Transient Objects and Social Constructions: Art by Paul de Guzman
Artist Paul de Guzman works both in Vancouver and Manila, creating works of mixed media and installation that speak to transient objects and social constructions. Paul’s works often incorporate a variety of different image styles, and pieces of text.
Some of Paul’s most recent works took the form of two-dimensional images that were installed like advertisements on bus shelters around Vancouver. Designed as a commission for the City of Vancouver Cultural Services Public Art Program, these images look like book cover, even naming Paul as editor, yet serve solely as visual reference points. Each poster incorporates two images – one of the rocks and detritus on Vancouver’s shores, and the other of a Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock print. The differences and similarities between the two images encourages the viewer to take time to contemplate the true meaning of “coastal city.”
Paul frequently references architecture in his practice. I especially enjoy his indoor installations that combine the aesthetics of a three-dimensional construction and a two dimensional image of the same.