Most of the time, artists react on specific interests and reflect it to their works. Be it personal experiences and struggles, their distinctive response to their surroundings, to asking critical inquiries regarding pressing issues enveloping the society we live in. It seems like we are trapped in a vicious sequence, constantly cornered into a tight spot, overwhelmed with one issue after another. A never-ending cycle that sets a burden to all of us, and at times we need to break out.
“Loose Screws” features works by Mariano Ching and Blic, altering the typical white wall gallery space into their own representation of a skate shop. The pieces were painted on wooden decks which goes hand in hand with a conventional set up of merchandises, skate parts, apparels, a partition that acts as a store counter equipped with a cash register. The exhibition exemplifies escapism through art, a breather from unfortunate events unfolding daily, on the other hand a reflection of what kind of society we have become.
Mariano Ching’s art entices perceptions and artistic works usually caters to audiences, but we often forget that artist themselves have the first glimpse of their masterpieces. Art pleases, but above everything else, art should first please the artist. Mariano Ching’s series of works embodies this notion, he tried to reconnect to the pleasures that art provides to its maker. For this exhibition, Ching detached meaning making from the images he chose to portray, and the pre-conceived notions affixed to it. He opted to have fun above all else. A brief flight from everything that is currently forced upon us, a smokescreen that obscures the adversity of our daily reality.
BLIC’s people were born flawed, and these imperfections gave every person their own individuality. Each one may be equaled to a puzzle piece that fits right into other fragments to form an image, an ideal metaphor of a society, but our existing reality sits on the opposite. Blic’s series of works depict the opposites of human reality. He captures the will of people to succeed while on the other hand revealing the ironic truth of the society’s machinations of fabricated existence. We are all witness to a world that embraces manufactured reality rather than striving to confront the truth.