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Bed Rock


Patrick Cruz


January 19th to February 18th, 2018


“The greater the freedom with which people can move suggests a higher level of privilege and power. In chess, ranking is embodied between the piece’s ability to influence and occupy space. Considered to be of lowest value, pawns begin on the second rank like a chain link frontispiece bearing a limited amount of capability — moving forward and capturing pieces diagonally. Fortunately, through careful positioning, the marginalization of a pawn can transcend itself once it reaches the other end of the board, climbing the hierarchal ladder to be promoted to a minor or major piece. Comparable to immigrants; pawns begin among other pawns, traversing time and space in a geopolitical landscape marching towards a goal of betterment.”


The word kinetic means relating to motion. Since the early twentieth century artists have been incorporating movement into art. This has been partly to explore the possibilities of movement, partly to introduce the element of time, partly to reflect the importance of the machine and technology in the modern world and partly to explore the nature of vision.


From Ancient Greek κινητικός (kinētikós, “one who puts in motion”), from κινέω (kinéō, “I move, put in motion”)


Circulation, flow, blood, goods, body, system, frame, local, global, bilingual, modernity, post-modernity, anachronism, time travel, colonial time, layers, stone age, prehistoric, fuel, fossil, diesel, cars, fast, motion, fast food, speed, 4k, 8k, wide screen, high definition, high, really high, cloud tech, 21st century drugs, dopamine, like, like, like, junk mail, spam, canned spam, mechanically separated, World War 2, 3, 4 & 5. Nuclear age to the stone age. A to ZZZ.


Flintstones. Meet the Flintstones.

They're the modern stone age family.

From the town of Bedrock,

They're a page right out of history.


Let's ride with the family down the street.

Through the courtesy of Fred's two feet.


When you're with the Flintstones

Have a yabba dabba doo time.

A dabba doo time.

We'll have a gay old time.


Patrick Cruz (b. 1987, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Toronto and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA at the University of Guelph. Driven by folk sentiment, his multi-disciplinary practise is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, bio-politics and the paradoxical effects of globalization.


Through his exuberant maximalist oeuvre, Cruz construes the notion of ornament, layering and excess as a strategy of re-enchantment and destabilization. Cruz is the founder of the Kamias Triennial in Quezon City, Philippines; an educational weeklong event that serves as a platform for cross-cultural exchange. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition.