Collection: Blindspot Machinery - Mano Gonzales

We witness the wreckages of history and reclaim the remains of the collision that still haunts us today.

In Blindspot Machinery, Gonzales presents relics of the past that hum a familiar sound and ring true of the Last Song syndrome. These relics, drawings -framed by steel shaped to look like the exteriors of jeepneys, with wood from ancestral homes - signify that these banal objects were once and still are vestiges of a forgotten past.
Gonzales reconfigures these into artifacts that ask us to meet the subject's gaze, acting as a mediator between the archive of imperial ephemera and an audience. He sits with the image and deliberately renders it "line by line and weight by weight" analyzing and emphasizing these forgotten figures' faces that were subjected to fear, violence, and forced to become benevolent.

In times of turmoil, we might see ourselves as being critical in rejecting hope. But in a rush to denounce it, we would be missing the point. Hope is spawned from a critical investment in something that is not yet here. Which is often cast aside as naivete, instead, it can be a means to resist the numbing conditions of our present.

-Nash Cruz

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Mano Gonzales is a self-taught artist based in Manila. Drawing on a wide range of influences ranging from history to film, photography, and fashion, Mano Gonzales introduces a body of work which includes drawing, product design, and styling. He is interested in how art emerges from the information systems and physical processes that surround us every day. His current works using pencil and paper examine the use of found historical imagery, both fact, and fiction, to serve as flash points when thinking through questions of politics, identity, and gender in a society’s collective memory.

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    Never Yours

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    Canto IV

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    Vacant Violation

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    Canto III

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    Canto II

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    Canto I

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    Without Hope

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    Without Fear

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    Excavate...destroy

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    Valientes

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    Nosotros

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