ART FAIRS / ART STAGE SINGAPORE 2015

ABOUT THE ART FAIR

The work inquires about the new language of narcissism projected in the digital landscape. While the phenomenon of “selfies” have taken over contemporary life, it was surveyed that the avid usage of social media and the quantity of “selfies” taken are from cities in the Philippines. The trend as well is noticeable around the region, changing the equilibrium of the digital landscape in terms of documentaiton. This activity also speaks about viewership and participation in an artwork, questioning the value system of engagement of an artwork by marking yourself with it.

True to the fashion of utilizing and referencing domestic objects and materials into his work, Juan Alcazaren produces three wall-bound pieces with light fixtures for Art Stage Singapore. Prompting the audience to perform the predictable “selfie” with the artworks, the aesthetic inquiry of background and foreground comes to the fore.

 

Pool Truths

As an artist, my aim is to stay afloat and not get kicked in the face in a pool full of other artists all diving for the same stone lying at the bottom. The works in this series “Pool Truths” are directly inspired by this quote from Franz Kafka:

“The truth is always an abyss. One must – as in a swimming pool – dare to dive from the quivering springboard of trivial everyday experience and sink into the depths, in order to rise again – laughing and fighting for breath – to the now doubly illuminated surface.”

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