Norma Belleza and Angelito Antonio / Plet Bolipata and Elmer Borlongan / Clairelynn Uy and Jojo Lofranco / Tessy and Jon Pettyjohn / Pam Yan Santos and John Santos / Marina Cruz and Rodel Tapaya / Mervy Pueblo and Noell El Farol


“An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist, an artist should avoid falling in love with another artist, an artist should avoid falling in love with another artist…”
“What is done in love is done well.”
Partner. Why do we need a partner? Is it a biological calling, seared into our genes with the purpose of saving mankind from extinction? Is it a social construct, a romance sold to us through Mills & Boon novels and Meg Ryan movies? Or is it art, meshing into another human being in order to share our existence, and what we have inside ourselves?
It’s not unusual for artists to pair off with co-artists: Picasso and Dora Maar. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Dalí and Gala. Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Ai Wei Wei and Lu Qing. John and Yoko. The question, however, of whether it is for their best interest to do so, is often raised. Most of these partnerships, although benefiting the arts, are turbulent rollercoasters. Some have a happy ending, and some a not so happy ending.
In Liongoren Gallery’s Pares Pares, we see relationships between artists likened to a bundy clock, to a concept of chemical kinetics and locomotion, and to an ancient tradition, the ideal way to work and raise a family.
Everything is collaboration, where one’s strength complements the other’s weakness.
“The collaborative piece illustrates a comparison between work and marriage. In the same way that we give dedication to one’s art, a similar effort should also be given in nurturing a marriage and maintaining a family. This comparison is depicted through the symbolic use of a bundy clock and time card showing a couple’s full-time presence in marriage.”
Art is meant to be shared. We create it to save us from our isolation, to communicate with others, to be part of others. Although we cannot ultimately look to another individual to complete ourselves, for only we can allow that, we can let others complement us “like an arrangement of items in sequence, in a life full of branches that deals with the actions of undeniable non-marginable dynamic systems.”
Ultimately, we need only identify the one person we can mesh our existence with.
By Lorena Ruiz Santos

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