Jose Santos III is known for his narrative trompe l’oeil in earlier works. In Confertum, collecting crowds, Santos III focuses his gaze on still life objects. This exhibit reveals the artist’s long time fascination with how much value mundane objects can convey by virtue of assimilation or vicarious histories from lives around it. Collecting is something the artist does by instinct. Grouping his finds and bringing them to his canvas is a discrete organic decision built around his daily affairs. He assumes the role of a memory scavenger and a storyteller. Particularly in this exhibit, he explores the discursive nature of the objects he has collected to make the audience feel that beyond good skill, artists are keen in observing the world and keeping track of its multifaceted wisdom.
Jose Santos III (b.1970, Manila) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines, where he also taught for seven years. He was awarded U.P. Gawad Chancellor for Outstanding Visual Creation in 2001 and Thirteen Artist Awardee of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2000. Beyond the country, his works has been exhibited in Denmark, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Bangladesh and New York. Santos is currently a full-time artist based in Pasig City. Confertum, collecting crowds is his 18th solo exhibit and his first major exhibit after four years.
Art Informal presents this exhibit at the U.P. Jorge Vargas Museum from 30 August to 12 October 2013. Curated by Dayang Yraola.