Big night down the drain
Manuel Ocampo & Claus Carstensen
June 2nd – July 1st, 2023
A memory fragment
By: Claus Carstensen
Late on a Tuesday evening in March 2009, Nikolaj Recke called me, as they had a visit that evening by the Filipino artist Manuel Ocampo. He asked if I had the time to get a couple of beers with them. He told me that he had met Manuel during her stays in the Philippines, and that Manuel knew my works from the catalog The São Paulo Project and Related Work 1992-94, which he happened to come across while he was living in San Francisco back in the early 1990s. As I have been a big fan of his work since I saw his paintings in the Helter Skelter catalog and at Documenta 9, I went over to Lilibeth and Nikola’s, where we sat and talked late into the night. The following year, I happened to meet Manuel again at the art fair Volta in Basel, where he was hanging out with the Australian artist David Griggs.