TAKSU Singapore, 23 October – 17 November 2013

TAKSU Singapore is proud to present ‘Marking, Making and Seeing’, a group exhibition by Argie Bandoy, Bernardo Pacquing and Nilo Ilarde. Marking, Making and Seeing presents the work of three contemporary Philippine artists working in abstraction: a glimpse at current trajectories that non-figurative art has taken in this side of the region. As a post-war artistic phenomenon (both globally and locally), the exploration with non-representation has taken on various turns with each generation: from being overtly influenced by abstract expressionism and automatism to a tenuous fascination with the how non-representation can be used as a critique of painting itself.

Argie Bandoy (b. 1973) studied Fine Arts at the University of the East. In 1996, Bandoy started joining group exhibitions and was affiliated with Surrounded by Water, a group that set up among the country’s pioneering artist-run spaces. In 2004, he held his first one-man exhibition and started his first artist residency at the Big Sky Mind artist-run space in Quezon City, Philippines. In 2008, he worked with Filipino-American artist Manuel Ocampo on a collaborative exhibition, Problems with Styles. In 2011, he received the TARP residency at TAKSU Kuala Lumpur.


Bernardo Pacquing (b. 1967) has been publicly exhibiting his works since 1993. He was twice awarded the Grand Prize for Non-Representational Painting at the 1992 and 1999 Open Art Competitions of the Art Association of the Philippines (AAP). By 2000, he received and completed the Freeman Fellowship Grant at the Vermont Studio Center, United States. In 2004, Pacquing was named as one of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) Thirteen Artists Awardees.


Nilo Ilarde (b.1960) entered the Philippine art scene in the early 1980s by being commended during the Young Arts in Asia Now exhibition held at the Hong Kong Center in 1980 and winning the AAP annual national competition (Painting) in 1981. He started exhibiting his work as part of group exhibitions since 1983 and held his first one-man exhibition in 1987. Alongside painting and installation work, Ilarde has served as an exhibition director and curator of numerous shows of contemporary Philippine art for various art institutions and galleries over the past three decades.



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Exhibition runs from 23 October till 17 November