PLUG IN ICA, WINNIPEG April 15 to June 4
Painter Patrick Cruz floods the gallery with his busy, vibrant paintings for this maximalist, site-specific installation. Here, he describes his intuition-driven process.
PATRICK CRUZ: Why maximalism? It’s a sensibility. It’s my way of comprehending materiality and environments. It’s rooted in where I grew up—manila, a very congested, overpopulated environment—and that sensibility carried through when I moved to Canada, where there’s so much space that wants filling. Maximalism makes sense to practice here because of the prevalent ideology of consumption and material excess, which gets sourced out in labour and production. For Plug In, I’m making half the work in Toronto and the rest is organic—which is how I work. It’s responsive to the architecture of the space and the context of the community. The whole process is intuitive. I only have a floor plan. I’ll be collaborating with the Filipino community in Winnipeg because I enjoy involving the public as collaborators or participants. Growing up in poverty has influenced how I approach materials, and the notion of ad hoc has always been interesting to me because, for me, improvisation is a means of disrupting a system, and this adaptation becomes a political metaphor.