The Draw­ing Room

Harper's Bazaar Art (Indonesia) - - Exhibition Highlight - Mark Jus­tini­ani

Proudly rep­re­sent­ing the Philip­pines is The Draw­ing Room, the con­tem­po­rary art haven founded by Ce­sar Vil­lalon that has been go­ing strong since 1998, de­pend­ably con­tribut­ing to the ever flour­ish­ing art and cul­tural scene in the coun­try. So far The Draw­ing Room has been very wel­com­ing to avant-garde lo­cal artists by pro­vid­ing them pre­cious av­enues—both at home and abroad—to ex­hibit their cos­mopoli­tan and ur­ban­cen­tric work of art, the kinds of artist who, in their own words, “main­tain a pri­or­ity of per­sonal syn­chro­nisms be­tween his­to­ries we in­herit and his­to­ries we are shap­ing.” Their eclec­tic fea­tured artists in­clude Juan Al­carez (win­ner of the pres­ti­gious 13 Artist Award), Dio­kno Pasi­lan (mixed-me­dia), Kat Me­d­ina (painter), Roderico Jose Daroy (painter), Gas­ton Da­mag (in­stal­la­tion artist), and Mark Jus­tini­ani. Jus­tini­ani—painter and in­stal­la­tion artist—was also a win­ner of the Thir­teen Artist Award granted to him by the Cul­tural Cen­tre of the Philip­pines back in 1994 as an ac­knowl­edg­ment for his re­lent­less artis­tic en­deav­ours in many forms and shapes. For Bazaar Art Jakarta he will play with the con­cept of jux­ta­po­si­tions of ex­change in his piece called A la carte, which dis­plays a wooden cart—nor­mally seen in the cir­cus or in the streets to dis­play food— set against an ex­hi­bi­tion of wealth. The dis­tinc­tion be­tween what is sim­ple and op­u­lent will be vis­i­ble—the dif­fer­ences and sim­i­lar­i­ties high­light any form of in­ter­sec­tions.

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