In “Stoic Drinks,” artist Jonathan Dangue studies world cultures and philosophies on good luck, such as feng shui from the East and magic from the west.
In “Stoic Drinks,” each work acts like a charm imbued with intent to protect and manifest energies to fulfill a person’s particular needs.
Each work is fashioned like a magnet of sorts, to generate good energies and protection.
The brass piece acts like a copper coil in an electromagnetic battery, to gather and magnify electromagnetic energy which the core generates. Each piece contains specific crystals and stones associated with magical protection or charm.
Each brass piece is also enhanced by magical seals, drawn from the artist’s research on “sigils,” or symbols of power.
Black tourmaline, for example, used in “Naglilinis sa Mga Negatibong Naiisip,” is supposed to connect a person with the energies of the earth. It is both protective and has the power to attract wealth.
Carnelian, which Dangue uses in “Positibong Naiisip,” protects against anger and jealousy, and is supposed to foster harmonious partnerships.
Each core crystal or stone is encased in clear resin, symbolic of water and fluidity, which is associated with the emotions, the subconscious and the soul.
Each work is also symbolic of a “drink,” which can be partaken as an antidote to the frustrations of life, hence the title of the exhibit. —CONTRIBUTED
“Stoic Drinks” opens on Sept. 19, 6.30 p.m., at Galerie Francesca, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Call 5709495; e-mail [email protected]