"MYSTICS OF DELUDED EXISTENCE"

   By Lena Cobangbang

 

Ferdz Valencia mines from his background of comics and skateboard graphics illustration to draw out mystic visions that reverberate from the cacophony of a mash-up religiosity that combines superstitions, folklore, urban mythology, UFOlogy into a fatalistic polytheism. Incorporating symbols and icons from a wide array of these myths and stories he’s also culled from pagan cults as well as from folk religion.  Each densely illustrated panel form mandala-like symmetrical compositions that rather read like a map on his ruminations on the divine, aspiring for transcendence in the rigorous craft of drawing, struggling to defy the banalities of a quotidian existence, at the same time, present the paradoxes of such a faith reliant on talismanic miracles.  The symmetry doubles as an affirmation of their existence and yet casts doubts on the veracity of its claims of the miraculous and esoteric truths. Whether these are to be believed or not, these persist as the world plunges further into uncertainty.

Valencia is a self-taught artist who was involved  in the underground comix scene in the 90s.  Together with fellow artist/illustrators they formed the group Alas Dose and released the self-published  Quatro comix series. He also came up with his own skateboard line Incubator and currently does graphics for Muckefuck skateboards and Black Label as Grudgebait Designs.  He also does collaborations under Crocogator with Victor Balanon where their stop motion animation video-installation was featured in the 2012 Jakarta Biennale. 

 

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"MYSTICS OF DELUDED EXISTENCE"

   By Lena Cobangbang

 

Ferdz Valencia mines from his background of comics and skateboard graphics illustration to draw out mystic visions that reverberate from the cacophony of a mash-up religiosity that combines superstitions, folklore, urban mythology, UFOlogy into a fatalistic polytheism. Incorporating symbols and icons from a wide array of these myths and stories he’s also culled from pagan cults as well as from folk religion.  Each densely illustrated panel form mandala-like symmetrical compositions that rather read like a map on his ruminations on the divine, aspiring for transcendence in the rigorous craft of drawing, struggling to defy the banalities of a quotidian existence, at the same time, present the paradoxes of such a faith reliant on talismanic miracles.  The symmetry doubles as an affirmation of their existence and yet casts doubts on the veracity of its claims of the miraculous and esoteric truths. Whether these are to be believed or not, these persist as the world plunges further into uncertainty.

Valencia is a self-taught artist who was involved  in the underground comix scene in the 90s.  Together with fellow artist/illustrators they formed the group Alas Dose and released the self-published  Quatro comix series. He also came up with his own skateboard line Incubator and currently does graphics for Muckefuck skateboards and Black Label as Grudgebait Designs.  He also does collaborations under Crocogator with Victor Balanon where their stop motion animation video-installation was featured in the 2012 Jakarta Biennale. 

 

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