Francis Calimlim

San Francisco based artist Francis Calimlim was born in Quezon City, Philippines and was raised in San Diego, California. He has participated in a number of group shows in San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. He received his BFA in Multimedia at San Diego State University in 2011, and his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute."

http://www.franciscalimlimart.com/

“A Lala”

 

Exhibition statement

 

Two reaching hands and a word are drawn with graphite on paper. The graphite drawings are transferred from the paper and onto the wall using the packaging tape. The candles are nailed into the wall, and are lit. The wax from the candles will melt onto the candle or bowl below it. After the exhibition, the candles might be thrown away, and the tape-transferred drawings will be peeled off the wall to be definitely thrown away. The nails will be removed and the holes spackled over. Finally, the wall will be painted over and primed with white – back to the way it was – before two reaching hands and a word were drawn with graphite on paper, and were transferred from the paper and onto the wall using packaging tape; before the candles were nailed into the wall, and before they were lit; before the wax from the candles melted onto the candle or bowl below it. After the exhibition, after the candles may have been kept, and after the tape-transferred drawings were carefully peeled and stored, and the nails were hammered through the wall and the holes became craters, the wall remained how it will be, compared to the way it was, painted over, prime and white.

 

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Statement

 

I collaborate with the process of making things.


Reoccurrences in my work are ideas of dismemberment, distancing, exhaustion, and nostalgia, although I always presume I project connectedness, bridging, replenishing, and hope for the future.