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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

JOEY COBCOBO @ 13:52 GAWA DOS


There are exceptional artists that had the experience of “channeling” their creativity. Guided by their sturdy faith and unyielding prayers, the artworks they are producing appears to be coming through them rather than being created by them. One such artist is Joey Cobcobo – painter, carver, fine art printmaker and recently short-listed in the 2009 Ateneo Art Awards.

In 13:52 Gawa Dos, Cobcobo remains steadfast in his art ministry as he continues to head off for something new, to break away, to defy, to grapple with the unfamiliar. In this series of woodcut prints, Cobcobo’s main focus is to present works that retain their Filipino flavor.

“Coffee Break” comes as a call for respite very much similar to the vernacular “Magkape muna tayo.” However, the call for respite in Cobcobo’s monoprint which appears as an impression of a small coffee branch is an invitation for those who have surrendered battling every day struggles and ended up defeated. “Pagod ka na.” Take a coffee break, have faith and rely on the Lord. “Come unto me and all ye that labor and are heavily laiden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Steadfastness in searching and understanding the meaning of God’s words is the central message of “Taguan.” The Filipino “Hide and Seek” is a game played by children on the streets whose objective is to patiently look for and find those who have hidden. The gospels of Jesus Christ with its clear-cut messages were written in parables, metaphorical earth stories with heavenly meanings which may not be immediately understood. Cobcobo’s monoprint encourages persistence, that unwavering faith to continue to seek first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) and to find strength in his Words (Philippians 4:13).

The image depicting a man with no arms and legs is that familiar mendicant we see by the steps of church doors or by-streets, a portrayal of the Filipino poor’s hopelessness in life whose main source of daily provisions comes from the alms he can collect. “No Legs, No arms, No Worries” becomes autobiographical for Cobcobo whose strives in life armed only with that unwavering faith and trust in his Lord and Savior who is the ultimate Provider (Philippians 4:19).

Joey Cobcobo – visual artist, God’s servant and warrior fights daily battles no different from the monoprint “War In Heaven” which is the apocalyptic combat. ‘“Now is come salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ... (Revelations 12:10) Joey Cobcobo shall continue to be a messenger of The Good News.


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