The Drawing Room
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.