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August 17, 2010


Green Papaya Art Projects had its closing reception last Aug. 14 for artists Ferdz Valencia and Vic Balanon’s “The Crocogator.” Held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 6pm to 12 midnight (bar hours), Ferdz Valencia and Vic Balanon created a spatio-temporal imprint called The Crocogator with paints, wood scraps and found objects.

The Crogator is a first in a series of on-site project The Ephemera of Disposable Goods for Green Papaya Art Projects. From July to December 2010, Green Papaya Art Projects will observe the Philippines’ typhoon months with a series of collaborations between two artists of similar or dissimilar genres investigating social sculptural projects based on context of time/place, relational works and encounters.

The Ephemera of Disposable Goods, a program of current curator-in-resident Lian Ladia, aims to make available to featured artists Green Papaya’s space and bar hours (Wednesday-Friday-Saturday from 6pm to 12 midnight) as an open studio facility where artists and public can engage in discussions and debates as the artists go through their process of constructions and deconstructions every session. Remnants of the day’s work will remain on view at the shop window (when the space is closed)leading to a documentary installation at the end of each project.

About the artists and resident-curator
Ferdz Valencia designs and builds sculptures and installations out of wood, metal and found objects which are inspired by street and urban landscapes showing them to artspaces and galleries here and abroad. He also makes graphics for shirts, posters, zines, skateboards and skate shop walls. Recently he made artworks for a Japanese death metal label. He made an animated short film and has illustrated and self-published a 4-issue comic anthology. He currently lives in Quezon City with his wife and two adorable daughters.

Victor Balanon first studied Dental Medicine and left school choosing to pursue and develop his interest in art. A self-taught artist, he has worked as an illustrator for films, independent comics and underground punk labels. He later studied film and animation at the Mowelfund Film Institute. During this time he created a self-published comic-book anthology and started working on his serialized pen and ink drawings. Since then Vic has exhibited in several galleries both local and international. He currently lives and works in Quezon City with his wife and two kids.

Lian Ladia took Philosophy in DLSU Manila focusing on German Existentialism before studying Photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. She co-founded the Filipino American art collective Kwatro-Kantos and organized shows in San Francisco, Oakland and Manila. She was a curatorial intern at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a cutting edge contemporary art space in San Francisco, CA, then became curatorial associate at Joyce Gordon Gallery. Currently she is the assistant art director at Galleria Duemila and resident curator at Green Papaya Art Projects.

Open Call
For more information about The Ephemera of Disposable Goods please contact Lian Ladia at, or call 09993811217.