Jose Tong questions art and function in Esc Project: Double Waters

Dulce et utile is an age-old concept.

Jose Tong


( "Donald Judd, the late American abstract artist, was firm in his belief that art loses its artistic value when it becomes functional. He refused to treat his furniture designs as objects of art. I want to explore this idea by questioning when art stops becoming art, and when it starts becoming simply a piece of furniture," writes artist Jose Tong of his upcoming exhibit Esc Project: Double Waters. It opens on Thursday, May 26, 6 p.m. on the ground floor of 98B.


Jose Tong

Corrugated Sinewave (46×25 cm, watercolor on paper)


Double Waters is an artistic experiment on the ambiguity of things as art and as a functional object. It features a mobile installation with an anthropometric dimension that invites people to view it as something to sit on. Tong wants to deduce from the project that the installation can exist beyond human preconceptions, that it can be "super-functional" or something that can posses a value that is both artistic and functional. The exhibit runs until July 31.



98B is at 413 Escolta Street, Mezzanine Level, First United Building, Manila. For more details, visit Esc Project: Double Waters' event page.


Photos from Jose Tong's Facebook

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