This Cool Exhibit Puts the Focus on the Artistic Process

Four contemporary artists go on an exploration of their respective techniques.

( With the National Arts Month less than a month away, galleries and artists are already giving sneak peeks on what to expect in the upcoming art fairs. Conversations on contemporary art are also keeping our art critics busy. In A will for prolific disclosures, four Filipino contemporary artists are going beyond the boundaries of traditional media and testing new waters in their own practice. This exhibit, which is curated by Carlos Quijon Jr. is on display at The Drawing Room in Makati City until February 4.

“I am very interested in the idea of artistic practice over individual artworks,” Quijon shares in an interview with The artists for this exhibit, he added, are all about imagining possibilities in their respective techniques. The roster includes Aze Ong, Jel Suarez, Issay Rodriguez, and Pam Quinto. “By emphasizing that these artists offer a range, I was hoping to curate an exhibition that also showcases the possibilities in their practice or what they can do in their vocation,” the curator adds.

Aze Ong is known to explore possibilities on using fiber as medium. Her works for the exhibit, "Being" (hanging) and "Queen Philippines" (movable on wheels), are intricate sculptures made from silk yarns and stainless wires.
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Issay Rodriguez oftens works on installations, drawings, prints, objects, and videos. For this group show, her works are inspired by a rock that she bought online. "FGTI7,012-8511" also includes prints produced from the found object.
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Though each has their own style, they stayed true to the exhibition’s aim of emphasizing that artistic process is actively evolving; a superfluous avenue for artistic expression, interpretation, meaning-making, and response. Their explorations tell narratives deduced from their actual experiences as individuals and as artists; that creating art has potentials of shifting from its traditional definitions and encourages discourses given the contemporary practices and culture.

"Readings (1-27)” by Jel Suarez is a set of collage that draws from stories of her past and links to the narratives of her present.
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"Some evidence that I was here" (2019) by Pam Quinto is a set of photographs showing the artist's interdisciplinary techniques, including ceramic-making and hand-stitching.
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A will for prolific disclosures point out the artist’s ability to constantly develop their ways in making art—thus emphasizing that the artistic process, according to Quijon, is “ongoing, constantly productive, and a forever transforming task.” The exhibit provides a critical discourse on how one frames, develops, and concludes their concepts and ideas of artistic process and practice.


A will for prolific disclosures runs until February 4 at The Drawing Room, Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, visit The Drawing Room’s website.

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