“Strange Attractors” : Mariano Ching, Mark Andy Garcia, Gene Paul Martin, and Jaime Pacena II at Artery Art Space

At Artery Art Space is “Strange Attractors” featuring paintings by Mariano Ching, Mark Andy Garcia, Gene Paul Martin, and Jaime Pacena II, an exhibit reconfiguring the body in space along interventions in representational form guided by inmost concepts of the self that prefigure greater bodies of social, psychological, emotional, and symbolic meanings. The exhibition runs until 25 August.

Environments of opposition to original gestures attract newer forms born from rigorous self-determination, producing mesmerizing strange new beings: figures of becoming, of fatality and transformation, that are fragmentary and virtual, wild and ethereal, existential and provocative. Each artist in the exhibit plumbs through the varieties of artistic expression embodied in romantic empiricism, in surrealist shock, synthetic realism, or involving other narrative designs and worldly critique, while simultaneously establishing a unique signature of self-invention.

Mariano Ching graduated from the College of Fine Arts in the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and received a Monbusho Scholarship, becoming a distinguished Research Student as a Printmaking Major in Kyoto Arts University, Japan. He is a 2006 CCP Thirteen Artist Awardee, and has shown in various galleries both locally and abroad including Finale Art File, Silverlens, Underground Gallery, West Gallery, and Owen James Gallery (US).

“The Painter” 2018. Oil on canvas, 48 inches x 36 inches. By Mark Andy Garcia.

Mark Andy Garcia graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising from the Technological University of The Philippines, and has shown in various galleries including Art Cube Gallery, Silverlens, 1335Mabini, and Secret Fresh Gallery. He is also the recipient of many awards such as the Grand Prize for 2007 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence National Art Competition (Oil Painting Category); Juror’s Choice Award of Excellence, 2008 Philippine Art Awards. He is also a recipient of the 2015 Thirteen Artist’s Award by the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Gene Paul Martin graduated from Far Eastern University, and has shown at numerous galleries including Silverlens, West Gallery, Secret Fresh Gallery, Underground Gallery, and Richard Koh Fine Art (Malaysia). In addition, Martin frequently organizes group shows, most popular of which is Recto Made, as well Sampaguita Projects where he runs the space along with the artist Potti Lesaguis.

Jaime Pacena II graduated Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas, he is a multimedia artist, a teacher and a curator. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in various spaces both in Manila and abroad that includes Blanc Gallery, CANVAS Gallery, UP Vargas Museum, and Rikuzentakata in Japan. In 2010, he was a grantee of the Jenesys Programme for Creators by the Japan Foundation in cooperation with the Jorge Vargas Museum-Curatorial Development Program, a 3 months Curator-in-Residence Program in Aomori Contemporary Art Centre and in Tokyo. His curatorial projects have extended from Manila to Japan and Australia. He also work as a video director for the advertising and the music industry in the Philippines and continues to encourage and guide multimedia arts students in Asia Pacific College-School of Multimedia Arts.

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