Visual Pond Artspace, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to the visual arts. Based in Manila, Visual Pond aims to be a dynamic player in the Philippine contemporary art scene through projects that engage and promote local artists both here and abroad.

We at Visual Pond envision a contemporary art scene that is vibrant, open to experimentation and supported by the community. By taking initiatives and creating opportunities for Filipino artists, we work towards this realization for the visual arts locale.

Asides from Manila-based projects, we are also interested in regional and international exchanges on ideas, concepts and possible collaborations with definite end products.


Friday, July 9, 2010

ARTiculation S01E03: Ronald Caringal

Visual Pond presents Ronald Caringal for the third episode of the Philippine contemporary art series ARTiculation. After leaving his advertising studies at the University of Santo Tomas, Caringal taught himself to paint and pursued a process which results in even and crisp visuals that are further intensified by the use of fashionable colors. His paintings' pop-sensibility and superficial looks coat the artist's personal experiences and memories which lay behind his works. He challenges audiences to look into deeper meanings behind seemingly facile images, including the environment of the mass media. Caringal, who is also the director of the independent art space Cubicle Art Gallery which will reopen later in the year, recently launched his latest solo exhibition, Puff the Magic Jargon, on view at Blanc Peninsula Manila till 24 July 2010.

Created and produced by Visual Pond,
ARTiculation is the only series of its kind locally. Consisting of ten videos released online throughout the year, each episode features an artist talking about his/her body of work such as themes, influences and motivations. The series, shot and edited with a low budget, aims to be a critical and easily accessible resource for curators, writers, students, academics and anyone who wants to learn more about contemporary artists from the Philippines.

Born 1980
Works and lives in Manila, Philippines

Solo Exhibitions
2010 Puff the Magic Jargon, Blanc Peninsula Manila
2009 First Impression Lusts, Hiraya Gallery, Manila
2008 Sigh, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2008 COMMITMENT ReISSUES, Utterly Art Gallery, Singapore
2005 I Hardly Recognize You, Store for All Seasons, Manila
2005 Fuck Art, Sex Sells, and the Science of Body Language, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila

2009 The Silence of Meaning, Metro Gallery, Manila
2009 Critical Thinking, Whitebox Gallery, Manila
2009 18 x 24, Metro Gallery, Manila
2008 TutoKKK, Blanc Gallery, Manila
2007 The December Show, Blanc Gallery, Manila
2007 BOXED, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
2006 BOXED, Big Sky Mind, Manila
2005 On Paper, Mag:net Gallery ABS-CBN, Manila
2005 Flippin' Out, Goliath Gallery, New York
2005 Quit Playing Games with my Art, Alliance Francais de Manille, Manila
2004 Everyday Fools, UFO Gallery, Manila
2004 Generating Preview, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2003 Go Chop Suey Go!, Big Sky Mind, Manila
2003 Lift Me Up, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2003 Pag-ibig Findings 2, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2003 Dog Show 2, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2003 Dog Show, UFO Gallery, Manila
2002 Pag-ibig Findings, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila
2002 One, The Cubicle Art Gallery, Manila

More images of Caringal's work at

ARTiculation © 2010, Visual Pond Artspace, Inc.
Series Director: Clarissa Chikiamco
Producers and Curators: Clarissa Chikiamco & Rica Estrada
Associate Producer: Tenten Mina
Series Coordinator: Rica Estrada
All artwork images courtesy and copyright of Ronald Caringal
Additional photographs taken by and courtesy of Sunshine Reyes, Kadin Tiu and Buck Pago
ARTiculation opening and closing music by and courtesy of Aljar3D
Additional music courtesy and copyright of HUH!
ARTiculation logo by Cheska Tanada