Courage of the Lost
EVENT #: 68840
Existence—that is simply being alive—comes with the burden of being lost.
It comes with the burden of choice, and with that comes the anxiety of not knowing where each choice can take you. We are not given an instruction manual or any clear cut directions on how you should live. Still, we push on ahead.
There comes a time when no matter how lost one may feel, certain courage comes up from within. No matter how lost, we still go forward. No matter how difficult and unknown things may go, how our paths may lead to something daunting, we still go on. We go along because there is a fear that we will never know the outcome until we try.Red Salonga’s 4th solo show “Courage of the Lost” tackles the hopeful aftermath of being lost. It is a development from Salonga’s previous works tackling anxiety and the absence of direction. In this exhibit, he focuses on a singular character all-throughout his pieces in a series of places and movements. As if waking up in the middle of the night, the persona moves through a series of doors courageously walking forward without hesitation.
Though seemingly unprepared, they walk with an unexpected fascination towards the uncertain future, almost as if entranced, dropping all inhibitions to reach out to what could be.
Even though they walk forward, Salonga shows through his rock-headed persona that it is not without effort but with the weight of stone signifying the unresolved burdens that have settled in time. As if waking up from a long slumber, they finally get up to explore their chances, burdens in tow and all. Moss, grass, and other plant life are evident as well which can be interpreted in two ways; a dark forest to get lost into, or a dreamlike woodland to explore showing once again the uncertainties that lie ahead.