Thursday, September 16, 6 – 8:30 pm
Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Manuel Ocampo, marking his first New York solo show
in a number of years. Entitled An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane
Illumination, the exhibition features a group of predominantly monochrome oil paintings that blend traditional Christian
iconography with mysterious, emotionally charged motifs, creating cryptic allegories that are at once ironic and disturbing.
The most internationally active contemporary artist from the Philippines, Ocampo has been an important voice on the Filipino
and global scene since his first solo show in Los Angeles in 1988. He is known for fearlessly attacking the taboos and cherished
icons of society and of the art world itself. Widely respected in Europe, Asia, and the US, he has been included in numerous
museum exhibitions and biennials around the world, including the Venice Biennale (2001) and Documenta (1992) as well as the
biennials of Seville (2004), Berlin (2001), Lyon (2000) and Gwangju (1997).
Describing the exhibition, Ocampo writes: “The theme that comes up again and again is of figures that connect to a sort of mythinduced
stereotype, rendered iconic but bludgeoned into a farcical conceptual iconoclasm made absurd by its exaggerated
impotence as a carrier of meaning or the esthetics of politics. The paintings are a comment on desire, as painting itself is an
object accustomed to this wish of being desirous, yet in the series they have a knack of providing some difficulty to the viewer as
the conventions of painting are dismantled to the point of ridicule.”