It is easy to rant nowadays.
Social media, it seems, has provided a steam valve, a means through which emotions can run unfettered.
And so the notion that democracy is digitized persists.
Though most of these opinions may lack introspection, and rants are simply rants.
On social media, an adult can act like an infant with soiled diapers. Or a baby bawling for a feeding bottle.
It is democracy, they say, protected by no basic document but by an understanding that there is no need for structures, rules or form.
Just emotions and the “me” mentality.
And so issues get muddled.
As soon as it hits the social media fan, the sh*t instantly flies as netizens are quick to draw, quicker even than Doc Holiday or Wyatt Earp, them gunslingers of the West.
And so when an artist declares that he is not making an ultimate, all-knowing, I am most right commentary but rather, “asking a question” with his art work, one can feel a fresh breeze blowing through the behind of social media.
“With the rise of environmental issues, and calamities happening here and around the world, this triggers me as an artist and environmentalist to act and call for action to protect and care for the world we live in,” Kyle Jocson says.
Kyle, one of the younger visual artists in the city described as a master of portraiture and figure painting, had a show of his artworks recently at the Jocson Art Gallery in Singcang Airport village.
Singcang Airport might ring a bell because it is in this village where fully grown trees were cut along the national highway, sparking a social media firestorm.
One of Kyle’s painting did show that scene along the old airport here but his artworks are more than the tree cutting in Bacolod.
“The show was curated in a manner timelined from the past to the present,” Kyle, an active member of the Green Alert Network explains.
“Older paintings at the show shows green lusful landscape rich in vibrant colors and as the timeline moves forward the artworks shows the disappearing of our trees showing warmer colors to convey hot and uncomfortable atmosphere.”
Everyone wants to make statements nowadays but to Kyle, “the paintings I created are not to make a statement but rather pose a question. The most important question we often forget to ask ourselves ‘what’s going to happen in the future?'”
“My works will serve as a reminder of our moral obligations as an individual to care for our home,” Kyle explains.