"A Guide to Self-Implosion" - Annie Concepcion, Gale Encarnacion, Lui Gonzales, Carlo De Laza, Genavee Lazaro, Pam Quinto & Maricar Tolentino
March 17, 2018
Prompted by the notion that we each have our own demons, vices, unhealthy patterns, and guilty pleasures, A Guide to Self Implosion is an amalgam of self destruction, social constraints, frustration and pain rendered in ceramics, plaster, resin, paper dolls, and pen drawings.
Genavee Lazaro and Pam Quinto employ objects of vice to demonstrate self destructive habits. Genavee provides the audience with six FEEL BETTER BOXes equipped with tools for a variety of vices—such as shot glasses, ashtrays, and pipes—all rendered in glazed stoneware. The objects in these DIY sets for self destruction are stamped with tempting inscriptions. The shot glasses invite you to forget; the ashtrays tempt you to satisfy your craving; and the pipes beckon you to inhale. Pam on the other hand, has piled 620 ceramic cigarette butts in I Really Ought to Cut Back, 620 being the number of sticks smoked in a month if you smoke a pack per diem. The viewers are invited to take away pieces from the pile, to instigate an act of visually and physically undoing the accumulated cigarettes. Pam also hints at the denial of addictions and unhealthy habits despite their obvious destructive consequences in Who are you fooling?, a couple of cement and resin slabs with the text Kaya ko pa written in the center.
Gale Encarnacion, Maricar Tolentino, and Carlo De Laza each have their own takes on the human body and the human condition. Gale’s work is an exploration of the extent by which the body is something that can be consumed. Fascinated by the notion of the things that we find tasty or desirable and at the same time abject, 64 pieces of derriere holes rendered in plaster make up her work, Marshmallow Kisses. Maricar’s paper dolls embody the repetitive cycle of having to fill roles dictated by social constructs and ideals, of having to live our lives according to what we are “supposed to do.” And Carlo has taken on deterioration in the form of two human busts, with their bases eroded by the seemingly endless crashing of tides.
Lui Gonzales and Annie Concepcion have each applied a different treatment to pen drawing to illustrate their versions of self implosion. In Lui’s series, My Memory Fails Me, she illustrates her frustration over the inevitable occurrence of forgetting. The remnants of her multilayered drawings are displayed in vintage frames, as a means of showing an attachment and commemoration for the things that temporarily surpass time. The fragments she has torn off her drawings are placed in a jar, sealed and difficult to interpret. With Pinch in the Heart, Annie visualizes her version of self implosion, prompted by her personal experiences with heartache. She employs images that already have their own meaning and representation, such as the heart and crab claws, then correlates these images with parts of the human body that cause or are involved with causing self implosion.