Why do you take and create images?
I like capturing things that appeal to me, and going back to them to remind myself of the feeling I felt at that instant, even if I do not initially understand why I was drawn to it at that moment.
How do you define your photographic/artistic body of work? What subjects do you often explore in your work?
The simplest answer to that would be as a visual diary, as I’m quite forgetful－so much so that a lot of images get buried in the photo library, which I forget to get back to. Almost anything and everything－shadows, patterns, people, shapes.
What motivates your work?
My work is reactionary and instinctive, so it’s a natural response to whatever I perceive to be as stimuli.
What relationship does your work have with reality?
I guess it speaks mostly about my own reality and existence.
For you, what is the purpose of art?
Art gives my life meaning, so what to do? LOL!
How do you want the public to respond to your work? Do you have a particular audience in mind?
Any reaction would be ok; and no, the audience does not figure in the creative process.
What is your training? Were you trained as a photographer?
I finished dentistry in school but I never liked it, nor practiced. No, which is maybe why I like to use the cellphone camera.
How do you define your actual professional situation? What are your expectations?
I am a full-time visual artist just getting by, with no expectations－I just want to be able to live and not merely survive.
It’s hard to live off art. Does this affect you and your work?
Sometimes it does get difficult especially when it’s money-related stress (which is the toughest for me to handle) and you have to pay bills and rent. It also is a challenge to produce work, which is why I have a lot of unproduced photos. What I do is shift mediums to that which would allow me to create at that moment with what I have available that I don’t need to buy.
Have you worked with gallerists, curators, institutions and other art professionals? Can you discuss more about this particular relationship?
Yes, I have worked with all of the above, but I’ve actually been getting disillusioned with the gallery scene, given the high percentage cuts which makes it more difficult to live. Another thing is the question of transparency and honesty with some gallery owners.
Curators I like, as I get an insight into my own work, and in the process makes me understand why I do what I do.
In your opinion, what is the current state of contemporary photography in the Philippines?
There still isn’t a big appreciation for works on paper in the Philippines, and more so for photography.
How do you want contemporary photography to develop in the Philippines?
I would like for it to be at par with the other mediums like paintings on canvas and not be perceived as a lesser art form.
Name: Jun-Jun Catral Sta.Ana
Location: Lives and works in Manila, Philippines
Degree in Dentistry
Awards and Recognition:
Shortlisted: Chicago Transit Authority Public Art Competition for the Fullerton Station of The Brown Line Train 2008
Shortlisted: 1st Ateneo Contemporary Art Awards 2003
“Identity & Perception”. Artist’s Talk, Oct 12, 2012. Asian American/Asian Research Institute of CUNY, New York.
ABungalow Artist Residency through Kapitana Gallery, Talisay City, Negros Occidental
Avellana Art Gallery Tower 4 Artist Residency, SIlay City, Negros Occidental 2011
2018: “Sweet Decay”. Kapitana Gallery, Silay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
2017: “Monologue”. The Drawing Room Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2016: “HAGIOGRAPHY”. Art Informal Gallery, Greenhills, Manila, Philippines
2013: “Autobiography”. NOVA Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2011: “IDentity 1”. Negros Museum of Art, Bacolod City, Philippines
2011: “IDentity 2”. Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2010: “Bulong From Within: Motifs, Invocations and Incantations”. Center On Halsted, Chicago, IL. USA
2006: “Lar(a)uan”: Unconventional Portrait Show. Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2005: “Recent Works On Plastic”. Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2005: “Untitled”. Eastwind Bookstore,Westwood, CA, USA
2004: “Untitled”. “O” Gallery, Silverlake, California, USA
2003: “Bulong: Morphed Anatomy & Incantation” Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2018: “TIRADA: 50 Years of Philippine Printmaking”. Cultural Center of the Philippines
2017: “Nature/ Nurture”. Association of PinoyPrintmakers. Cultural Center of the Philippines
2017: “Pineapple Lab x Team Mag Pop-Up”. Pineapple Lab, Makati City, Philippines
2016: “Papers and Layers”. Association of Pinoyprintmakers, The Cultural Center of the Phillipines.
2016: “Perya”. Vargas Museum, University of the Philippines
2016: “Base Camp Maximus X Tin-aw”. Mandaluyong City, Philippines
2016: “Pride Night”. Pineapple Lab, Makati City, Philippines
2015: “AND”. The University of Tennesee, Knoxville; The University of Wisconsin, Madison;
2015: “AND”. The University of Iowa, USA
2015: “CHROMATEXT REBOOTED”. The Cultural Center of the Philippines
2015: “Territories”. The Cultural Center of the Philippines
2015: “Time Lapse”. Tin-Aw Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2015: “FOUND”. (2-Person show). The Cultural Center of the Philippines.
2015: “SCRATCHED”. Kapitana Gallery, Talisay City, Negros Occ., Philippines
2014: “Kandinsky”. J. Studio, Veterans Center, Taguig City, Philippines
2014: Philippine Association of Printmakers’ Group Show. German Center, Makati City
2014: “Not Yet Titled”. Art Informal Gallery, Greenhills, Philippines
2014: “Mix Hang”. Drawing Room Gallery, Singapore
2013: “North Light”. BenCab Museum, Baguio City, Philippines
2012: “Positive Reinforcement”. Peanut Gallery, Chicago, IL. USA
2012: “New Media Festival”. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, CA, USA
2012: “Mail Art”. 1951 Café, Manila Philippines
2012: “Genesis 2013”. Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL. USA
2012: “Chicago Artists’ Month Group Show”. Frankenstone Art Center, Chicago, IL. USA
2011: “iImage: The Uncommon Portrait”. Portsmouth Museum of Art, NH, USA
2011: “Coming Together in Skokie”. Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL. USA
2011: “The Drawing Show”. Avellana Art Gallery, Philippines
2011: “New & Improved 3”. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA USA
2011: “2011 Self-Portrait Exhibition”. 33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL. USA
2011: “Regalo”. Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2010: “Art Cabinet Group Show”. Picasso Residences Makati, Philippines
2010: “In Bloom”. Jackson Junge Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2010: “2010 Chicago Art Open”. River East Art Center, Chicago, IL USA
2010: “New American Landscape”. Los Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL USA (Group show of featured artists in New American Landscape book).
2010: “Curator’s Choice Part 2”. Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL USA
2010: “The Filipino as Artist in Chicago”. Philippine Consulate Chicago, IL. USA
2010: “Concatenation”. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, CA USA
2010: “Mail Art”. Capitana Gallery, Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
2010: “Resilience”. Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL. USA
2009: “Flow Magazine Featured Artists Show”. Silverlens Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
2009: “Asian Inspiration”. Little Black Pearl Art Center, Chicago, IL. USA
2009: “Avellana Art Gallery Anniversary Show”.Pasay City, Philippines
2009: “21 In A Million Part 2”. River East Arts Center, Chicago, IL. USA
2009: “Cut & Paste”, (3-Person Show). Coalition Gallery, Chicago, IL. USA
2009: “New & Improved 2”. L.A. Center For Digital Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2009: “Viewpoint”. Center On Halsted, Chicago, IL. USA
2008: “Connected Unconscious”. Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2008: “Illuminators”. Koltsovo Airport, Yekaterinburg, Russia
2008: “New & Improved”. LA Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
2008: “Chicago Art Open 2008”. Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL, USA
2008: “8 FACES”. Avellana Art Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2008: “Liturgical & Sacred Art Exhibition 2008”. Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL
2008: “8x8x8”. Avellana Art Gallery,Pasay City, Philippines
2008: “BEHIV Emerging Energy”. The Center on Halsted, Chicago, IL. USA
2008: “DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival”. Brooklyn Art Project, New York USA
2008: “Returns”. Get Knifed Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
2007: Art Futura 2007: “Innovation”. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL USA
2007: “Containment”. Art Gecko, LTD., Oak Park, IL, USA
2006: “Passion & Fusion”. a-11 Gallery, Pasay City, Philippines
2005: “Wahana Project Exhibition”. Vargas Museum, University Of The Philippines
2005: “Top 40”. Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
2005: “L.A. Art Fest 2005”. Los Angeles, CA, USA
2005: Untitled. Rosetta Stone Gallery. Los Feliz, CA, USA
2003: “Black & White”. Intercontinental Hotel, Makati, Philippines
Publications, Interviews and Features:
Team Mag Issue 7. 2017. Page 78 and 79.
The Business Mirror Newspaper feature on the artist, July 26, 2016, Life Section.
CCP group exhibition “Papers and Layers”. Association of PinoyPrintmakers.
CCP Tumblr on 2-person “Found” Show.
Design Anthology (Hong Kong), Issue No. 6, 2015, pages 87 & 89.
Elle Decoration Magazine 2015, with A-11 Gallery
City University of New York CUNY Forum, Fall 2013 Issue. Pages XIV, 25, 95 & 105.
Contemporary Art Philippines Magazine feature on “North Light” exhibition at the BenCab Museum. October Issue, 2013.
Heygarch.com Show Review
The Manila Standard. Feature on Artist. August 11, 2013.
DNAinfo.com- Fat Rice Restaurant, Chicago, IL.
T(OUR) Magazine, January 2013 Issue, Feature on Chicago Portrait Series.
Philippine American Writers and Artists Blog
Blackout Magazine Feature, Oct 2012
Museé Magazine 2012, Issue No. 3, Page 205
Adanna Journal, Issue 2, 2012- Book Cover Art.
“Eve Asks”. Poetry by Christine Redman- Waldeyer, Book Cover Art.
Brooklyn Art Project Quarterly # 1
TAYO Literary Magazine Issue Three 2011
Malaya Newspaper. Dec. 16, 2011 Issue, Living Section. Page D-2
The Philippine Star Newspaper. November 28, 2011 Issue, Lifestyle Section. Page K-2
7Th Annual National Self Portrait Exhibition Catalogue 2011
TAYO Magazine – Issue two/ 2010