Friday March 4th. 2016
at Centre A
Curated by Makiko Hara
Image and Written content provided courtesy of Centre A
For Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise), Filipino-Canadian artist Patrick Cruz will transform the main gallery of Centre A into an elaborate immersive environment that weaves together personal, political and historical narratives that meditate on the conditions and processes of displacement, cultural hybridity and the material excess of our global culture. Driven by folk sentiment and animist proclivities, his maximalist oeuvre mimics the destabilizing forces of modernity to consider traditions and practices of ornamentation and patterning as strategies for re-enchantment and de-stabilization. Informed by his experiences of being transplanted into another culture Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise), compounds narratives and conversations between art and culture, media and institutions, race and identity, while measuring the capacity of art to generate an inquiry within the process of globalization. In his installation, Cruz facilitates a diasporic cultural exchange through collaborative projects with local and international cultural producers.
Highlights of the exhibition include new paintings and sculptures by Patrick Cruz, presented with numerous local and international artists in collaboration including: a sound performance by Andrew Lee (public program), and video pieces in the installation by JP Carpio (PH), Casey Wei (CA) and Dada Docot (PH/CA).
A first survey book of Cruz’s artwork will be published in conjunction with the exhibition. The book features essays from academics, artists and curators, compiled by Cruz.
Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise) also marks Cruz’s first solo exhibition since winning the 2015 RBC Painting Prize last November, as well as the beginning of Centre A’s long-time Curator (2007-2013) Makiko Hara’s 2016 Curatorial Residency.
Join us on Friday March 4th at 6pm for a conversation between Centre A’s founder Hank Bull and Cruz, and a screening of a rare Santiago Bose video work. This will be followed by the Opening Reception for Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise) at 7pm, with a special Filipino meal prepared by the artist.
PATRICK CRUZ (b.1987) is a Filipino-Canadian multidisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario where he is pursuing his Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. Cruz’s experience migrating from the Philippines to Canada informs his studio practice, prompting him to question notions of diaspora, displacement and the adoption of a new cultural identity. Recognizing the importance of his endeavors, in 2015, Cruz was awarded first prize at the 17th Annual RBC Painting Competition. Cruz has presented work locally and internationally. For more information, visit www.patrickcruz.org.
MAKIKO HARA is an Independent Curator, based in Vancouver and Tokyo. She has been researching and curating contemporary art internationally since the early 1990s. From 2007 to 2013 Hara served as Chief Curator at Centre A and in 2016, she is returning as Curator-in-Residence. Hara is specialized in socially engaged art practices and has curated numerous public art projects in Canada and Japan including Toronto Scotia Bank Nuit Blanche (2009), and most recently the 2014-15 artist-in-residence AIR 476 in Yonago, Japan, and the Koganecho Bazaar 2014 – Fictive Communities Asia, International Artist in Residency and Art Festival co-organized with Yokohama Triennial 2014. She is currently a Contributing Curator for Mash Up: The Birth of Modern Culture, coming up at Vancouver Art Gallery
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