My first artist feature is of graffiti artist, Jose Gabriel Naguiat, alias DRONE.
I was impressed by his graffiti work, which I first saw near the University of Philippines Dillman campus, which is where myself and others on my study abroad were staying.
I asked DRONE about his work, his art’s audience, and how it is received in the community. Here were his responses:
It’s good to know there are foreigners interested in documenting and featuring local artists here in the Philippines, especially in street art. We don’t have much support for it from the government and our works end up getting covered with so called “MMDA Art”, which most of us find stale and uninspiring.
I’ve been practicing graffiti through my alias “DRONE” since 2006. Coming back from a trip abroad, I had seen art on the streets that I had not seen on the streets of Manila. This got me interested and opened up my eye for noticing good graffiti spots on the street or seeing tags coming up on walls.
Back then, there weren’t too many of us doing graffiti. It was mostly gang related tagging or random scribbles on walls. Me and a friend of mine started doing it ourselves and slowly we started noticing other graffiti writers. The community of artists who do work on the street has been growing in the past years and it’s interesting to see where it’s going.
Art to me is right now is a means of exploration and discovery. Discovery of one’s environment and self through an act of creation and expression. It is also a way for me to refill or reenergize myself from the cumulative toxicity that we experience in our everyday lives. I try to do some form of art or creation everyday and it has led me to meet a lot of interesting people and opportunities.
Website of his work is here: http://jgnaguiat.com/
If you would like to get in contact with him, email email@example.com
The introduction to my project of documenting the art scene in the Philippines. I am currently a University of Washington student from South King County in Washington State, double majoring in Law, Societies and Justice and Comparative History of Ideas, in my final year.
The basis of this project comes from my passion as an Artivist (artist and activist), storyteller, aspiring art educator and community organizer and leader. I will compose a documentary, collection of photographs and written interviews in the form of a blog and slideshow.
Filmed by: Cristian Soraida Ramos
Hey y’all! Check out the work that I’ve been doing in the Philippines on my study abroad… Here’s my Wordpress site: