Patrick Cruz opening - Quarantine of Difference @ Wil Aballe Art Projects - WAAP, Vancouver [12 October]

Patrick Cruz opening - Quarantine of Difference

18:00 - 20:00

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Wil Aballe Art Projects - WAAP
688 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1R1

Quarantine of Difference
Opening reception: Thurs, Oct 12, 6-8 PM
Artist will be in attendance

Exhibition: Oct 12 — Nov 11, 2017
Hours: Tu-Sa, noon — 5 PM

Wil Aballe Art Projects | WAAP
688 East Hastings St. (lower level)

+1 604 800 2035

Quarantine of Difference considers the notion of home as a site of refuge, belonging and the familial. Cruz compounds poetry, video, sculpture, and painting as a way to measure and articulate the often arduous space of territoriality, ownership, and settlement.

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. Driven by folk sentiment, his multi-disciplinary practise 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.

In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Cruz is the founder of the Kamias Triennial in Quezon City, Philippines; an educational weeklong event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange.


For Cruz, amalgamating disparate source images and techniques is similar to the way hybrid identity is constructed by often impermeable layers. Maximalism—through colour, layering, quantity, excess—came to be a way for him to reconcile that void, since, as he told me, “Once you feel displaced, you feel like you’ve lost a limb, or something.” “Maximalism is not in the canon of Western art,” he adds. “I work fast and try not to overthink. My process is very intuitive. I like it to be free, like freestyling. Whatever’s around, I just grab it and cobble it together. For me, sampling is a way of problematizing [art] history.”
— Brittany Shepherd, Canadian Art

Philippine-born, now Guelph-based painter Patrick Cruz has an incomparable painting style. Patrick paints bright, chaotic, almost hieroglyphic paintings that seem to contain some ancient encoded message. Using a collage-esque approach to composition, Cruz’s bold zig-zaggy works feel ritualistic, engaging playfully with folk culture and its aesthetic sensibilities.
— Olivia Whittick, The Editorial Magazine
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