Patrick Cruz | Psychic Mask
2016 | Plaster, acrylic, wire | | Courtesy of Wil Aballe Art Projects and the artist
Cruz’ mask work for auction was produced for Plug In ICA in the Spring of 2017 and is a small piece of his full installation Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze). Driven by folk sentiment, his multi-disciplinary practice is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, bio-politics and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Through his exuberant maximalist oeuvre, Cruz construes the notion of ornament and excess as a strategy of re-enchantment and destabilization.
Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Vancouver, Toronto and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA at the University of Guelph. He is also the founder of the Kamias Triennial in Quezon City, Philippines; an educational weeklong event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.This work was donated to Plug In ICA's 2017 Gala and Art Auction, proceeds from the sale of this piece support our artistic and educational programming.
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