Marina Cruz, Red and White Stripes, 2014, Oil on canvas, 153.5x101.8cm

In Marina Cruz’s works, both the method of display and the individual images operate simultaneously on several different levels. She is predisposed in each exhibition to use her diverse collection of antique, nominal, and semantic material in such a way as to bring into attention some characteristic of painterly representation. The astute presentational tactics; the devices of display and the source of her imagery; the recollection of events in her family history and the history of her depicted objects, pile the many layers in Marina Cruz that are waiting to be surfaced and understood. For this reason, not withstanding her intentionally nostalgic use of old things and old lives, we suitably recognize Cruz’s practice as a meticulously contemporary one, primarily concerned with the conflicting nature of the painted object and the actual event behind it: the visibility and invisibility of its subject; the simultaneously physical and yet ethereal nature of the painted image.

There’s a flair of a simultaneously tangible but untouchable presence felt in the photographs uncovered by Cruz and her grandmother from more than fifty years ago which serve as the source for her paintings. She deals with the stories of survival and recapture of the dresses of her twin mother and aunt which she summons in her exploration of the life and after-life that inhabits these objects. Her painting process, like one’s memory, is often faintly trailed, recognizable under her elusive lexis of portraiture.

About the artist

Born in 1982, Marina Cruz graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts where she is currently finishing her MA in Art Education. She has shown prominently in several exhibitions in Manila and internationally. In 2007, she won both the grand prize of the Philippine Art Awards and the Ateneo Art Awards which gave her the opportunity to attend a fellowship at La Trobe University’s Visual Arts Center in the same year. She was also awarded the Freeman Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in 2008.

Education

2003

Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, University of the Philippines.

Best Thesis and cum laude College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines

Solo Exhibitions

2015

Wear and Tear, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

2014

Fabric Skin, Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines

Dolled up, Art Fair Philippines 2014, Makati, Philippines

2012

In the House of Memory, Mind Set Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan

Inside/Out, BenCab Museum, Baguio, Philippines

2011

Forget me not, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

2009

Spontaneous Moments, The Drawing Room, Makati, Philippines

Un/Fold, Ateneo Art Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

Home is the place that you will leave, The Drawing Room at CIGE China

International Gallery Exposition, Beijing, China

2008

Open House, The Drawing Room, Makati, Philippines

Embroidered Landscapes, Main Gallery, La Trobe Visual Arts Center, Australia

Lest you forget, Boston Gallery, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Resollections, Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines

2007

Dollhouse, Art Informal, Mandaluyong, Philippines

2005

Kambal, Boston Gallery, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014

Woman-Home:In the Name of Asian Female Artists, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

BODY AND NARRATOR SILVERLENS Gallery, Manila, Philippines

2013

The Philippines Contemporary: To Scale the Past and the Possible, curated by Patrick D. Flores. Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines

2011

BISA: Potent Presences, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila, Philippines

2010 Simple Depictions, Total Gallery, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Manila, Philippines

Looking Back, Drawing Room and Ark Galerie, Jakarta, Indonesia

2009

Daloy Exhibition, CCP Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Boston Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

2008

Sentimental Value, SOKA Art Center, Beijing, China

Uncommon Grounds, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

Strange Familiarities, Familiar Strangers, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Manila, Philippines

2007

Sungduan 4: Extensions, Museum of Three Cultures, Capitol University, CDO, Philippines

Tampu+Lapuk: Contributions to Teracotta, 2nd Dumaguete Teracotta Bienale, Philippines

2006

A/P: Analogue Playground, Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines

2005

Armour, Corredor Gallery, UP College of Fine Arts, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2004

Babaylan@Kasibulan.net, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

Gamit, The Edge, Up Jorge Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines

2003

Buod: Celebration of the Year of the Family, NCCA National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Manila, Philippines

2002

Trap Doors False Buttons, West Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines

Toys, Ayala Museum, Makati, Philippines

Awards

2012

Winner of the 2012 Thirteen Artists Award

2008

Grand Prize Winner, Philippine Art Awards, Philip Morris

One of the 3 Winners Ateneo Art Awards: Zones of Influence

Shortlisted for 3 Exhibits Ateneo Art Awards

2007

One of the 10 Finalist for NCR National Capital Region Philippine Art Awards

Philip Morris

2006

Shortlisted Ateneo Art Awards: Outbound

2004

Juror’s Choise GSIS Painting Competition

2003

Semi-Finalist Philippine Art Awards, Philip Morris

2000

Semi-Finalist Metrobank Young Painter’s Annual Art Competition

Finalist, Shell Student Art Competition

Semi-Finalist Nokia: Modern Art Asia Pacific [National Level]

Artist Residency

March-April 2008

Asian Fellowship Grant, Sponsored by Freeman Foundation Vermont Studio Art Center, USA

October 9-25, 2008

Artist Residency Grant From La Trobe Visual Arts Center La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia

About the exhibition

Dates: 01/10/2015 – 02/07/2015

Venue: Mind Set Art Center

Courtesy of the artist and Mind Set Art Center, for further information please visit www.art-msac.com.

 

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