Pablo Gallery opens the year with an exhibit called Autonomy Warriors by Australian artists David Griggs and Rene Sinkjaer. David Griggs had been based in Manila since 2005 and had been documenting subcultural scenes from prison gangs, tattoo artists, skateboarders, and other denizens of the gutters of urban Manila, straightforwardly depicted where their scars and wounds and pus ooze and gape wide open for their visceral truthiness, at times incorporating some of these images onto his paintings that are colorful pastiches from his subconscious psychogeographic meandering of the streets of Manila. This time, he focuses his lens on skater girls of Cubao, girls that are on the verge of womanhood but inundated by the bruises of their sport, defiant of the usual dainty images of girlhood.
Both artists will be present at the opening on the 10th of January, Saturday at 6PM.
David Griggs will also be releasing on the opening his book Warriors, a collection of photographs which comes as a 38 page hardbound book in 20 limited editions.
The exhibit Autonomy Warriors will be on view until the 21st of February.
Pablo Gallery is at South of Market Condominium, at the corner of 11th Avenue and 24th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig; and is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 12 – 7PM.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rene Sinkjaer only began to paint in 2004 after he migrated to Sydney from his country of birth of Denmark, tapping belatedly the keen curiosity and fascination for art he’d been harboring since he was a kid. His paintings are seemingly autobiographic scenes from a life of an artist depicting scenarios such as an artist’s garage sale, graffiti painting in the shower stalls, an orgiastic party, the interior/parlor of a collector/ eccentric. These are rendered naïf-like in bright colors, he paints minimally a narrative that unfolds in each viewing – maybe macabre, maybe based on something real, maybe entirely from imagination, yet belying a gravity of pathos despite the brevity of strokes, and directly quoting Philip Guston who has said of painting as “autonomous, pure and for itself, therefore we habitually analyze its ingredients and define its limits. But painting is ‘impure’. It is the adjustment of ‘impurities’ which forces its continuity.”
This would be Sinkjaer’s first time to exhibit in Manila.
Rene Sinkjaer was born on the West coast of Denmark in 1977.
In 2001 he attended a technical college where one of his teachers noticed that every book of Sinkjaer’s was covered in doodles and pointed out that maybe he should be attending a different class. Two weeks later that same teacher decided to take the class on a excursion to the art museum, it was here Sinkjaer was introduced to the magical world of creativity, it was the Cobra painters Asger Jorn, Corneille, and Carl-Henning-Pedersen that caught his attention, the vibrant colors and quirky imagery was exiting and liberating. In 2004 he moved to Sydney on a one year thinking pause, a way to break free from bad habits and start anew. One day he walked in to an art supplier and bought his first blank canvas, this would be the beginning of 10 years of feverish search for a personal style, a fresh image.
David Griggs was born in Sydney, 1975. He currently lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Griggs is known best for his paintings, photography and film projects. He works closely with various communities and artists both in the Philippines and Australia. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and America. He has conducted research for projects during residencies in Barcelona, Manila, Thailand and Burma. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions including Frat of the Obese, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2011) Fluid Zones Biennale Jakarta XIII (2009), Blood on the Streets, Artspace, Sydney (2007), The Independence Project, Galerie Petronas, Kuala Lumpur (2007), Exchanging Culture for Flesh, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2006), Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006), Post Criminal, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney (2010). David Griggs is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Station Gallery Melbourne and Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide.