Perimeter Offense

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 6 pm

July 2 to July 29, 2016


1335MABINI is proud to present a solo exhibition by Joseph Tecson titled “Perimeter Offence,” opening on July 2, 2016.

Joseph Tecson explores painting as a means to expose or criticize social boundaries within predefined societal contexts, often using explicit subject matter in contrast with implicit comparisons.  Though much of his works take the form of more traditional practices like portraiture, his choice of subject matter as well as the manner in which he juxtaposes them with each other are forceful signifiers of an ironic contemporary state of things.

Having no formal training in art, Tecson learned to paint on his own during a period of incarceration (2008 – 2012).  By the time he had been acquitted of the charges, Tecson had already participated in a number of art exhibitions including his first solo show at Mag:Net Gallery Katipunan in Quezon City titled “Inmates,” which featured 50 portraits of detainees and convicts from Quezon City Jail where he was imprisoned.  In retrospect, the exhibition traces the beginnings of the artist’s affinity for portraiture, as well as the awareness of border dynamics which would set the tone for a number of his future art projects.  In 2014, he mounted the exhibition “Inmates + Outmates” at WhiteSpaceBlackBox in Switzerland, where inmate portraits were exhibited alongside portraits of members from high society. 

Tecson’s latest body of work in “Perimeter Offence” continues to probe his preoccupation with border dynamics.  In his sixth solo show, the artist presents paintings of lush interiors vis-à-vis paintings of disorder in public spaces. 

Joseph Tecson (b. 1985) is a painter who lives and works in Manila, Philippines.  He has been actively participating in exhibitions since 2011.  In the Philippines, he has shown work in Light and Space Contemporary, West Gallery, Art Informal and Manila Contemporary.  In 2014, he was selected as one of the resident artists of WhiteSpaceBlackBox in Switzerland, where he subsequently mounted his solo exhibition “Inmates + Outmates.”  “Perimeter Offence” is Tecson’s sixth solo exhibition.Rinne Abrugena has a notable interest in the communicative value of painting as a means to express and visually interpret literary ideas or inquiries about human nature. As a reader of books with a background in education, Abrugena has a good grasp on the concept of articulation. This is rather fascinating, considering that her works have a clear tendency for abstraction.