3 May – 8 June 2013
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the reopening of the gallery in larger spaces with Manuel Ocampo’s second solo exhibition in the gallery Monument to the Pathetic Sublime.
Manuel Ocampo emerged out of nowhere when the heyday of 1980’s Postmodernist art was coming to a close, giving way to an urgent voice that sought to level the cultural field through the representation of the ”Other”. Ocampo was born and lived under Ferdinand Marcos’ grip, through the period of martial law, while attending Catholic school for his primary education. He was trained by local priests to make copies of devotional retablo paintings, which considerably composed his formal art training. In the time right after the People’s Power Revolution toppled Ferdinand Marcos Ocampo migrated to California from the Philippines. Within such conditions he wrestled with the trinity of the spiritual (Spain), the material (US), and the self (the Philippines).