Reina Cruz got her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1996, where she majored in painting.
Her mixed media abstractions are explorations of the formal elements of art — color, shape, line, texture, pattern — which traditionally would have been used together, like tools, to make and build an artwork. Reina, however, takes one or two of these formal elements at a time and makes these formal elements the subjects (and not just the tools) of her artwork. While tradition would dictate that to make a painting, one would use paint to represent an idea or an image, Reina uses the materials themselves (red cloth, blue cloth, shiny plastic, cotton balls etc) to represent themselves as the subjects of her “paintings.” In giving the formal elements of art a physical , three-dimensional presence in her work, Reina explores how a painting can be an object rather than a picture.
This marks her second group exhibition at The Drawing Room.
Czar Kristoff (b.1989) is an artist who works across photography, video, site-specific installation and independent publishing.
His current practice is derived from his inquiries on function and memory.
The work of Kristoff has been exhibited locally at Vargas Museum, Ateneo Gallery, MO Space, Altro Mondo, Post Gallery, Blanc and West Gallery, and internationally at MoMA PS1, Art Dubai, Danselhallerne Copenhagen, Geffen Contemporary Los Angeles, Riga Photomonth Festival Latvia, Darnley Gallery London, The Museum of Photography Seoul, Krakow Photomonth Festival Poland, Atelier de Koekoek Vienna and Fotobok Gothenburg. His series Configurations was a finalist in Riga Dummy Book Award Latvia in 2016 and was shortlisted in Ateneo Art Awards for Visual Art in 2017.
He lives and works in Laguna, Philippines.
My work evolved from using photographs as reference points towards abstraction to opting for fast and spontaneous strokes that provide the background of an existing or new idea. Like literary writing where one jots down thoughts in a delirious mood and makes sense of them after reading the passages sober, my current process involves creating marks that are quick and dynamic, stepping back to articulate an idea, and finally practicing revision and restraint in composition.