Wawi Navarroza and Issay Rodriguez will have their exhibition walkthrough on 27 May, 3 P.M. Navarroza's MEDUSA and Rodriguez's ・・・ are on view at Silverlens from 6 May to 3 June. An Art Residency Talk by Cocoy Lumbao will also be held after the walk-through.
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Wawi Navarroza calls forth the Medusa and the Gaze that can turn the Seen into Stone. Spending the last two years in field work, photography, research and hours at sea —not unlike the voyages depicted in mythology, always a trip over the sea— she alludes to searching for the philosopher’s stone, this time: in MARBLE—as material and muse. Albeit not the Greco-Roman kind familiar to art history but a Tropical one. Her lyrical images take place in a small South-East Asian island entirely made of marble from mountain to seabed, hidden by thickets of palm trees and a lush green, situated in the Philippines: the island of Romblón.
Navarroza is a multi-disciplinary artist from Manila, Philippines known for her works in photography. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from De La Salle University, Manila and attended continuing education at the International Center of Photography, New York. Navarroza completed her education with an award from the Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid under the program European Master of Fine Art Photography. She has exhibited in Singapore Art Museum 8Q, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Asian Art Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan. She received the Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award, the Ateneo Art Awards, Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant, New York, Lumi Photographic Art Awards, Helsinki, Finland, and is currently finalist for the Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2017.
Issay Rodriguez reveals a silent manifestation of social contract written in between traces of our material culture. The dialogue of the tactile eye and a sense of untamed intimacy are explored through a series of framed works on paper, in conjunction with an installation of fabric books, inviting audiences’ interactions. Her work combines found objects with laborious artistic processes, decorative patterns with local specificity—with art as a lingua franca—and unreadability with familiarity. The complexity of Rodriguez’s presentation at this exhibition lies in her work’s relation to the craft of embroidery in ordinary circumstances of a household and the making of contemporary art in a professional artist’s studio. Viewers encounter her framed punctured sheets of tracing paper, in layers inside each frame. Various dots, as the result of punctured marks created by the artist, not only make reference to traditional processes of embroidery stitches but also suggest an active mode of reading through these Braille-like markings on the outermost surface of the layered tracing papers.
Rodriguez obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of the Philippines, Diliman and was awarded the Outstanding Thesis Award and ”Gawad Tanglaw” in 2013. She also studied as an exchange scholar at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris under the auspices of the French Government where she took short courses on Fresco and Wood carving for their classical old-world charm. She has exhibited her works in Venice, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila, New Delhi, Dubai and Paris. She has also been recently selected to participate in the exhibition Viva Arte Viva to be held at the Central Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale this year.
Out of Sight: Notes from an Art Residency by Cocoy Lumbao
In the beginning of the year, Cocoy Lumbao spent 11 weeks in the UK for an artist-in-residence program conducted by Gasworks, a gallery in South London. During that span, Cocoy Lumbao had the chance to work in his own studio in one of Europe’s most iconic cities, enabling him to experience, more than anything else, the dynamics involved for an artist working away from home. He contemplates on this experience as a kind of learning process that begins in the moment of writing the proposal and that eventually continues upon one’s return. In this talk, Cocoy Lumbao will share some details on how the residency transpired--the events that took place and insights he has gained from them--which ultimately lead to answering the question that arises from the process: what are artist residencies for?
The Gasworks Residency is being supported by Mercedes Zobel in partnership with Outset.
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