Santos III, Jose b.1970 / Higher Ground3
about this work
The sculpture titled 'Higher Ground3' is made up of boxes of varying shapes and sizes encased in fabric and then dipped in resin. On one level they are an inquiry into human perception - the works are intended to be navigated close-up and touched, creating a sense of surprise when viewers’ fingers meet with the unexpected hardness of the resinated fabric, inconsistent with the soft folds they appear to have from a distance. The stacking of these wrapped objects in a“totem” form, cutting a distinct vertical figure, references how an individual can be defined by their possessions, or things that they use and collect.

The subject matter of this body of work consists of objects that routinely go unnoticed because of their ordinariness. They are things of the everyday; things that have been thrown away; things that we know very well - that we know inside out. It is for this precise reason that they have been chosen. Our perception of these objects is colored by the value (or lack thereof) we have given them. Through representation and re-presentation of these objects in paintings, installations and as sculptures, a heightened awareness of these everyday things is experienced, imbuing them with expanded meaning and new associations. A renewed appreciation for the unimportant is evoked – the trivial that otherwise goes hidden from our view.

Jose Santos III (b.1970, Philippines)

Higher Ground3, 2014

Resinated fabric and boxes
274.32 x 40.64 x 40.64 cm.
108 x 16 x 16 in.
Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong Current Location:
Hong Kong - Helutrans S SculptureSouth Asia


Art Stage Singapore: Tiroche DeLeon Selling Exhibition
Art Stage Singapore
01/25/2018 - 01/28/2018

2hide: José Santos III
Pearl Lam Galleries Singapore
11/22/2014 - 01/08/2015


ART STAGE Singapore 2018 Innovates Art Fair Concept
BLOUIN ARTINFO (Online), January 24 2018
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Cocoy Lumbau , WASAK! Filipino Art Today
Distanz (Catalogue), December 2015, pp. 156

17 Questions for Filipino Artist José Santos III
BlouinArtInfo (Online), 11/11/14
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Michele Chan, Hide and seek: Filipino artist José Santos III illuminates the ordinary – in pictures
Art Radar (Online), 28/11/14
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Emily Nathan, Ambiguity and Contradiction in New Relief Works by José Santos III
ARTSY EDITORIAL (Online), 28/11/14
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