Chabet in Three and Four Dimensions is a forum held in conjunction with the series of four exhibitions centred on pioneering Filipino artist Roberto Chabet, presented by the Osage Art Foundation and the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore.
Please join us as exhibition curators Gary-Ross Pastrana, Ringo Bunoan and Isabel Ching discuss the different dimensions of Chabet's art practice, and Bangkok curator Ark Fongsmut adds his perspective on conceptual art practices in Thailand. Hong Kong-based writer and critic John Batten will act as respondent, and Charles Merewether and Lee Weng Choy will moderate the session and following discussion.
Since his first exhibition in 1961, Chabet has been instrumental in establishing the foundations for contemporary practice in the Philippines. His works, ranging from painting, drawing, collage, sculpture to installation, resist easy categorisation. Using mostly ordinary and found material, he takes an inclusive approach to art, searching for the sublime not just in abstract ideas but also in the immediacy of the quotidian and the commonplace.
The four exhibitions, “To Be Continued”, “Intermediate Geography” and “Complete & Unabridged, Parts I and II”, feature Chabet and 80 contemporary artists from the Philippines, all of whom studied with or were mentored by him at the University of the Philippines, College of Fine Arts, or at key artist-run spaces in Manila.