JAYSON OLIVERIA’S “RUINING IT FOR EVERYONE” AT ART INFORMAL

Monday, March 23, 2015

We are born, we go to school, and we get a job. The pattern has been laid out for us. Our houses and villages, our buildings and offices, our markets and farms, our prisons and graveyards are arranged in a grid so we can move from one place to another in an orderly manner. This is not true for everyone. Some opt out of this system and defy the grid.

It is believed that there is a tribe in the depths of the Amazon rainforest that has never been contacted by anyone outside the tribe. The only evidence of its existence is a photograph taken from a plane of what appears to be aboriginal hunter-gatherers shooting arrows at the direction of the photographer in the sky. Some think that this is a hoax.



Whether in an urban jungle or a wild forest or the sleepy countryside, we have no time to think. The oldest known sculpture that reflects thought and introspection, instead of the usual human concerns of hunting and fertility, is of a male figure sitting on a stool with its head on its hands, called “The Thinker” (“Ganditorul”). It predates Rodin’s famous sculpture of the same name (an image often used to represent philosophy) by seven thousand years, all the way back to prehistoric times during the Hamangia culture, which began around 5200 BC.

Throughout the history of human existence, the moon has been orbiting around the earth. When the moon is nearest earth in its orbit, it is at its biggest and brightest and is called a “supermoon.” Because it is closer to earth, the supermoon exerts 42% more tidal force than normal. Some believe that the extra gravity can affect the brain and the body and cause people to behave more unusually than in a regular full moon. It is also a time when people are prone to introspection and defy society or tribes.

Jobs, patterns, grids, uncontacted tribes, the thinker, the artist, the supermoon — what do all of these got to do with each other? They are all on view at the Art Informal Gallery on March 26 until April 25, 2015 together with the five senses, the outhouse, the church, music, a dressed chicken (that smokes), and a rat’s ass. This is Jayson Oliveria’s solo exhibition, “Ruining It for Everyone.” — Masi Solano

For more details, please call (63 2) 725-8518.

Art Informal is located at 277 Connecticut St, Greenhills East, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

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