Gary-Ross Pastrana’s art has been one of the most persistent in terms of combining concepts with objects. His conceptual pieces, although loaded with poetic intensity, remain unobtrusively subtle and even somewhat quaint in their appearance. Coiled or folded photographs, his woven tales from found pictures in the internet, the sawn-off parts of a boat shipped to another gallery, his shirt tied into a pole to commensurate aflag. These are the slightest of turns Gary-Ross has his objects make to create a new text within.
Born in 1977 in Manila, he received his Bachelor’s degree in painting from the University of the Philippines and was subsequently presented with the Dominador Castaneda Award for Best Thesis, and granted residency programmes in Japan and Bangkok. Pastrana, was also a recipient of the Thirteen Artists Award in 2006, and participated in Pulse New York and Pulse Miami in 2011 and 2010 respectively. He was also the Philippines representative for the New Museum, New York’s 2012 Triennial ‘The Ungovernables.’ He is one of the co-founders of Future Prospects Art Space in Cubao, Philippines and has regularly curated for shows both there and abroad.