Not many fashion photographers get to see their pictures become part of the pop-cultural mainstream. The cover the German photographer Horst Diekgerdes created for the Britpop band Pulp’s album This Is Hardcore was that rare stroke of genius: under the guidance of the legendary art director Peter Saville, Diekgerdes captured a young woman—she might well be a porn star—in a sexually explicit pose. The album became a smash hit.
Each artist is featured with color plates of six to eight recent works as well as a portrait and a brief introduction to his or her concepts and techniques. An essay by the art critic and filmmaker Cocoy Lumbao lays the foundation for a discussion of the state of the arts in the Philippines and its relation to tradition, religion, film noir, pop imagery, contemporary urban culture, and the cultural clashes between these influences. Rounded out by exhibition histories and bibliographies for each artist, this book is an indispensable companion to contemporary Filipino art.
The artist has worked with a wide range of materials including aluminum, synthetics, rubber, and, most recently, a venerable staple of sculpture: bronze. More often than not, her own body, or parts of it, are part of the creative process as well. Yet however different Maurer’s sculptures, drawings, watercolors, photographs, installations, performances, and video projections may be, space is a constant point of reference in her work—space as familiar terrain as well as regions yet to be explored: open, undefined, precarious passages play a crucial role in her art.