Manuel Ocampo

An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane Illumination

September 16, 2010 — October 30, 2010


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The Holocaustic Spackle in the Murals of the Quixotic Inseminators III, 2010

oil on canvas

64 x 48 in. (163 x 122 cm)

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Gewurtztraminer, 2010

oil on canvas

36 x 24 in. (91 x 61 cm)

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Counterwish of the Exotic, 2010

oil on canvas

51 x 35 in. (130 x 89 cm)

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The Holocaustic Spackle in the Murals of the Quixotic Inseminators II, 2010

oil on canvas

80 x 75 in. (203 x 191 cm)

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A Series of Images to Replace Vague and Unsettled Feelings, 2010

oil on canvas

78 x 78 in. ( 198 x 198 cm)

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Counterwish of the Exotic, 2010

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in (213 x 152 cm)

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Elin and the Tiger, 2010

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)

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Meatballs with Wings, 2010

oil on canvas

84 x 60 in. (213 x 152 cm)

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Foot Fetish, 2010

oil on canvas

72 x 48 in. (183 x 122 cm)

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A Ghostly Emanation Coming from the End, 2010

oil on canvas

64 x 48 in. (163 x 122 cm)

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Devil, Clown, Tooth, Brown Smoke, 2010

oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Sieg Heiligere in the Abendmahl, 2010

acrylic on canvas

60 x 36 in. ( 152 x 91 cm)

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Design for a Crucifixion (Cross with Water Closet and Shower), 2010

acrylic on canvas

60 x 36 in. ( 152 x 91 cm)

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State of Exception, 2010

oil on canvas

48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm)

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Partition of the Sensible, 2010

oil on canvas

48 x 48 in. (122 x 122 cm)

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Untitled, 2010

oil and varnish on paper

24 x 19 ½ in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

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Untitled, 2010

oil and varnish on paper

24 x 19 ½ in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

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Untitled, 2010

oil and varnish on paper

24 x 19 ½ in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

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Untitled, 2010

oil and varnish on paper

24 x 19 ½ in. (61 x 49.5 cm)

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Idealized Anatomical Model, 2010

oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Counterwish of the Exotic IX (Pancreas in the Islet of Langerhans), 2010

oil on canvas

60 x 48 in. (152 x 122 cm)

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Counterwish of the Exotic, 2010

acrylic and varnish on canvas

48 x 36 in. (122 x 91 cm)

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Installation View of "An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane Illumination" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 16 - October 30, 2010

 

 

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Installation View of "An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane Illumination" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 16 - October 30, 2010

 

 

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Installation View of "An Arcane Recipe Involving Ingredients Cannibalized from the Reliquaries of Some Profane Illumination" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 16 - October 30, 2010

 

 

Works

INSTALLATION VIEWS

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Manuel Ocampo has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over twenty years, and we are very pleased to welcome him back to New York for an exhibition of new works, which marks his 60th solo show and his first in New York in four years. Born in the Philippines, Ocampo eventually moved to the United States, graduating from college in California, where he remained based for almost ten years. His first solo show, which took place in Los Angeles in 1988, set the stage for a rapid rise to international prominence. By the early 1990s, his reputation was firmly established, with inclusion in two of the most important European art events, Documenta IX (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993).

Also in the early 1990s, he participated such museum exhibitions as Individual Realities in the California Art Scene at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1991); Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1992); and Jean-Michel Basquiat & Manuel Ocampo at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (1994). He has subsequently participated in numerous museum exhibitions and biennials around the world, including the biennials of Gwangju (1997), Lyon (2000), Berlin (2001), Venice (2001) and Seville (2004).In 1994, he had his first major New York solo show, Stations of the Cross, at Annina Nosei Gallery. He is now the most internationally active contemporary artist from the Philippines. Currently based in Manila, he spends significant time working in the US and Europe, particularly Germany, Luxembourg, and France.

Ocampo is known for fearlessly tackling the taboos and cherished icons of society and of the art world itself. During the 1990s, he was noted for his bold use of a highly charged iconography that combined Catholic imagery with motifs associated with racial and political oppression, creatingworks that make powerful, often conflicted, statements about the vicissitudes of personal and group identities. His works illustrate, often quite graphically, the psychic wounds that cut deep into the body of contemporary society. They translate the visceral force of Spanish Catholic art, with its bleeding Christs and tortured saints, into our postmodern, more secular era of doubt, uncertainty, and instability.

Of late, his works have featured more mysterious yet emotionally charged motifs that evoke an inner world of haunting visions and nightmares. For his September – October 2010 exhibition at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, we see Ocampo looking back to his earlier fascination with religious symbols, which now reappear alongside some of his more personal, idiosyncratic motifs, such as teeth, bones, and fetuses. The subdued palette of greys, blacks, and whites seen in so many of these works heightens the feeling that we are looking into a nocturnal dream world, one that we can see only obscurely, as if through a veil. It is a world that invites the viewer to enter, but at his own risk, offering no comfort, but perhaps some promise of redemption.

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

The Wall Street Journal, Asian Artists Hold Solo Shows in New York

October, 2010


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Kunst und Auktionen

October, 2010


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GENERAL PRESS

The Philippine Star, Manuel Ocampo and Lani maestro Channel Rizal

February, 2017


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Artnews, Manuel Ocampo and Lani Maestro Will Represent the Philippines at the 2017 Venice Biennale

October, 2016


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National Commission for Culture and Arts, NCCA Announces PHL Representative to 2017 Venice Art Biennale

September, 2016


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Fukuoka Museum – Asia Collection 100

December, 2015


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Art Loft, Why Southeast Asian Art Now?

December, 2014


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The Guardian, Art from the Philippines showcases global influences anchored in Manila

September, 2013


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Asian Art Newspaper, Manuel Ocampo

February, 2013


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The Wall Street Journal, A Filipino Provocateur Takes On New York

December, 2012


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Artforum, Manuel Ocampo

December, 2012


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Bastards of Misrepresentation: New York Edition

October, 2012


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Art Asia Pacific, Manuel Ocampo: Never Give Up Before It’s Too Late

July, 2012


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Asia Art Archive, Interview with Manuel Ocampo

October, 2011


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Dublin Contemporary 2011, Manuel Ocampo

September, 2011


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C-Arts, Manuel Ocampo On the Threshold of the Senses

March, 2011


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Frieze, Manuel Ocampo

February, 2011


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Art concerns, Up Against Interpretation: Manuel Ocampo

November, 2010


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Vitamin P, Manuel Ocampo

2007


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Asian Art News, Cultural Clashes And Visceral Shocks

July, 2006


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Art in America, Manuel Ocampo

June, 2003


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At Home & Abroad: 20 Contemporary Filipino Artists

1998


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Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art

1994


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Flash Art, Manuel Ocampo

May, 1994


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The Seattle Times, Manuel Ocampo Rides The Arts Roller Coaster

February, 1994


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