With the support of the Japan Foundation, Blanc and Silverlens Galleries, the U.P. Vargas Museum acquires sculptural pieces by 13 Artist grant recipient Gary-Ross Pastrana and New York-based Filipino Designer Stanley Ruiz. The sculptures will be formally presented on March 4, Tuesday, 4:00PM at the museum grounds and will coincide with the reception of the Curatorial Workshop organized by Vargas Museum and Japan Foundation.
Both artists are graduates of the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts and have exhibited locally and internationally in the field of design and contemporary art practice. Originally created as a collaborative installation for a design laboratory initiated by the Japan Foundation, the sculptures were created in response to the Berg Space at First United Building (formerly Perez-Samanillo Building), a building designed by Juan Luna’s son, Architect Andres Luna de San Pedro. Both artists were inspired by the art deco elements of the architecture and lines of the building, in addition to the historical elements of Escolta.
Gary-Ross Pastrana is an artist/curator who is known for his installations, while Stanley Ruiz is an industrial designer whose work encompasses design, function and artistic practice.
The sculptures created by Pastrana and Ruiz complement the modernist elements of the U.P. Vargas Museum building as well as its growing outdoor sculpture collection alongside the works of Abdulmari Imao, Cian Dayrit, Florante Caedo and Duddley Diaz and in the wider context of the other sculptural pieces around U.P. Diliman campus by National Artists Guillermo Tolentino and Napoleon Abueva, Ildefenso Marcelo, and Renato Rocha.
About the Artists
Gary-Ross PASTRANA (b. 1977) graduated with his BFA from University of the Philippines. Known for his sculptural installations, he was the Philippine representative to Busan Biennale in Korea (2008) and participated in Aichi Triennial (2010). He is a recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines(2006), and was also the co-founder/curator of Future Prospect, an alternative art space in Cubao, Philippines. Pastrana’s works are about things broken apart, and the sudden space between the separated parts. In Busan Biennale (2008), he showed Collapsible Stream, a boat airmailed from Japan to Korea in pieces, created during his artist residency in Kyoto. He has exhibited in cities such as Manila, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bangkok, and Hong Kong among others. He lives and works in Manila.
Stanley Ruiz (b. 1976, Quezon City) is an industrial designer and media artist whose works are primarily expressed through objects that lie within the domains of design, craft, sound performance, and media arts. His works explore the synthesis of the natural and the man-made, human and object interaction, hardware hacking and customization, with a deliberate bent towards craft as a method of production. He has exhibited extensively in the USA, Europe, and Asia. He was the Philippine delegate to the 4th Asia-Europe Artcamp in Helsinki, Finland, where he presented his work Sound Economy.Ph (1976-2006) – a project that used Philippine economic data as an algorithm in audio-visual composition. Born and raised in Quezon City, he published the independent punk ‘zine Voice Out! and played in several underground bands in Manila from the early to late-90’s. He moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2004 and the following year founded the folk-inspired experimental noise group Gunung Sari.