
concept, energy, and the will. Certain ideas,
concepts, and emotion could best be expressed
in a specific medium therefore I research, learn,
and practice my skills in the field of painting,
collage, assemblage, sculpture, installation art,
landscape art, poetry. I believe in wholismand
dynamism as one of the primary goals in life and
that it can be applied in the practice of making
Creating art is akin to a journey, adventure, or expedition, in which I embark on a personal exploration of the uncharted territories in my life. When I create, my senses are heightened, sensitive and highly reactive to any stimuli. Obstacles, be it physical, mental, or spiritual, present itself in the process, and to overcome such, it gives me a sense of accomplishment, an understanding of life and my self, and personal fulfillment. In this regard, art serves as my vehicle to transcend oneself.
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science DE
LA SALLE UNIVERSITY – MANILA 1999.
High School Diploma, DE LA SALLE SANTIAGO-
ZOBEL SCHOOL, 1995
Elementary Diploma DE LA SALLE SANTIAGO
ZOBEL SCHOOL, 1991
2009, Blowby, Group Art Exhibit, THE CUBICLE
ART GALLERY, Pasig City
2004, Bagong Panahon, Group Art Exhibit,
KULAY DIWA ART GALLERY, Paranaque City
2003, Divide (Mixed Media), Finalist, PHILIPPINE
ART AWARDS 2003. METROPOLITAN MUSEUM,
2003, Contraposita, Solo Art Exhibit, MADRIGAL
ART CENTER, Muntinlupa City.
2001, Shell-Out, Solo Art Exhibit, GALLERY 5,
1999, Pangunahing Udyok II, Group Art Exhibit,
TWISTED SUN GALLERY, Manila
1998, Elemento, Group Art Exhibit, PENGUIN
CAFÉ & GALLERY, Manila