2016, Prism Gallery
We sometimes veer towards the emphasis on external appearances when we deal with people or seek to understand ourselves. Sigmund Freud, however, posits that what we see in a person is just the “tip of an iceberg”. The preconscious and unconscious layers of the mind—the non- apparent reserve of playful memories—are not evident but they influence our behavior. We have thoughts and feelings that we are not informed about, staying in a waiting room until a cue brings them to consciousness. The part that we are oblivious to, stand in another stockroom and powerfully predicts our feelings, motives and desires. Geovanni Abing brings us to his metaphor that brings us to the realization of ourselves as sons and daughters of our childhood or past experiences.
But even as we are “glued” to what is beyond our ken, we are capable of liberating ourselves from what holds us back as beings who exercise free will. With a positive outlook, we can declare that the best is yet to come. Faith, hope and love can see us through.
In this show, we may be reminded of things we get riveted to, yet we are also mesmerized by the wings Abing’s collage possesses. The artist’s oeuvres obviously fly with a fresh touch of avant-garde. His music stands out amid competing melodies around.Upon listening with our hearts, we are not really glued—we transcend.
Lucell Larawan, Art Critic