Ilonggo artists join ‘Himbon’
“HIMBON” is Hiligaynon for gathering or grouping together. It signifies unity. But it is a term that also insinuates collusion, participation, even connivance.
Ilonggo artists have been gathering, grouping, and re-grouping for several decades already – forming communities with matching interests, personalities and kindred spirits – to assert themselves and their art.
At times, these groupings succeeded – but there were also times when the initial bang easily turned into a whimper, after the first surge. But credit must be given to the Ilonggo artist for his/her resolve and singlemindedness to thrive in the face of unreliable art patronage.
August is often referred to as “tagkiliwi” in Ilonggo culture because rise harvest is still a few months away. Scarcity and a hard life characterize the month.
“Himbon” seeks to once again be a signal of the Ilonggo artists’ assertion, if not defiance of circumstantial odds posed against a life devoted to art – a life typically lived in difficulty, a life always in the period of “tagkiliwi.”
The endeavor is interesting because it shows the local art veterans, the award-winning, and the neophytes all come together for one exhibit – 47 strong – to put on an exhibition and affirm that a life lived for art is not a waste of time.
While some may dismiss “Himbon” as a gratuitous amalgam, it is actually bursting with virtues: tenacity, truthfulness, selfdiscipline, sincerity, idealism, integrity as well as concern, consideration, and commitment for art and for fellow artists.
“Himbon” was exhibited on the ground floor of SM City Iloilo from Aug. 17 to 27./
“Transitional Womb,” fabric paint on woven fabric by
“Missing You 2,” cold cast marble by Harry Mark Gonzales.
“Inside Love’s Garden” (Manature Series Opus 139), acrylic collage on canvas by Ed Defensor.
“Pa-On,” mixed media by Jounin Sumile.
“Inosenti,” acrylic on board by Jecko Magallon.
“Kapawa (Illumination),” oil on canvas by Marrz Capanag.
“i inspiration,” oil on canvas by Jonn Laserna.