Artist Profile: Mark Justiniani takes you to a fascinating abyss

Get to know the Art Fair Philippines 2016 featured artist

 

(SPOT.ph) Art Fair Philippines 2016 is back and we know you’re as thrilled as we are. Trust us when we say it will blow your mind as you overdose in Philippine contemporary art—in a way you will absolutely love. As the fair draws nearer, we’ll highlight what this year’s Special Exhibits have in store for you.

 

Let’s get to know Mark Justiniani, one of Art Fair Philippines 2016’s featured artists.

 

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Award-winning artist Mark Justiniani studied Arts Education at the University of the Philippines. Since 1987, he has participated in several group exhibitions, most of which involved large-scale works and murals. In 1994, he was granted the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He rocks at representing Philippine art in various international conferences, workshops, and exhibitions. You may have also seen his dreamy oil paintings on wood in a tiny room with a loft at the Pinto Art Museum.

 

 

Justiniani is known to be a skilled painter and visual artist, but for Art Fair Philippines, he presents a part of his Infinity series, an installation that captures vision and experience. The work is majestic in perspective, form, and intricacy. Structures for this work feature a pit of mirrors, a swerving track, a deep tunnel, and a dim cathedral, among others. Fair visitors will enter a dark and fascinating space with reflecting mirrors that stimulate an abyss—replicated several times. The installation takes after the retablo which are Baroque altarpieces for colonial cathedrals common in the Philippines and the Americas. These items combine and condense architecture, sculpture, and painting into artistic expressions. 

 

 

The installation also references Justiniani’s memory of seeing Victorio Edades’s painting, "The Builders," being moved out from a conference room at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It seemed to him that the ones carrying the painting may well be reflections of those in the painting. This brought him to a deeper reflection of the work’s great impact on the development of modern art in the Philippines. The artist thereby studies the processes involved in making an influence.

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His work greatly reflects the condition of modern times—the abundance of screens, our fascination with appearances, a flatness that threatens to destroy our material bodies, and an oblivious desire to capture and grasp our own versions of reality. It may be ambitious in operation and scale, but we’re sure he won’t disappoint—in fact, we expect the contrary.

 

Stay tuned as we tell you more about the featured artists' bright minds as Art Fair Philippines 2016 draws nearer!

 

Also read: 
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Artist Profile: Mac Valdezco shows transformation at its finest
Artist Profile: Nona Garcia explores subjects transformed into amazing landscapes

 

Art Fair Philippines 2016 is happening from February 18 to 21, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 5/F to 7/F The Link, Ayala Center, Makati City. For more information, visit Art Fair Philippines’ website.

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