Jam Acuzar
Curated Selection

Jam Acuzar

Creating Synergies

In 2013, Jam Acuzar founded Bellas Artes Projects space within Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, a heritage destination in the Philippines made up of Spanish colonial-era buildings transplanted from the surrounding Bataan province.

Comprising a residency programme and exhibition space, international artists have participated, often collaborating with local communities, and Acuzar often takes a proactive role in working with them. Korakrit Arunanondchai, Josh Kline, Paul Pfeiffer, and Rana Begum are just a few names from the past exhibitions roster.

Having paused the foundation's activities due to Covid-19, Acuzar recently moved to Tokyo with her husband and son, presenting an exciting opportunity to discover an art scene relatively unknown to her.

While the lockdown restrictions and language barrier have disrupted the ease with which she normally meets artists and curators, Acuzar insists that there is potential in Tokyo. 'There is huge demand for commercial artists, and so many savvy collectors, who just don't really know where to start,' she notes.

This desire to look outside of the mainstream is reflected in Acuzar's selections below, which includes a diverse range of international artists working across multiple mediums.

Among them, Marco A. Castillo's wall-based sculpture immediately struck a chord due to the artist's transformation of Spanish colonial-era rattan into geometric abstract forms. 'I'm feeling nostalgic about home and the materials resonate with me due to their Hispanic sensibilities,' she reveals.

We move on to discuss the work of Jannis Kounellis. 'There is an amazing sense of language present in his work and such beautiful gestures. For example, how he just tilts the hanging canvas in Senza titolo. This reminds me of laundry hanging in Italy. It becomes a moment frozen in time.'

Haegue Yang is another favourite. 'I would love to have this in my home,' she says. 'The way that she plays with sculpture and the performative aspect of how objects interact with each other is so enjoyable.'

A synergy of forms is reflected in Nairy Baghramian's sculpture incorporating wood from Danh Vo's McNamara project, also. 'I love imagining the two of them in dialogue,' Acuzar remarks.

As someone who not only brings together artists from all around the world but also grew up in a richly diverse community, the idea of cultural exchange lies at the heart of Acuzar's collecting ideals, underlined by the optimistic belief in the power art to bring people together.

Main image: Courtesy Jam Acuzar.


WORKS

Self-reflecting by Wang Lijun contemporary artwork sculpture
Wang Lijun Self-reflecting, 2021 Camphorwood, plywood, steel wire rope
231 x 182 x 60 cm
Beijing Commune
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TIKAR/MEJA 50 by Yee I-Lann contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Yee I-Lann TIKAR/MEJA 50, 2018-2019 Bajau Sama DiLaut Pandanus weave with commercial chemical dye and matt sealant
95 x 122 cm
SILVERLENS
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TBC - small grids by Mandy El-Sayegh contemporary artwork mixed media
Mandy El-Sayegh TBC - small grids, 2019 Oil and mixed media on linen, artist steel frame
143 x 119 cm
Lehmann Maupin
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En Alto by Johanna Calle contemporary artwork works on paper
Johanna Calle En Alto, 2019 Thread on antique paper
11.5 x 22 cm
Galerie Krinzinger
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Misfits K by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Misfits K, 2021 Varnished cast aluminium, walnut wood from Danh Vo's McNamara project, C-print in artist frame
Marian Goodman Gallery
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Misfits Z by Nairy Baghramian contemporary artwork sculpture
Nairy Baghramian Misfits Z, 2021 Varnished cast aluminium, walnut wood from Danh Vo's McNamara project, marble, C-print in artist frame
Marian Goodman Gallery
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The only thing that one can do after having seen a canvas like ours is total revolution by Hank Willis Thomas contemporary artwork textile
Hank Willis Thomas The only thing that one can do after having seen a canvas like ours is total revolution, 2019 Quilt made out of decommissioned prison uniforms
226.1 x 226.1 cm
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Goodman Gallery
Untitled (Coffee) by Jannis Kounellis contemporary artwork mixed media
Jannis Kounellis Untitled (Coffee), 1989-1991 Etching, coffee beans and engraved lead
25.62 x 17.88 x 2.88 inches
Cheim & Read
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Tickle the Sketch by Thea Djordjadze contemporary artwork installation
Thea Djordjadze Tickle the Sketch, 2012 Carpet, steel, lacquer
Sprüth Magers
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Beltrán # 03 by Marco A. Castillo contemporary artwork sculpture
Marco A. Castillo Beltrán # 03, 2021 Mahogany and wicker
155 x 208 x 12 cm
Galeria Nara Roesler
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