Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to welcome back Manuel Ocampo for his second solo exhibition with the gallery, taking place from November 8 – December 22, 2012.
Known for fearlessly tackling the taboos and cherished icons of society and of the art world itself, Ocampo has been a vital presence on the international art scene for over twenty years. Based in California in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ocampo had his first solo show in Los Angeles in 1988 and was included in the landmark exhibition Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s, organized by Paul Schimmel at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 1992. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of that exhibition, which is perhaps alluded to in Ocampo’s title for his upcoming New York show: The View Through the Bull of a Manual Laborer of Menagerie Gussied Over White Ground: 20 Years of Self-Loathing and Intestinal Mishaps.
This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Asia Pacific Triennial (taking place in Brisbane, Australia from December 8, 2012 – April 14, 2013), for which Ocampo will present an installation of paintings that reflect on the evolution of his artistic practice over the past twenty years. Ocampo is currently based in Manila, in his native Philippines, but spends significant time working in the United States and Europe, particularly Germany, Luxembourg, and France.
Concurrently with his gallery show, Ocampo is curating a group exhibition of Manila-based artists, entitled Bastards of Misrepresentation, taking place at several New York venues, including the Queens Museum, NYU, TOPAZ Arts, and Crossing Art. The exhibition has evolved from a show of the same title which Ocampo curated at Berlin’s Freies Museum in the fall of 2010. A catalogue will accompany this exhibition, and a dynamic program of events has been scheduled, including a gallery talk with Ocampo on Saturday, November 10 (from 3 to 6 pm) at Tyler Rollins Fine Art.
Ocampo’s reputation was firmly established in the early 1990s, with inclusion in two of the most important European art events, Documenta IX (1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993).
In addition to Helter Skelter, he participated several international museum exhibitions at that time, including Individual Realities in the California Art Scene at the Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (1991), 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, his second showing there) and Seville (2004).