Image: Robert Langenegger, Stokage, 2008
Oil on canvas, 61 x 61cm
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Argie Bandoy, Robert Langenegger, Maya Munoz, Manuel Ocampo
Jayson Oliveria, Gerardo Tan curated by David Griggs
Argie Bandoy writes the word STINK in one of his drunken paintings. Robert Langenegger finds a human fetus on the street in Manila and paints a baby Jesus giving the taxman a blowjob. Maya Munoz paints with brutal force ghost portraits while being stabbed by cigarettes. Manuel Ocampo paints debauched imagery, yet he is too scared to pick up a dead cat. Jayson Oliveria hates Johnny Depp and paints worms on acid. Gerardo Tan confirms, while he is sick with wine flu, that painting is alive and well.
Why are conceptual artist turning to painting?
Because they think it is a good idea.
Argie Bandoy + Maya Munoz
Robert Langenegger + Manuel Ocampo
New York London Paris Rome Manila City Jail, 2009
New York, London, Paris, Rome, Manila City Jail
Capping his four months of residency in Manila, Philippines Griggs’ New York London Paris Rome Manila City Jail has for its centerpiece a suite of four large-scale canvases he worked with inmates of the Manila City Jail. Each canvas captures the coat of arms of Bahala-na Gang, Sigi-sigi, Sputnik, and Batang City Jail, all acknowledged unofficial fraternities of convicts serving their sentence for various crimes. These coat-of-arms painted inside the city’s cramped prison compound serve to mark territories, and of certain pride and dignity, these gangs hold behind the guarded walls.
David Griggs works across various mediums. Predominantly a painter and photographer, Griggs has also created large-scale site-specific installations that comment on politics, poverty, prostitution, gang tattooing and freak shows. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and Asia and conducted research for projects during residencies in Barcelona, Manila, Thailand and Burma.
His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions including 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), The Buko Police, Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila (2005), and New York, London, Paris, Rome, Manila City Jail, Green Papaya Art Projects Manila, (2009).
David Griggs is represented by Kaliman Gallery, Sydney and Uplands Gallery, Melbourne.
Presented in cooperation with Asialink and the Australian Embassy-Manila
MOP Projects is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments