Ordinario is a german-filipino artist based in cologne and berlin. As an architectural draftsman, he devotes himself to two- and three-dimensional shapes. These are inspired by natural forms that he repeatedly encounters in his own cultural exploration. He tries to understand his cultural roots without knowing much about them. In this way the carabaohorn becomes a leitmotif and goat heads become architectural building blocks. He graduated 2022 as a Meisterschüler in the architecture class of the Dusseldorf Art Academy and was awarded with the promotional prize.
Ordinario embarks on a journey of intercultural techniques. He describes himself as a cultural „in-between“ and thus becomes an experimenter who wants to blur the boundaries of his origins. As a result, a new world emerges that follows its own rules. The shapes appearing through this order are "freehand-symmetrical". They are created by an “invisible grid” that allows Ordinario to appear point by point. This technique allows him to orientate himself precisely on a two-dimensional medium without a prefabricated grid. He moves between geometric construction and freehand drawing with the basis of architectural operation.
Ordinario understands the resulting forms as signs. These always have a real origin and stand where two-dimensional forms begin to transform into bodies. The horns, fins and scale-like repeating geometries are like notes on a world he is trying to get to know. He wants to capture something that isn't there. Imprecise memories become precise shapes. The theoretical basis of his work is Pliny's myth of the Corinthian potter's daughter Butades. This myth not only describes the beginning of the art of drawing and its further development into the first relief. It is also the basis for discussion by the post-structuralist philosophers Jean-Luc Nancy and Jaques Derrida, who also understand the beginning of the art of drawing as the beginning of the referring sign.
Referring to the post-structuralist thinking in France at the end of the 1960s, Ordinario does not understand his signs in a direct connection to their meaning. Rather, he tries to understand what they are not, in order to approach their actual meaning. In doing so, he always engages himself in experiments and new techniques, that either refine his formal language or achieve the opposite. The architectural work in three-dimensional (building) objects helps Ordinario to transfer his sign language into the real world and manifest his work into cultural practice.
Master of Arts Baukunst (Dusseldorf Art Academy)
Meisterschüler of Prof. Calle Petzinka
Bachelor of Science Architecture (Technical University Berlin)
Draftsmantraining in Cologne
born in Cologne