SOCIAL FABRIC | Karl Castro
3 to 25 November 2016
The UP Vargas Museum opens Social Fabric, a solo exhibition of Karl Castro at the 3F Galleries on 3 November 2016 at 4pm.
In Social Fabric, Castro gathers digitally mediated images of everyday erotic life and translates them as beaded tapestries. Focusing on the seeming ordinariness and ubiquity of these images, Castro draws our attention to the politics of the body, labor, pleasure, and class. The artist references the traditional technique of weaving and beadwork to evoke both tradition and transition, utility and decoration, handcraft and digital labor, as well as exchanges across time and space. Social Fabric convenes textile, image, body, and machine to intimate aspects of the history of material production and political economy.
Karl Castro (b. 1986) studied Visual Arts from the Philippine High School for the Arts and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As a designer, he has worked on poster designs for independent films, and book designs for scholarly and cultural publications. In 2016, Castro’s designs were exhibited at the Ayala Museum titled Secret Lives of Books. As an intermedia artist, he is keen on working with painting, photography, and weaving. His first solo exhibition titled Two Things was held in 2014 at Silverlens.
Social Fabric runs until 25 November 2016. For more information, please contact Vargas Museum at (+632) 928-1927 (direct line), (+632) 981-8500 loc. 4024 (UP trunk line), (+632) 928-1925 (fax) or send an e-mail to email@example.com.