Parasite Paradise: 1999-2009

Paul de Guzman


Parasite Paradise: 1999-2009 presents two bodies of work Paul de Guzman produced at opposite ends of a decade, each an aspect of his investigations into forms of artistic quotation and parasitism. In de Guzman’s cut-up, altered magazine pieces produced in 1999, the printed content is subjected to a controlled form of physical deconstruction. In his current body of photographic work, early 20th-century architectural postcards are juxtaposed with corresponding architectural models rendered in Lego building blocks. Although most architectural photographs are intended to record the monumentality of human achievement, de Guzman’s photographs offer a different conceptualization of buildings as temporary and transient.