Jonathan Dangue, De La Salle Lipa (DLSL) high school batch 2001 alumnus, showcased his brassworks in an exhibit entitled “Stoic Drinks”, September 19 to October 2, at Galerie Francesca, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City and at ManilArt 2017, Oct. 12 to 15, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City.
“Stoic Drinks,” according to Dangue, was inspired by his current life situation. He used brass as an antenna to send a message to the universe. He used “sigils” (power symbolisms) for each brass piece – drawn from his research on the former. Each work has stones serving as charms aiming to project energies – for the earth to listen to one’s vibrations (needs).
For instance, Dangue utilized carnelian in “Positibong Naiisip,” a protection versus jealousy and anger. It also looks into cultivating harmonious relationships. On the other hand, black tourmaline was meant to connect an individual with the earth’s energies. It was said to provide protection and attract wealth.
Every stone or clear crystal is enclosed in clear resin, a symbol of fluidity and water – also connected with the subconscious, emotions, and the soul. Each piece likewise symbolizes a “drink”, considered an antidote to life’s frustrations – thus the exhibit’s title.
Beginnings as a Sculptor
Dangue began receiving invitations to group and solo sculpture shows when he joined Metrobank Art and Design Excellence (MADE) in 2011. Since then, he graced invitations from well-known Philippine art galleries such as the Art Verite, Pinto Museum, Art Cube, Boston Gallery, Galerie Francesca, and others.
“Sculpture, just like architecture, deals with 3D space. Sculpting gives me more freedom to express myself and gave me more time to reflect and meditate. I can study myself as a human being. Self-reflection through the arts can make you know yourself better,” Dangue expressed.
Dangue is an architect by profession. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree, Major in Design and Applied Arts from Mapua Institute of Technology.
In high school, Dangue recalled having joined numerous art contests – even failing several times as well. He did not mind losing, for what he valued was the process of expressing himself through the arts.
He also took up graphic arts and portrait arts lessons in the campus. Moreover, he reiterated on how the institution molded him to become an innovator and to decide upon his calling in life. He fondly recalls how, through the Guidance Office, he would openly discuss his career options. The values of being a doer, learner, sharer/server, and leader, moreover, according to him, remain instilled in him. These were just some of the ways DLSL was instrumental in his formative years, according to him.