Buen CALUBAYAN investigates the mechanisms of world-making and the techniques of perception—of what happens in-between the self and the world in terms of mediation, image-making, and the production of devices that enables such operations. In art history through landscape painting, picturing of nature and of the world around us is skillfully employed with the renaissance technique of linear perspective. He took as entry point this diagrammatic approach in reading 19th century colonial paintings in the Philippines to plot the coordinates of a specific regional context within what was becoming the broader “art world.” The method involves the rethinking of the notions of the horizon, the vanishing point, and grounding as well as the mechanisms that make it visible such as framing, archiving, historiography, and accessibility.
Buen CALUBAYAN, born in 1980, mostly works out of Manila in the Philippines. He majored in Cultural Heritage Studies at the University of Santo Tomas, and worked as a preservation assistant at UST Art Museum from 2002 to 2006, and then at the National Museum of the Philippines from 2010 to 2013. Meanwhile, from 2008 to 2018, he took part in a number of residency programs in Japan, Australia, and Singapore. He exhibited his work in numerous group exhibitions at various locations including the Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines, Gwangju Museum of Art in Korea, and Arario Gallery Shanghai, while offering 12 solo exhibitions since 2007.