by Rod Escobar Cantiveros
Anyone who would be stepping inside the Plug In institute of Contemporary Design, a feeling of engagement ensued as the hundred of colourful canvasses plastered up on the walls and on the floor of the gallery. And as you looked around, a well-arranged boxes and personal belongings induced you to a narrative of travel, and making your mind that the exhibition of Patrick Cruz, a Toronto based Filipino Canadian, a UP BFA, Emily Carr University of Arts and Design graduate and who finished his MFA at the University of Guelph, would be an experiential voyage, a retrospective showcase of moving to another place, to another country.
No wonder, Patrick Cruz’s installation of “Titig Kayumanggi (Brown Gaze) last summer at the Plug In gallery, deliberately exploded the idea of immigration, of moving around, of giving us that his work is “drawn on the ideas of cultural hybridity and globalization” a winner in the 17th Annual RBC Painting Competition in 2015, Cruz’s winning piece, “Time Allergy” centers on how he was inspired by his emigration to Canada as a young man.
And this latest installation, his inspiration of travel, of moving to another country had exploded by various shapes of commercial boxes, a TV monitor showing his travels and paintings “are stylistically melded into a densely cluttered and uniformed world of painted lines, bold colours, collaged videos and stacked objects” The vibrancy of his pallete, the gayness of his strokes and splashes of paints gave the aura of total exploration to the universe, as he said: “mimicking the wild energy of a choatic terrain.”
To a novo patron of the arts, one would be awed by the feeling of being “engulfed” , being “engaged” to explore the various paintings and beyond. And as if you were threading a “chaotic terrain”.
To see and watch the colliding vibrancy of colours, and the thematic narrative behind, one would be transported into the world where Patrick Cruz found himself “to have arrived” into a new place into a new country which he calls home.
Photos by Rod Cantiveros | Filipino Journal