Friday, May 11, 2012

ALTAR Exhibit at Secret Fresh Gallery | Sneakpeek

ALTAR - A selection of new and existing works exploring assumptions on identity through a buildup of images with immediate references from contemporary urban culture suggesting a social state.

The exhibit opens today at 7pm in Secret Fresh GalleryRONAC Art Center



 Mark Salvatus (b. 1980) is an artist living and working in Manila. He graduated Cum Laude at the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design with a degree in Advertising Arts. His works deals with familiar objects, chance encounters, and everyday politics that crosses various media from drawings, installations, photography, street/urban art, to interactive and participatory projects. Building humor and drama to question memory, nostalgia, existence and space, thus making different perspectives between the viewer and the work. In 2007, he was awarded by the Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation (SPCC) a scholarship residency at the Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas in Barcelona and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) grant for young artist at the Goyang International Art Studio under Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in South Korea. Salvatus participated and exhibited his works at the 3rd Singapore Biennale, Singapore Art Museum 8Q (2011); 4thGuangzhou Triennial, Guandong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2011); Koganecho Bazaar, parallel event of Yokohama Triennale (2011); Jakarta Biennale XIV 2011, Galeri Nasional; LUMA, La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Space Beam, Incheon ; Next Wave Festival: Structural Integrity, Meat Market Art House, Melbourne; Asia Panic at the Gwangju Biennale Hall; Verso Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Ateneo Art Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines and National Art Gallery in Manila. Winner of the Ateneo Art Awards in 2010 (Philippines), his recent solo shows include C_rafts at the Vargas Museum in Manila curated by Patrick D. Flores; Secret Garden at the Visual Arts Center (VAC) La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia and Other View at The Drawing Room Contemporary Art in Makati City. In 2006, Salvatus co-founded Pilipinas Street Plan (PSP), a community of street artists and urbanists that organizes events, happenings, lectures, workshops and exhibitions that deals with urbanism and youth culture. He is also a core member of Tutok Artists Collective both based in Manila. (Source:


Deform has used the streets as a platform for his visual discourse since 2003. His drawings are inspired and influenced by contemporary urban art, graffiti and skate culture. He incorporates found and created imagery, wordplay and humor, capturing the uncertainty between chaos & order, alterations, and over-stimulations that manifests in public spaces. His works has been shown in DIY exhibitions such as his solo effort at Atomika Design Studio, Cubao X in 2011 and with artist KoloWn at Kalye Gallery, Manila in 2010 as well as other notable exhibitions and events in America, Europe, Middle East, Mexico, Asia.


Okto documents his daily life through photos, from bicycles, arts, food, places, travels, people, etcetera blah blah and things that interest him. Pilipinas street plan member, 12th recruit of KST, store whatever for THE clothing, a design artist for Atomika creative studio and did a part-time bike messenger for Pedala. (


Portraits of modern urban society, mostly awesome friends and people who rock. Funny people who inspire and make me and everyone around them happy. My artworks are mostly people from different parts of the world with the same characteristics as Filipinos, basically “crazy” people. The colors I used to make the artworks represent the subjects the way I view them in reality, mostly with a hearty laugh. A healthy sense of humor. (Karl Gustav)

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