Published September 16, 2020
In Argie Bandoy's 2016 exhibition, "A Discourse on Bad Taste and Guilty Pleasure," he put to pen years of experience to make sense of his own oeuvre. Here's a selection:
- Painting is brash and brute and dirty and this is its sensuous appeal.
- A painter is a delusional being. He is in his own world.
- Repulsive is better than playing nice.
- Bad humor is always the best. Black humor sarcastically makes the point.
Such pronouncements go against an easy sales formula and resonates with the idea that bad painting seems the sincerest effort of them all. His deliberate inept, garish, and unsophisticated handing of paint and the use of ready made repeatable symbols mark the dead end of humanity's efforts toward utopias. The swaztika, the skull, the brick wall, zombies, and forms that mimic and mock the forms and splatters of paint and abstraction are tombstones to art. More than amateurish abstractions and nihilistic symbols to merely fill up a canvas, Bandoy's paintings celebrate the undeath of painting, a dead being that creeps on living with an inexplicable drive, a laughing skull.
Argie Bandoy is a Filipino contemporary artist and painter whose garish and deadpan abstractions and figurations continue to challenge the norm. Bandoy’s raw and free-spirited attitude owe its roots to the underground music scene and movement; with experimentation, Punk New Wave, Americana hardcore, surf trash, garage and new age philosophy as influences.
Bandoy is a recipient of an artist residency at Big Sky Mind Artists Project Foundation (2004-2005) and TARP, TAKSU KL, Malaysia (Jan-March 2011). Bandoy has participated in several group shows including Freies Museum Berlin, Germany; TATE Modern London, UK; Green Papaya Art Projects, Manila, Philippines; MOP Gallery 1 Sydney, Australia; National Museum, Philippines; Cultural Center of the Philippines; and Hong Kong Cultural Center among others. He had collaborated with critically acclaimed Filipino-American painter Manuel Ocampo for an exhibition at Green Papaya Art Projects entitled ‘Problem with Styles’ (2008). Since 2004 to date, Bandoy has mounted several solo exhibitions.