The Gathering Season: wherein I explain my first solo exhibit in words and photographs and profusely thank everyone who became a part of this wonderful night :3
From L to R, Top to Bottom:
Love Goes Where My Lavender Grows, Kit and Caboodle, As Quick As You Can, My Backyard is a Jungle, In Lieu of a Postcard, This Is No Place For Giants
Protego Maxima, Time in Capsules, Man and Machine, Mischief in Fruit Aisle 42, A Lesson in Numismatics, Pocket Weight
(Btw, digital copies of my 12-piece collection is up in my folio site. Scroll down to the end of the entry for the link :D Also, this exhibit will be up at Heima until the end of October!)
The Cabinet of Curiosities
Coded polaroid wall with quotes
Segue 1: Thanks to my friends Seed Bunye, Rizza Cabrera, and The Sun Manager + MOONWLK and Zeon Gomez for performing for my event! Thank you for being a part of The Gathering Season, I WUV U LOL.
Segue 2: Such a fan of this pocket-sized girl, April Hernandez of The Sun Manager! Trivia: I made art for her collection of country crest stickers (see In Lieu of a Postcard)
The polaroids that above was talking about, are the ones pictured right below. As I got ahold of each collector’s prized possessions, I photographed them with expired instant films. I matched the photos with significant quotes I pulled from the respective owners – the quotes I acquired from my personal interviews.
On top of each photo was a collector’s code – a string of (non-random, predetermined) numbers and letters that I assigned to each of my subjects. The codes have also been assigned to the objects displayed in the cabinet of curiosities (e.g. RML-CGR54 for valve amplifiers, JRE-SCT26 for the pitcher plant specimen), as well as the collage work that the items have given birth to.
The collector’s code is a tool to make sense of the art installation as a whole. It is a way to conceal the identity of the collector to the casual viewer, but also a way to decode the actual person by matching it with a legend that lists the real names of my subjects.
The code is the only key that opens the clear connection of the main collage work (via the coded artworks) to the actual objects that they owned (via the cabinet), as well as the words and stories they’ve shared (via the quotes on the polaroid wall). So even though a casual viewer can appreciate the works as separate pieces or installations, a careful examination of the whole exhibit untangles the complicated web I’ve weaved across the two wide walls.
Segue 3: Here I am, performing my original songs on my own exhibit! What a surreal moment getting to present my art and music to the same audience in one night!
Segue 4: The wildly popular pastel alcoholic mixed drink, Milky Wasted!
The usage of collage as a medium is a near perfect match for the subject of collecting, adding further depth to the statement of a greater purpose in a whole. The artist pieces together images related only by thematic or aesthetic elements, creating a composition that transcends the sum of its parts. Very much like the collections they portray.
The collections ran a rather eclectic range, varying from ‘things stolen from restaurants’ to ‘carnivorous and hanging plants’, showcasing the boundlessness of subjects that people could attach their passions to. But perhaps the best part of a collection comes in the sharing of experiences; the ability to give people a glimpse into your own little world and frame your own individuality.
Curiously, I thought almost that this assemblage of people attending the exhibit could be a collection of Reese’s. Comprised of family, friends, friends of friends, and perhaps the odd stranger or two like myself, this group came together on this night to take part in a showcase that was uniquely Reese Lansangan
Also, please check out this wonderful poem he wrote, inspired by The Gathering Season’s subject of collecting. It’s rare of me to find poetry that I really like, and this I really do like. The imagery is crisp and clear as day.
One of the few, clear shots of my framed work! Can you match the collection with the art? The two collages below seem pretty obvious!
This Is No Place For Giants (from the collection of JKB-MIN10): this was the favorite of most of my friends (or so they said haha!). It was inspired by my friend’s collection of miniature things. Her Cabinet of Curiosities item is the mini dictionary at the topmost right of the cabinet. Scroll up so you can see!
This is my only good photo with my works!!! Thank you so much PCheng Photography for coming! They wrote a great review of the event over at their blog as well, so check it out!
I guess the point of this lengthy post is just to say a massive THANK YOU.
Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to support The Gathering Season!!!! The attendance was CRAZY and went beyond my expectations! I’ve been such a bad online person lately, resorting to Instagram and Twitter for a quick primer of what I’ve been recently up to, so I was absolutely surprised and delighted with the turn-out of my exhibit! Young readers came (ever so promptly, too!) to check the works out with their parents. Some even stayed up until 11:30 to watch me perform. Some were close friends, some were old friends from old schools, some were strangers who were dragged by other common friends, some were fans of Heima who happened to be curious, and some just found themselves there at that night. Whoever you are and however way you wound up at The Gathering Season, my heartfelt thank you for being there <3
I also would like to thank Heima for trusting me enough to hold my very first exhibit in the confines of their lovely store. I’ve been a fan ever since the brand’s conception and I’m so overwhelmed by the trust and confidence that they placed upon me. October 4 was just truly a great moment! I’m still giddy!
Some important things before I close this entry:
1) My exhibit will run the whole month of October, so you can drop by Heima Brixton at Kapitolyo during store hours to check the works out for yourself!
2) My collages are for sale, just drop by Heima and ask around if you’re curious! Or email me for an online catalogue :)
3) My 12-piece collection from The Gathering Season is up at my portfolio site! Check it awt.
4) Thank you to my friends for the photographs. The pretty ones have been taken by Karen Dela Fuente of Shutterpanda Photography. The professional singular photo of me with my works is by PCheng Photography, and the rest is by my sister.
5) Check out #thegatheringseason hashtag both on Instagram and Twitter for more photos!!!
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Thank you thank you thank you and I love you all <3