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99% by Gary-Ross Pastrana


Wed Jun 11 2014, 12:00pm–7:00pm
Thu Jun 12 2014, 12:00pm–7:00pm
Fri Jun 13 2014, 12:00pm–7:00pm
Sat Jun 14 2014, 12:00pm–7:00pm
Sun Jun 15 2014, 12:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Rd, Bukit Merah, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: samyjx

Artist Talk: 5:00pm
Opening Reception: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

In its ascent from data to symbol, from figure to image, is the representation of something that is almost whole. It is a picture of fullness that is not quite there yet. It takes its observers across the hard line between completion and the stubborn remainder—the exemption that will not fall into everyone’s expected category. It is either a deceptive portrait of strength that lies in numbers, or a stark reminder of doubt that resonates from the immovable 1%.

In Gary-Ross Pastrana’s art of incessantly breaking down objects by quantifying them against their equivalents: through measure—in volume or time intervals, through value—monetary or historical, he continues to re-create entities and occurrences by transforming them into what can be construed as their equivalent substances that can either be as concrete as matter or mineral, or as abstract as music or language. By acquiring a piece of wreckage or an unusable article such as a broken-down car, he stretches out the idea of wholeness and the prevailing essence of what can be understood as a lost asset, a thing removed from its ordinary function as perceived by the majority of society, to turn it into art within its own set of valuation.

Through this approach, Pastrana’s belief lies in his statement that “all objects are in fact, provisional …their identity, materiality, image, and usage, all depend on a mass consensus which in itself is a construct.” It is therefore, the approval that we bestow an object to become this certain object instead of that is what Pastrana has placed under questioning. It echoes the same cry of assimilation when movements by society’s underprivileged made the claim that “we are the 99%,” and bared the stark realization that the world might be built the wrong way, and that perception, truth, value, data, and all other measurements that define an entity rest on the fragile notions of wholeness and the ruling order. In the world of art and objects, Gary-Ross Pastrana uses the same dogged methods of percentiles and extraction to reconfigure certain realities, and becomes a transformative agent for the world we have grown accustomed to.