Self-taught artist John Frank Sabado hails from the Mountain Province of the Philippines. Known for his intricate, tapestry-like landscapes wrought from biro- point, Sabado re-introduces to us the universal ethnic in his new exhibition “Northern Postcards.”
In this new monochromatic series, he presents an artistic practice delicate in detail and method that is akin to weaving the filaments of fiber of a textile. “Northern Postcards” weigh the ecological struggle between the utopian land and the technology’s aggressive hand. As with postcards, the intricate landscapes in Sabado’s works suggest a channel of communication: the sender of which is an indigenous echo projected towards the context of the contemporary as a material and transcendent affair.