England Hidalgo

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England Hidalgo was born in Quezon City and migrated to San Francisco, California in his teens. He is part of the Bay Area artist collective, Kwatro-Kantos and his works have been featured at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (US) as well as San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery (US). Hidalgo has exhibited in Green Papaya Art Projects, Cultural Center of the Philippines and LOSTprojects in Manila. He played for San Francisco hardcore punk bands Eskapo and Delubyo, and was a regular contributor of flyer and record artworks for the Bay Area punk community.

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Trek Valdizno

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The artistic practice of Trek Valdizno is prolific and is overarched by conceptual processes. Making work intuitively, and being directed by impulses toward the physicality of experimentation have never been lost to him. Aesthetically, his works become reduced to conclusive abstractions that curb both traditional craftiness and gestural maladroitness. The conditions, surrounding them, however, involve a kindred toward materiality and a gesture that brings together calculation and chance. With a highly process-oriented practice, Valdizno builds up and breaks down issues of dimensionality and the painted surface. With non-conventional painting materials and surfaces, he portrays an appreciation of space, color and natural form.

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No Accident Is Accidental

November 16, 2019 – December 10, 2019 @ –

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Magis Autumn

March 28, 2014 – April 27, 2014 @ –

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ON – Artist Made Lamps

December 15, 2018 – January 8, 2019 @ –

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TREK VALDIZNO

March 17, 2018 – April 10, 2018 @ –

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John Frank Sabado

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John Frank Sabado (b. 1969, Benguet, Philippines) is an autodidact whose skills and imagery have been recognized by art institutions in the Asia Pacific since 1999. In 2000, he received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ 13 Artists Award and was the Juror’s Choice in the Philippine Art Awards. John Frank Sabado has been exhibiting since 1990 in his home province in Benguet and Manila, Philippines. His practice has been featured in the 3rd Asia Pacific Triennale in Brisbane, Australia, the 16th International Art Exhibition in Guandong Museum of Art in China as well as the 3rd Asean Travelling Exhibition that debuted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennal in Japan. His last solo exhibition was in 2016 in The Drawing Room Manila.

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Images Of The Past

March 12, 2016 – April 6, 2016 @ –

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Diokno Pasilan

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Diokno Pasilan (b. 1963) lives and works in the Philippines and Australia. He received a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Western Australian School of Art, Design & Media in 2000. He was also one of the founding members of the artist-run space Kurb Gallery in Perth. His art production includes painting, installation, video, performance and music.

Having been raised in a countryside island in the Philippines, Diokno’s memories arch over his art practice that is enriched by communities and their material culture. In his assemblage of works, the artist weaves stories and narratives, responds to local conditions and plays the role of a visitor who is neither distant nor alien from his subjects. He brings together an assortment of objects and images that inspire his art practice.

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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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December Mix Hang

December 14, 2019 – January 7, 2020 @ –

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S/V Locomote

February 28, 2014 – March 23, 2014 @ –

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ON – Artist Made Lamps

December 15, 2018 – January 8, 2019 @ –

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Between The Cracks

October 13, 2018 – November 6, 2018 @ –

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Melbourne Art Fair 2018

August 2, 2018 – August 5, 2018 @ –

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Manuel Ocampo

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Manuel Ocampo has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over twenty-five years, known for fearlessly tackling the taboos and cherished icons of society and of the art world itself. During the 1990s, he was noted for his bold use of a highly charged iconography that combines Catholic imagery with motifs associated with racial and political oppression, creating works that make powerful, often conflicted, statements about the vicissitudes of personal and group identities. His works illustrate, often quite graphically, the psychic wounds that cut deep into the body of contemporary society. They translate the visceral force of Spanish Catholic art, with its bleeding Christs and tortured saints, into our postmodern, more secular era of doubt, uncertainty, and instability. In recent years, his works have featured more mysterious yet emotionally charged motifs that evoke an inner world of haunting visions and nightmares. He often makes use of an eclectic array of quasi-religious, highly idiosyncratic icons featuring teeth, fetuses, sausages, and body parts alongside more traditional Christian motifs.

The process of artistic creation is often a central concern, with many works making ironic commentaries on notions of artistic inspiration, originality, and the anxiety of influence. The artist himself is frequently the subject of parody and self- mockery; sometimes he appears as a buzzard, a kind of cultural scavenger, or assumes slightly deranged alter egos. He frequently includes sly references to the works of other artists, just as in the past he often referred to the work of provincial painters of Catholic altars. Of late, his works have featured more mysterious yet emotionally charged motifs (such as teeth, bones, and fetuses) that evoke an inner world of haunting visions and nightmares.

Ocampo’s first solo exhibition, which took place in Los Angeles in 1988, set the stage for a rapid rise to international prominence. By the early 1990s, his reputation was firmly established, with inclusion in two of the most important European art events, Documenta IX (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993). Also in the early 1990s, he participated in the seminal exhibition, Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992), as well as Individual Realities in the California Art Scene at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1991), and Jean-Michel Basquiat & Manuel Ocampo at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (1994). He has subsequently participated in numerous museum exhibitions and biennials around the world, including the biennials of Gwangju (1997), Lyon (2000), Berlin (2001), Venice (2001) and Seville (2004). Ocampo’s work was recently included in the exhibition, Possession III, at the Lancaster Gallery at Coventry University, Coventry, UK (2014), in a solo exhibition at the Carré Sainte Anne, Montpelier, France (2013), and in the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Brisbane, Australia (2012–2013). In 2015-16, his work will be showing in the traveling exhibition, Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, opening February 8 at the Montclair Art Museum. In 2017 Ocampo represented the Philippines in the 57th Venice Biennial.

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Collaborations

July 18, 2020 – August 8, 2020 @ –

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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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S.E.A. Focus 2019

January 24, 2019 – January 27, 2019 @ –

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Art Stage Jakarta 2016

August 5, 2016 – August 7, 2016 @ –

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Asia Now Paris Asian Art Fair 2017

October 18, 2017 – October 22, 2017 @ –

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Asia Now Paris Asian Art Fair 2016

October 20, 2016 – October 23, 2016 @ –

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Ged Merino

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Ged Merino is a Filipino American mixed media artist based in New York. In 2014 he held solo exhibitions at The Drawing Room Gallery in Makati, The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Galeria Expreso del Arte in Bogota Colombia. He was also selected as part of the Art Platform at the Singapore Art Stage last January 2015.

Merino also co-founded Bliss on Bliss Art Projects New York with his wife Carolina Morales. The cross-cultural artist run space provides a platform for experimentation and presentation of new works for contemporary artists, writers, filmmakers and performers.

“My current practice has its origins in textiles. At an early age I was always attracted to color, textures and decorative details of fabrics. When I was young I watched my mother recycle old fabrics from livestock feeds and use various techniques to give the old fabrics new life.  It was a process passed on to her by her family over the years. My process is spontaneous, intuitive, and improvisational I collect discarded artifacts from people’s lives that have been forgotten or left behind intentionally or incidentally.”

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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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Metamorphosis

May 21, 2014 – June 30, 2014 @ –

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Art Fair Philippines 2017

February 16, 2017 – February 19, 2017 @ –

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Common Thread

July 16, 2016 – August 9, 2016 @ –

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Transitional Objects

July 16, 2016 – August 9, 2016 @ –

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Selecting Memory

April 14, 2018 – May 8, 2018 @ –

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Kat Medina

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Kat Medina (b. 1984) is a painter who utilizes elements of craft-making in her works. She explores making places through architectonic nuances in gesture and in the configuration of color. Medina’s notable first solo exhibition was held in her house, this event a milestone to her investigation on domesticity and ‘bigger circles’. Medina graduated from Far Eastern University in Manila with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Her first solo show was held in the artist’s studio space and her first solo exhibition in a commercial venue was last October 2013 in The Drawing Room. She has also represented the gallery in Art Taipei 2014.

 

Medina has been involved in thinking about craft and object-making in the face of popular production. Her last solo exhibitions in The Drawing Room presents the different facets and periods in which she articulated this consciousness of gesture and the agency through which things and signs are made and circulated in society. As a painter, she de-materializes the process of mechanical production through deliberate mark-making. She takes from the world of known objects to a world of performing.

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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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December Mix Hang

December 14, 2019 – January 7, 2020 @ –

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Powers That Be

January 10, 2014 – February 16, 2014 @ –

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Psychotropics

March 16, 2013 – April 14, 2013 @ –

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Twice Removed

October 19, 2013 – November 11, 2013 @ –

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Common Subscriptions

October 19, 2013 – November 11, 2013 @ –

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Art Fair Philippines 2016

February 18, 2016 – February 21, 2016 @ –

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Forever Folding To Temper A Window To A Siphon Or A Knife

November 5, 2016 – November 29, 2016 @ –

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Nikulas Lebajo

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What recur in Nikulas Lebajo’s works are figures in repetition and objects in multiplicity. His practice is a compositional one rather than gestural, and his is a process that involves being stirred by the aesthetic totality of things without the daze of the spectacular. He paints objects not only because of their laconic forms, or color for their mutedness, but also because it is in their being uncompounded that he can explore elements of painting. He situates objects in compositional permutations, both in singularity and in multitude, further exploring the range of aesthetic experiences that are probable when perspective differs.

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December Mix Hang

December 14, 2019 – January 7, 2020 @ –

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Barriers

November 5, 2016 – November 29, 2016 @ –

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Mark Justiniani

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Mark Justiniani (b. 1966. Bacolod, Philippines), often identified with the lineage of Social Realism through the 80’s and 90’s in the Philippines through artist-activist initiatives like Salingpusa (1984) and Sanggawa (1994), have been working with notions of how we perceive reality. After returning from the USA in 2006, he has developed his oeuvre through “magic realist strains” and has moved to configurations of space, the nature of vision and their ever vacillating relationship with time through the use of reflective media in recent years. His practice has had him represent the Philippines in conferences and exhibitions in overseas since 1992.

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Philippine Pavilion Exhibits Island Weather at the 2019 Venice Art Biennale

The Drawing Room congratulates artist Mark Justiniani and curator Tessa Maria Guazon! Island Weather, curated by Tessa Maria…
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Mark Justiniani at the Children’s Biennale – Dreams and Stories

"After its success at the National Gallery Singapore last year, with more than 200,000 enthusiastic visitors, the Children's…
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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016

August 25, 2016 – August 29, 2016 @ –

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Art Stage Singapore 2017

January 12, 2017 – January 15, 2017 @ –

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Formosa Taipei 2016

May 12, 2016 – May 15, 2016 @ –

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The Inverted Telescope

May 27, 2017 – June 20, 2017 @ –

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Troy Ignacio

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Troy Ignacio’s works challenge surface value and the cavalier representations spurned by a capitalist society. A tautological thesis on intermittent memory and information flow by contemporary channels of media is raised in his portraits and depictions of objects. The texture of ambiguity that casts an ambience on his works presents the relationship of photograph to painting – as his process bears both artistic methods. The works are a product of “taking time” for a city to settle as you experience it. This conscious act merges two ways of seeing: one in clarity or starkness and the abstracted, as with the activity of zooming in. The grain and the haze are explored and achieved in both charcoal and oil media.

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ALT Philippines 2020

February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020 @ –

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Art Jakarta 2019

August 30, 2019 – September 1, 2019 @ –

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December Mix Hang

December 14, 2019 – January 7, 2020 @ –

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POPULUS

November 10, 2012 – December 4, 2013 @ –

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Everything Lose Its Meaning Eventually

June 29, 2013 – July 20, 2013 @ –

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Bazaar Art Jakarta 2016

August 25, 2016 – August 29, 2016 @ –

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Art Fair Philippines 2016

February 18, 2016 – February 21, 2016 @ –

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Art Busan 2018

April 20, 2018 – April 22, 2018 @ –

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