Paul de Guzman is a conceptual artist based between Manila, in the Philippines, and Vancouver, Canada. In his artistic practice, Paul uses various materials and aesthetics to explore social and cultural constructs including language, architecture, and media.
I’m really interested in Paul’s recent series When Fiction Follows Fact. The works in this series take the form of newspaper pages from the Canada’s The Globe and Mail that have been painted over and edited to omit names of people and places in articles. The images surrounding the articles have also been covered up with black planes and abstract geometric shapes. The resulting works are both disturbing in their sense of redacting important information, and somehow playful in their use of bright colours and shapes.
This tension between play and deeply serious subject matter comes up frequently throughout Paul’s portfolio. In our previous feature of Paul’s works with transient objects and social constructions, we saw the way that Paul often merges artistic concepts with the framing and aesthetics of advertising, making for a fascinatingly disjointed experience.