Saturday, June 22, 2019, 6 pm
June 22 to August 3, 2019
Poklong Anading’s spectrum of work ranges from video, installation, photography, drawing and painting. Poklong Anading (Manila, 1975) studied art at the University of the Philippines and he graduated in 1999. Hence, his current show marks two decades of his practice. And it is, therefore, timely that the exhibition centers around a series he started during his final phase at art school: Line Drawing.
Line Drawing is a process-oriented project and each iteration starts as a series of lines drawn onto a surface. While walking and drawing the lines with one hand, the other hand records lines being drawn. The camera thus records what is in effect a performance and at the same time functions as a drawing tool just like the pencil. The resulting video also becomes a virtual drawing.
This doubling effect – of drawing by one hand and recording by the other hand what the first hand draws – questions the power of the eye, naked or not, and the observable. Poklong indicates that to be able to ‘see’ we need to come into direct contact and we need physical interaction to make contact. And for him, drawing is an elementary gesture to establish contact.