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.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Visual Pond launches ARTiculation

Created and produced by Visual Pond, ARTiculation is a series on contemporary artists from the Philippines. The only series of its kind locally and 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. A catalogue featuring the ten artists will be made available at the end of the year. For foreign audiences, Visual Pond will eventually be releasing English transcripts.

For the first episode, Visual Pond is delighted to feature Mark Salvatus. Born 1980 and a BFA Advertising Arts cum laude graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Salvatus is interested in urban and community-based art as demonstrated in street art, the Wrapped project, the Accidental Contemporary Art series and blogging. He has participated in a number of international residencies such as the Asia Cultural Artist Residency (Gwangju, Korea), the Shatana International Residency (Shatana, Irbid, Jordan) and the Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas (Barcelona, Spain). He will soon be going to Melbourne, Australia as an artist for the Next Wave Festival 2010.

Born 1980, Lucban
Works and lives Manila, Philippines

MFA, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, PH (ongoing)
BFA, major in Advertising Arts, Cum Laude
University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts & Design, Manila, PH
Diploma in Commercial Arts
University of Santo Tomas, College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Manila, PH

Grants and Residencies
2009 ACAR Asia Cultural Artist Residency, Gwangju, KR, Daedong Culture Foundation
2009 Shatana International Residency, Shatana, Irbid, JO
2009 W.O.P. Residency at Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, PH
2008 Arts Network Asia (ANA)
2007 Residency at Can Serrat Centro de Actividades Artisticas, Barcelona, ES
2007 Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation (SPCC), Ministry of Culture of Spain
2007 Travel Grant for young artist, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, PH
2007 Residency at IASK Goyang Art Studio, Museum of Contemporay Art (MOCA) Seoul, KR

Selected Solo Exhibitions & Projects
2010 (Upcoming) Species, The Drawing Room, Manila, PH
2009 Court Yard, Pablo Gallery, Fort, Taguig, PH
Wrapped, Annexe Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, MY
2008 Good Morning Sickness, Nospace Gallery, Bangkok, TH
2007 Embolicat, Ajuntament del Bruc Regidoria de Cultura, Barcelona, ES
Wrapped, Goyang Art Studio Gallery, Seoul, South KR
2006 Jumbled Sequence Connection, Cubicle Gallery, Pasig City, PH
Eyes Wide Open, Pablo Gallery, Cubao Xpo, Quezon City PH

Awards and Recognitions
2009 Nokia-Inquirer 10 Most Exciting Young Artist
2008 Short-listed, Ateneo Art Awards Zones of Influence
2008 Finalist (Book Design), National Book Award; Dissonant Umbrellas: Notes Toward a
2007 National Book Award, Manila Critics Circle for The Cat Painter
2005 Finalist, National Book Award, Manila Critics Circle, Papa‟s House, Mama‟s House
2004 Grand Prize, Philippine Board on Books for the Young-Alcala Illustrator‟s Prize
2004 Honorable Mention, Art Association of the Philippines
2003 Finalist, Philip Morris-Philippine Art Awards
2003 Benavidez Outstanding Achievement Award conferred by UST
2003 First prize, UST inter-school on-the-spot painting contest
2002 Grand Prize, 2nd Artpetron students‟ art competition
2002 Second Prize, Art Association of the Philippines Art Competiton
2002 Third Prize, Printmakers Association of the Philippines Open Fine print competition
2002 First Honorable Mention, Philippine Long Distance Telecom-DPC national students‟ art

Public Collections
Asian Culture Complex, Gwangju Metropolitan City, South KR
Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines Diliman
University of Santo Tomas Museum of Arts and Sciences, Manila, PH
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, PH

More information on Mark Salvatus at his blog

ARTiculation © 2010, Visual Pond Artspace, Inc.
Series Director: Clarissa Chikiamco
Executive Producers and Curators: Clarissa Chikiamco & Rica Estrada
Associate Producers: Cheska Tanada & Tenten Mina
Series Coordinator: Rica Estrada
All images courtesy and copyright of Mark Salvatus
Music by and courtesy of Aljar3D
ARTiculation logo by Cheska Tanada

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