Quarto 1: Patrick Cruz & Laiwan



Toward the boundless (fruit of the conqueror)
Patrick Cruz & Laiwan


In Toward the boundless (fruit of the conqueror), collaborators Patrick Cruz and Laiwan explore artistic strategies for working against formal, procedural, and colonial structures. The resulting work pairs Cruz’s maximalist resistance of an unwieldy apparition with Laiwan’s minimalist looping text that echoes the painting’s desires, hollows, and erasures.


Offset lithograph on acid-free vellum
35.56 cm x 45.72 cm (unfolded)
Numbered edition of 100
$150 CAD (unframed)


About the Artists

Patrick Cruz is an artist, organizer, and educator born in Quezon City, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, and holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, a certificate in Pochinko clowning, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Cruz is a co-founding member of Kamias Special Projects (KSP), a curatorial collective that hosts the Kamias Triennial in his hometown of Quezon City. Cruz’s practice is informed by the intersections of folk spirituality, diasporic aesthetics, cultural hybridity, and the project of decolonization.

Laiwan is a cultural activist, artist, writer, and educator with a practice based in poetics and philosophy. Born in Zimbabwe of Chinese parents, her family immigrated to Canada in 1977 to leave the war in Rhodesia. Based on the unceded territories of the xwmə0kwəyəm, Skwxwú7mesh, and səlílwəta?l peoples, her collection TENDER: selected poems (2020) is published by Talonbooks. Her exhibition Traces, Erasures, Resists at the Belkin Gallery at UBC ran from January 7 to April 10, 2022.


About the Quarto Series

The Quarto Series furthers the magazine’s long history of experimentation across image and text by inviting, for each iteration, an artist and poet duo to collaborate on a new print work. Each edition is offset-printed on a single 14 x 18-inch sheet, then folded into quarters and enclosed in a special Quarto Series envelope. Proceeds go towards supporting TCR’s ongoing work as a vital platform for experimentation in writing and art.