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.
Nikolaus Gansterer: The Gray Matter Hypothesis
chalk drawing on black wall, 2013
“a diagram showing internal correlations and their external consequences marked out by key figures of thought balancing between reflecting and representing symbols of power affected by the structures of human experience and the various forms of interpretation.”
Autonomous Machines by Echo Yang
"The current popularity of generative design processes in which designers use algorithms to create a variety of different outcomes, instead of focussing on one, definitive result is closely linked to the use of digital design tools. This development has changed our perception of design as the creation of the single author. What could happen when the approach fostered by digital generative designers would be applied to an analogue world? A world in which obsolete machines like hand-powered alarm clocks, walkman and mechanical toys take centre stage?My experiments in this domain of obsolete machines reveal their internal algorithms. Instead of creating these algorithms, I simply adopt and then visualize them.”