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Northern Filipino tales on a postcard

Like postcards conveying thoughts, John Frank Sabado's art is his take on the tension between nature and progress

Published on May 12, 2014 2:09 PM
 
Artist Sabado. -- PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

The fast-fading practice of sending postcards is revived by Filipino artist John Frank Sabado in his new solo show, Northern Postcards.

His 11 monochromatic drawings, rendered in fine detail using ball pen and ink, do not, however, come in sizes that are mailbox-friendly.

The smallest work measures almost 80cm in length and some stretch as long as 1.8m.

In spirit, though, his drawings are not unlike postcards, a concise method of communicating deeply personal thoughts and emotions.

 
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“The images are very strong but... it can get very tedious. I wanted to challenge my inner being and soul.”

Artist Sabado on working with larger pieces and doing so in monochrome


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NORTHERN POSTCARDS

Where: The Drawing Room, 5 Lock Road, 01-06 Gillman Barracks

When: Till June 8, 11am to 7pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 11am to 6pm (Sunday), closed on Monday

Admission: Free