Ralph Pugay
Vanishing Totalities
March 24 - April 14, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, March 24, 7pm - 10pm

Ralph Pugay creates humorous visual propositions that are rooted in the investigation of anxiety, confusion, and alienation that exist in an era of rapid globalization and information consumption. Through the convergence of ideas inspired by philosophical inquiries, popular media avenues, and word-play, Pugay portrays an allegorical world that is in a constant state of flux-- anxiously navigating the line between substance and futility. With a tinge of humor, his work thematically covers a range of everyday existential concerns, embodying questions about morality, the nature of truth, meaning, etc. Pugay's work is a celebration of humanity in its attempt to master the unpredictability of natural forces.

_Vanishing Totalities_ at Ditch Projects features works catalyzed by concepts derived from game theory on the topics of nature and the individual player. This exhibition focuses on themes of collectivism and the multiplicity of the self, with works generated through various game-like operations such as rhyme schemes, hypnotic inductions, categorization, and various ideation processes. Through use of such tactics, Pugay attempts to produce works that address various complicated themes with an objective point of view, simultaneously exposing the fallibility of such attempts.

Born in the Philippines, Ralph Pugay is an artist living and working in Portland, OR. His work has been featured at regional and national venues including Grounds for Sculpture, Salt Lake Art Center, The TBA the Time-Based Arts Festival, Rocksbox Contemporary Fine Art and New American Paintings Exhibition-in-Print. He is a recipient of grants and awards from institutions such as the International Sculpture Center, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He currently teaches as an adjunct instructor at Portland State University where he earned his MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice in 2010.