some recent (& disrupted) projects

Gary-Ross Pastrana
Silverlens, Manila

Installation Views

About

    First thoughts: I wonder about all the shelved exhibitions, all the ideas and works that we’ll most likely never get to see. I personally saw plans for about four to five group shows I was going to be a part of fizzle out; with some postponed indefinitely, and others de facto cancelled even before the initial plans could be laid out. One interesting example of such would’ve been a show at the UP College of Fine Arts with my batch mates – Lyra Garcellano, Louie Cordero, and Nona Garcia, among others – to mark our twentieth year of finishing art school.  I was to co-organize it with my friend and another batch mate, Alvin Zafra, who early on had already suggested a somewhat, in light of what we know now, painfully ominous title: 2020: Perfect Visions.

    I also wonder about the missed encounters, the audience that our works failed to reach and the unrealized potential that can only be activated through the simple act of gathering works in a given space. The uncertainty of not knowing when we can return to these things, to any semblance of normalcy within our practice and livelihood, is in itself a source of great anxiety. Still, I recognize another sense of uncertainty that mainly lies in how we should negotiate with existing plans and trajectories, with erstwhile career-spanning concerns that may no longer resonate in a changed world. Should one choose to remain steadfast and unaffected by the current state of things, would it be seen as being strong-willed and resolute or oblivious and even tone-deaf? I for one have long referred to the everyday as my usual starting point and primary resource, but what becomes of it now when even the mundane has thoroughly been upended? 

    I hesitate to label this presentation as a proper exhibition, as it is more accurately a gathering of fragments; some pieces from the cancelled Art Basel HK, where I was supposed to participate in this year’s Kabinett section; collages made during the early days of the community quarantine that I grouped and framed together as a set; along with individually framed pieces from my (@collage_a_day_everyday) project, which for its part, had to be  placed on indefinite hold due to some unfortunate, personal circumstances I recently dealt with. When the idea of presenting something in the old Front Room space in the gallery came up, I instinctively thought of these disparate works that I had on hand. I see no imminent reason to even attempt to thread an overarching narrative or force a deeper connection between these elements. Perhaps, the only organizing principle one could infer is that they are all excerpts from disrupted projects, vestiges of floating narratives and precarious ideas of a practice currently in limbo. They could very well be the last iterations of concerns and trajectories that have gone thus far and may no longer be sustained.  If so, may this chance encounter serve either as a fitting sendoff or, better still, an opportune moment where new paths may begin to emerge.

     

    Gary-Ross Pastrana’s (b. 1978, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) art has been one of the most persistent in terms of combining concepts with objects. His conceptual pieces, although loaded with poetic intensity, remain unobtrusively subtle and even almost quaint in their appearance. Coiled photographs, woven tales from found pictures in the internet, sawed off parts of a boat shipped to another country, his shirt tied into a pole to commensurate a flag, these are the slightest of turns Pastrana has his objects make to create a new text within.

    Pastrana received his Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dominador Castañeda Award for Best Thesis. He has gained considerable experience and exposure within the region, with residencies in Bandung, Kyoto, Bangkok and Singapore. In 2006, Pastrana received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award. Since
    then, he has shown at the Singapore Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and was part of the 2019 The Art Encounters Biennial in Romania, 2019 Singapore Biennale, 2012 New Museum Triennale in New York, 2010 Aichi Triennale, and 2008 Busan Biennale. In 2004, he co-founded Future Prospects art space. In addition to his artistic career, Pastrana curates and organizes exhibitions in Manila and abroad.

    Exhibitions include Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2019); Art Encounters Biennial, Romania (2019); An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong (2019), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Utopia Hasn’t Failed Me Yet, Silverlens, Manila (2018, solo); The Extra, Extra Ordinary, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2018); The Other Face of the Moon, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2017); _*Clock, Map, Knife, Mirror*_, ROH Projects, Jakarta, (2016, solo); Summa, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014, solo).

First thoughts: I wonder about all the shelved exhibitions, all the ideas and works that we’ll most likely never get to see. I personally saw plans for about four to five group shows I was going to be a part of fizzle out; with some postponed indefinitely, and others de facto cancelled even before the initial plans could be laid out. One interesting example of such would’ve been a show at the UP College of Fine Arts with my batch mates – Lyra Garcellano, Louie Cordero, and Nona Garcia, among others – to mark our twentieth year of finishing art school.  I was to co-organize it with my friend and another batch mate, Alvin Zafra, who early on had already suggested a somewhat, in light of what we know now, painfully ominous title: 2020: Perfect Visions.

I also wonder about the missed encounters, the audience that our works failed to reach and the unrealized potential that can only be activated through the simple act of gathering works in a given space. The uncertainty of not knowing when we can return to these things, to any semblance of normalcy within our practice and livelihood, is in itself a source of great anxiety. Still, I recognize another sense of uncertainty that mainly lies in how we should negotiate with existing plans and trajectories, with erstwhile career-spanning concerns that may no longer resonate in a changed world. Should one choose to remain steadfast and unaffected by the current state of things, would it be seen as being strong-willed and resolute or oblivious and even tone-deaf? I for one have long referred to the everyday as my usual starting point and primary resource, but what becomes of it now when even the mundane has thoroughly been upended? 

I hesitate to label this presentation as a proper exhibition, as it is more accurately a gathering of fragments; some pieces from the cancelled Art Basel HK, where I was supposed to participate in this year’s Kabinett section; collages made during the early days of the community quarantine that I grouped and framed together as a set; along with individually framed pieces from my (@collage_a_day_everyday) project, which for its part, had to be  placed on indefinite hold due to some unfortunate, personal circumstances I recently dealt with. When the idea of presenting something in the old Front Room space in the gallery came up, I instinctively thought of these disparate works that I had on hand. I see no imminent reason to even attempt to thread an overarching narrative or force a deeper connection between these elements. Perhaps, the only organizing principle one could infer is that they are all excerpts from disrupted projects, vestiges of floating narratives and precarious ideas of a practice currently in limbo. They could very well be the last iterations of concerns and trajectories that have gone thus far and may no longer be sustained.  If so, may this chance encounter serve either as a fitting sendoff or, better still, an opportune moment where new paths may begin to emerge.

 

Gary-Ross Pastrana’s (b. 1978, Manila, Philippines; lives and works in Manila, Philippines) art has been one of the most persistent in terms of combining concepts with objects. His conceptual pieces, although loaded with poetic intensity, remain unobtrusively subtle and even almost quaint in their appearance. Coiled photographs, woven tales from found pictures in the internet, sawed off parts of a boat shipped to another country, his shirt tied into a pole to commensurate a flag, these are the slightest of turns Pastrana has his objects make to create a new text within.

Pastrana received his Bachelor’s degree in Painting from the University of the Philippines, where he was awarded the Dominador Castañeda Award for Best Thesis. He has gained considerable experience and exposure within the region, with residencies in Bandung, Kyoto, Bangkok and Singapore. In 2006, Pastrana received the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Award. Since
then, he has shown at the Singapore Art Museum, Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines, the Jorge B. Vargas Museum and was part of the 2019 The Art Encounters Biennial in Romania, 2019 Singapore Biennale, 2012 New Museum Triennale in New York, 2010 Aichi Triennale, and 2008 Busan Biennale. In 2004, he co-founded Future Prospects art space. In addition to his artistic career, Pastrana curates and organizes exhibitions in Manila and abroad.

Exhibitions include Every Step in the Right Direction, Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2019); Art Encounters Biennial, Romania (2019); An Opera for Animals, Para Site, Hong Kong (2019), Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Utopia Hasn’t Failed Me Yet, Silverlens, Manila (2018, solo); The Extra, Extra Ordinary, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila (2018); The Other Face of the Moon, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2017); _*Clock, Map, Knife, Mirror*_, ROH Projects, Jakarta, (2016, solo); Summa, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila (2014, solo).

Works

Gary-Ross Pastrana
(Eidolon III)
Lot- 01 Provisional Objects Series
2019
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carved wooden figure on MDF plinth
53.5h x 39l x 7d in • 135.89h x 99.06l x 17.78d cm (object)
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43h x 45l x 21d in • 109.22h x 114.3l x 53.34d cm (pedestal)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
Only Triangles; Black II
2020
5143
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collage on plexiglass mirror
48h x 36w in • 121.92h x 91.44w cm
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
Untitled (Lockdown Set)
2020
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collage on board
10h x 8w in • 25.40h x 20.32w cm (individual pieces)
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70h x 50w cm • 177.80h x 127w in (framed)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
007-10.15.2017
2017
5145
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collage (magazine pages)
11.69h x 8.27w in • 29.69h x 21.01w cm
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
008-10.16.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
016-10.24.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
018-10.26.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
023-10.31.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
029-11.06.2017,
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
030-11.07.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
031-11.08.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
035-11.12.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
039-11.16.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
040-11.17.2017
2017
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
089-01.05.2018
2018
5156
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
093-01.09.2018
2018
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
094-01.10.2018
2018
5158
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
099-01.15.2018
2018
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
101-01.17.2018
2018
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
103-01.19.2018
2018
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
104-01.20.2018
2018
5162
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
105-01.24.2018
2018
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collage (magazine pages)
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Gary-Ross Pastrana
109-01.25.2018
2018
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