Gary-Ross Pastrana is
a prominent conceptual artist also engaged in curatorial practice. He is both committed to and resisting of the object and its attachments, dissecting it into units then reconstituting them into a similar entity but existing on another register. A seminal work, Collapsible Stream, has been reassembled in various times and locations including Singapore and Hong Kong in the past years. First conceived for the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea, Pastrana airmailed a boat from Japan during his artist residency to Korea by cutting it up into pieces, with instructions to reconstruct it on-site. He is also known for his sculptural installations
and collages which gave a nod to his contemporary art history influences - from Duchamp to Rothko, from Man Ray to Felix Gonzalez Torres. Pastrana's sparse, minimal works have been described as visual haikus. Retaining a strong poetic sensibility, they reveal the metaphysical substance of things while transforming the properties of material. From working in a design workshop in the day, he draws connections between modes of thinking, design and art-making in recent work. Pastrana graduated from the University of the Philippines, Fine Arts, in 2001. He is a recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artists Award in 2006 and co-founder of Future Prospects, an artist-run space, in 2005. Recent participations of note include Thrice Upon a Time, Singapore Art Museum, 2009; Aichi Triennial
in Japan, 2010; and The Ungovernables, New Museum, New York, 2012.